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Post Date: 2012-12-05

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    Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:17pm
Hi everyone:

First of all I have had this computer for just 2 days and I enjoy every thing that it has. MY SPECS ARE:

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Black OPS HailStorm Edition
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Six-Core)
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 DELUXE (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1866MHz Corsair Dominator DHX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (240GB Solid State (By: Corsair) (Model: Neutron GTX Series) (SATA 6Gbps)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray & DVD Writer/Reader (Burn + Play Blu-Ray & DVDs) (12x BD-R)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 4GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 4: Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System: CPU Only
H20 Tube Color: White Tubing with High-Performance Fluid (UV Lighting Reactive)
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Blue) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (White)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: HailStorm & 950Si Case Only: Video Card(s) Area: Drill and Mount a Side Window 120mm Fan Blow-Hole
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro/Deluxe/Sabertooth Motherboard)
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 8 (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Advanced Recovery Kit (40GB Hard Drive Partition of Image With OS & Drivers)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Medium)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

Now this computer is too fast and I don't need to worry for waiting any program to start and load. After doing a lot of research I was first persuaded for buying an Alienware Aurora R4 but when I was viewing some stuff on the internet I ended up at the digital storm web page. I started looking every computer and I was amazed of the reviews of too many people that had no concerns about what they had ordered. So I did a comparison between the Hailstorm and the Alienware. Alienware was OK but not outstanding. Why?? Because it has a small Motherboard which you can only expand 2 cards and that's it. The cooling system is too cheap and they charge you a lot for that PC. I ended up buying this digital storm PC and I DO NOT REGRET ANYTHING. This computer is too big that when I showed up to my buddies they looked astonished and jealous because they saw an amazing machine that comes out of this world. I can say that they have an amazing customer service which were too kind to answer all my questions and replaced a component that I upgraded with no excuses that they were too busy or something like that. (POWER SUPPLY FROM 800W TO 1050W CORSAIR HX).

PROS:

CUSTOMER SERVICE,HIGH QUALITY COMPONENTS, AMAZING SLEEK DESIGNS THEY HAVE,SHIPPING SERVICE AND OF COURSE THE GOOD PACKAGING OF YOUR PC.

CONS:
NONE TO THIS DAY.

When I first opened this machine I noticed that the interior didn't have the foam mold to protect the video cards from dislodging in shipping.

Another thing to point out is that when I removed the side panel, the fan that it was mounted in the side window wasn't connected.

Finally, When I opened the Front Panel USB,s and Firewire stuff the lid didn't close anymore. (This was because down of the lid is connected the blue ray player and the blue ray is not letting the lid close well). I THINK I WILL MOVE THE BLUE RAY PLAYER TO ANOTHER 5.25" BAY.

Now I will show you my system with a few pics:





NOW THE TEMPS:

CPU 46°C IDLE
MOTHERBOARD: 28°C IDLE
HARD DRIVE: 29°C
NVIDIA GRAPHICS CARD: 30°C

Overall I am really satisfied with my product, and I am like a boy with a new toy. Very Happy :) I am astonished with the work Digital Storm has put in this PC. Everything is flawlessly and runs very fast with no issues at this day.

WINDOWS 8 SPECS:

PROCESSOR SCORE 8.6 - 3930K OVERCLOCKED TO 4.6 GHZ.
RAM SCORE - 8.6 16 GB 1866 MHZ
GRAPHICS - 8.1 NVIDIGIA GTX 680.
GAMING GRAPHICS - 8.1
PRIMARY HARD DISK SCORE - 8.1

THIS IS OUT OF 9.9 WHICH IS THE TOP SCORE IN WINDOWS 8.

Another thing is that this machine runs awesome with WINDOWS 8 so I highly recommend upgrading to Windows 8. I just installed CLASSIC SHELL which restores the START BUTTON and everything is the same as Windows 7.

I CAN SAY THAT FROM THIS DAY ON, I WILL LOOK NO ELSEWHERE TO BUY MY PCs and LAPTOPS. I have become a new loyal customer to DIGITAL Storm and I will throw away the garbage that I used to have.

THANKS DIGITAL STORM FOR EVERYTHING.
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  Quote xii Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:22pm
Originally posted by joguco2012

I will throw away the garbage that I used to have.


   -- This right here. I support this review.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:23pm
LOL :)
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  Quote JerryW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:27pm
The same thing happened to my front panel I/O panel.  All you have to do is remove the front bezel and put it back on.  It will then line up correctly and the panel will close without hitting the DVD bezel.

Corsair 800D manual

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2.2.1. Removing the front panel
Standing in front of the case, reach under the bottom of the front panel and, using firm pressure, pull upwards and forwards. The front panel is not held in place with any screws or wires, but must be removed in order to access the lower drive bay or remove 5.25” bay covers


Edited by JerryW - 05 Dec 2012 at 5:31pm
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:30pm
Thank you Jerry for letting me know that, :) I was going to give Digital Storm a call tomorrow but I guess I will go and do what you are telling me.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:34pm
Thank you for posting your awesome review!

Thanks JerryW for the solution as well.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:39pm
Thank you Alex I tried to show all the contents of the pictures but some of them were cut a little bit when I pressed the post review button.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 5:44pm
You're welcome and no problem.
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 8:43pm
What is that white bracket next to the video cards I hope it is removable personally its an eye sore
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 8:47pm
I think is to handle the video card because it has a screw that is attached to that bracket. It came with that and I don't know if it is important or if you can remove it. Perhaps someone can answer this question.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 9:27pm
Ive been playing MEDAL OF HONOR WARFIGHTER with ultra settings and I get 80 FPS and CPU temp is 46°C, Motherboard 30°C, Hard drive 30°C and GPU 63°C. Excellent machine, no issues and no BSOD.
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  Quote xii Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 9:36pm
Its to keep the video cards still. It should be fine to remove. Double check however.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2012 at 10:13pm
It's designed for safe shipping and yes, it can be removed.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 4:09am
Nice pics....   Nice review.....   Congrats on a dynamite rig.   
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 5:51am
Good to know it can be removed but for now I will leave it as it is. Thanks for your comments. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
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  Quote ArkansasWoman777 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 7:44am
Awesome pics and good review
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Stage 3: 12-2-12
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  Quote retirednavysnipe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 9:00am
Good review and nice pics. Congrats on purchasing a great rig. Have fun gaming.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 9:37am
JERRYW:

Thanks dude I have removed the front panel and put it back again and I can now close the front usb and firewire lid with no problem. . Thanks ArkansasWoman and retirednavysnipe for your nice comments.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 9:40am
SOME MORE PICTURES FOR YOU ALL:







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Nice!
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Indeed. Looks good.
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Thank you all for taking the time to post a comment. Have a wondeful day. Big%20Smile
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2012 at 9:33pm
Cheers! The blue LEDs look nice with the white tubing and black chassis.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Mar 2013 at 7:27pm
Hello to everyone is been now almost 3 months since I bought my first Digital Storm Hailstorm pc and it is still rocking!!. I have some new pics to show you. First of all want to let you all know that I replaced the Bose companion 5 that I had for these magnific set of speakers. CORSAIR SP2500 which totally blow away the Bose. I just need to buy a decent sound card like the creative Fatality card. The bass is astonishing and beats the Bose companion 5 Bass. The clearness that comes from these speakers is amazing!!! Also these set of speakers have tweeters for clean and clear sound.

The other thing that I upgraded from this PC is the RAM which I bought two corsairs sticks of 8 GB each and now I have 32 GB of 1866 MHz memory.

Enjoy the pics and let me know what you think.

Kind Regards to all!!

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Originally posted by joguco2012

Hello to everyone is been now almost 3 months since I bought my first Digital Storm Hailstorm pc and it is still rocking!!. I have some new pics to show you. First of all want to let you all know that I replaced the Bose companion 5 that I had for these magnific set of speakers. CORSAIR SP2500 which totally blow away the Bose. I just need to buy a decent sound card like the creative Fatality card. The bass is astonishing and beats the Bose companion 5 Bass. The clearness that comes from these speakers is amazing!!! Also these set of speakers have tweeters for clean and clear sound.

The other thing that I upgraded from this PC is the RAM which I bought two corsairs sticks of 8 GB each and now I have 32 GB of 1866 MHz memory.

Enjoy the pics and let me know what you think.

Kind Regards to all!!

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Here are the pics sorry!!




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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Mar 2013 at 8:05pm
Sweet! Thank you for sharing.
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Awesome, thanks for the update! 
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You're welcome!! Cheers..
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I like.
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No problem -- it is a very nice system, it looks very sleek.
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Loved the pictures and great review you shared!!!
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