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Post Date: 2011-02-17

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    Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 8:45pm
System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Black OPS Assassin Edition
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 12GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Digital Storm Certified (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Highly Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (80GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: X25-M MLC Edition) (Extreme Performance)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (Model: Black Edition WD1002FAEX)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Player (Play Blu-Ray and Play DVDs)
Optical Drive 2: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 3: FrostChill 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 (UV) (Creates Glowing Effect for H20 Tubes)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: Noise Suppression Package Stage 2 (Optimized Airflow & Fan Speeds with Noise Dampening Material)
CPU Boost: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Pre-Install Game: FREE: Hot-selling game with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
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 (Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: FREE PROMO: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 4 Year Limited Warranty

All I've gotta say is this machine is a beast! Digital Storm is pure quality and they definitely deliver on what they promise. I've never had a better gaming system and this baby delivers rock solid performance!

Pictures below:




Edited by schwing - 18 Feb 2011 at 10:38pm
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 9:20pm
OMG ITS A FREAKING ORANGE MOUSE!!!!

what mouse is that?
and why did you go with 12gb ram?

looks like a very sleek case. and a awesome rig
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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 9:23pm
Thanks! its a razer Krait. i actually like it a lot for RTS games, and its not as wide as other Razer mice which I find more comfortable.

To be honest, I should have done a lot more research on the forums before purchasing my gig but I like to have many apps open and multi-task a lot so I thought 12gb would be nice.
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 9:28pm
yea with the ram 8gb is probably as much as you would need. premire and after fx eat up a lot and so does vmware but other than that you don't need too much.

I like keeping things open too bc it reminds me what to do when i leave my computer for school or something but i've been on 4gb ram for a few years and never have needed more (except when i game for enough ram i have to close programs down).

but enjoy the rig and didn't know razer made orange mice. thats cool!
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 9:56pm
Congrats! Awesome

I've been wanting to see some pictures of the Assassin with LC, as most of the pictures I see are air cooled. How's everything running thus far?
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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 10:03pm
Thank you sir! Everything is running great. There are quite a few fans and the case was designed to have great airflow but even so everything is very quiet. The air purifier in my room is louder than my pc! I believe I'm getting pretty good temperatures with my processor getting to a max of 55 deg C under load and my GPU has not hit 80 deg C. Getting incredible framerates when I run Starcraft 2 :D
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 10:19pm
Awesome! Hahaha

If you don't mind my asking, what did Digital Storm take your CPU to via the free overclock?
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 10:21pm
yea i was going to ask but i'm too lazy lol
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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 10:21pm
3.81 GHz!
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 10:25pm
nice!
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 11:37pm
Cool

Very nice rig you got there! Gotta love those free overclocks. I've bumped mine up a little bit, to just a tad over 4Ghz, but as I know absoluteluhtivaly nothing about overclocking, I haven't gone much further than that.

I totally hear you on the sound, my old Dell m1530 laptop, is louder than my new Digital Storm rig. LOL
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  Quote RiceEatin2000GT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Feb 2011 at 12:18am
very nice looking! maybe its just the huge pics but is it just me or do i see a mess of cables?
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Feb 2011 at 12:23am
that's just the power going to the gpu. its as clean as possible and covered in black tape (forgot what thouse things r called)
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  Quote celariom Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Feb 2011 at 2:21am
Awesome rig

could you take more pictures of the frostchill ?

I ordered the stage 3 as well and would like to see more of it, especially in a nice case like yours.
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Congrats!  Thanks for sharing the pics!
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Feb 2011 at 7:38am
Originally posted by celariom

Awesome rig

could you take more pictures of the frostchill ?

I ordered the stage 3 as well and would like to see more of it, especially in a nice case like yours.


have you seen these pics?


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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Feb 2011 at 10:39pm
EDIT: Just updated the pictures so they fit the screen. Also, its hard to tell from the pics but I have UV lighting as well. it looks really cool in person
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  Quote celariom Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Feb 2011 at 12:01am
Nooooo I hadnt seen those yet. Pretty cool but not frostchill.

Im trying to figure out how they place it exactly to plan future components, since the MB is rotated for the fancy assassin case its still hard to tell.

But resizing those pics helped alot!

Those tubes dont look very reactive to the uv though, or at all.
I ordered blue ones, hope they are better suited to the light.

Amazing looking rig regardless.
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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Feb 2011 at 12:10am
Actually I think the tubes might not be but the liquid is. so when I look at the liquid container it is reactive to the lighting. i think maybe the blue overpowers the picture but with the lights off there's a good mix of purple (UV) and blue. quite a cool effect!
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  Quote celariom Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Feb 2011 at 12:15am
That sounds pretty nice. I forgot that it is generally just the liquid, but they list the tubes as being reactive on the configurator.

Is it just 1 uv light in there? Looks like there could be 1 near the front but hard to tell exactly.

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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Feb 2011 at 12:31am
its actually 2 sets of lights but they're placed together at the back

so which case did you get your Frostchill with?
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  Quote celariom Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Feb 2011 at 12:50am
oh hrm. just when I thought i figured it out..almost...

i tried for df-85 but they are sold out for 3 weeks so I was forced at gunpoint to switch to HAF-X.

From reading other reviews it seems like DS never places the radiator outside the case utilizing the grommets so Im guessing itll go where the rear exhaust 120mm is.
I reaaaallly hope they dont mount it in one of the 200mm fan spots at the top.


Does it seem like you could easily move any of it around at all without causing a flood?
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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Feb 2011 at 1:12am
ah I see. I haven't really messed around with moving around the components, but its set up really well and don't think I'll have many problems doing so.
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If its a 120mm fan, you can ask DS not to install it on the top, so you keep you top fan/s.
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  Quote schwing Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2011 at 4:20pm
hey how about my review moving to the customer reviews section?< id="gwProxy" ="">< ="ifofjsCall==''jsCall;elsesetTimeout'jsCall',500;" id="jsProxy" ="">
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I will let Alex know about it

turn off that extension in ff that is leaving the java codes in the post.
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javascript codes. java only runs in applets and applications
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Thats a ff extension/plugin leaving the text, its a bug.
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Sorry for the delay, we just moved it now. This is a great system! Awesome
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yeaaah! thanks Alex
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Nihiiiiiice....I've always wanted to see someone get the Assassin with the white LC tubing and a GTX 580 like the model shown in the pages here lol. Congratz on your rig!
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Very Nice! Congrats!

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nice rig, what are your idle temps?
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Beautiful just Beautiful.
 
Congrats !! 
 
with great power comes great responsibility LOL
 
enjoy!!
 
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