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    Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 1:08pm
Ok my new DS machine has been up and running for a few weeks so it's time pass on some good words to the staff at DS.
 
 
Everything for the most came in great shape after removing from the very stought box. Minor problems with one plug undone but an esy fix. First problem I had was at boot up. It failed. A call to DS tech got me up fast. Seems some how the board reset and DS talked me through the OC and other Bios stuff. Well done tech staff !
 
 
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Chassis Model: Digital Storm HailStorm (Black OPS Edition)
Exterior Finihttp://img28.imageshack.us/img28/543/056ie.jpgsh: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1200W 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) (Extreme Performance) (Model: SSDSA2MH080G2R5)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Seagate/Hitachi/Western Digital (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 22x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 6: Sub-Zero LCS Dual Loop: CPU & Single Video Card
H20 Tube Color:Black Tubing with High-Performance Fluid (UV Lighting Reactive)
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (UV) (Creates Glowing Effect for H20 Tubes)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: Memory Fan Kit Only (Does not include memory overclocking service)
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: FREE: Please include a free copy of a hot-selling game
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: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
 
 
Ok my biggest complaint is the coolin fans on the rads. Its freaken loud. I requested, begged, posted called.... about my conserns regarding noise level and was assured it would be quiet. Well I guess what one person thinks is quiet is sure differnt from mine. I went into the bios and was unable to change the rpm's but the are stuck at 100 % which was strange. Its like a jet running in the distance lol
 
Other than the fan noise issue I am very happy with my purchase.
 
I cound not resist in adding a pic of my other "machine"
 
 
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 1:12pm
Awesome dude it looks like you'll have alot of fun with it! What games do you play on it??? I also noticed a box with 2 fans what is it for??

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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 1:20pm
Right now I am catching up on games. Fallout 3 with mods is my fav, alone with WW2 Online, Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age. What fans are you asking about ?
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 1:22pm
Smile I searched your build thread, here is a quote
quote  "the zalman F3 fans, if that is what is on your radiator, are not a little loud, they are deafening loud IMHO"  Ouch
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 1:52pm
Yup those ones
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:07pm

Hmm i did not ask for any upgrade fans.

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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:10pm
I seen  a few posts in your build thread stating that the liquid cooling was very loud, unless you asked for special fans, or to reduce the voltage to slow the loud ones down.
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:18pm
so what are those fans doing there??
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:32pm
Originally posted by roadkingbill

Other than the fan noise issue I am very happy with my purchase.
 
The fans are most likely plugged into a molex connection. In that case you cannot adjust them, but, we can purchase and sell you an adapter kit that we use for our noise reduction package to slow the fans down. An example of it is here: http://www.acousticpc.com/zalman_3pin_fan_resistor_56_ohm.html
 
You will also need to get an adapter that turns the 3pin fan option to molex so you can use it.
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:35pm

Oh and I forgot to say, great system!

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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:45pm
why can't you adjust fan that are on a Molex? I do it all the time. lol
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:48pm
Well i did request the fans be "quiet". I was going to get Scythe GentleTyphoon 120 mm but after talking to Sara and with the add one fees it just got to expensive.
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:53pm

Would this work ?

Zalman MFC2 Multi Fan and Temperature Monitor and Control Drive Bay Device
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 2:54pm
yeah that tends to happen
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 3:18pm
Originally posted by justin.kerr

why can't you adjust fan that are on a Molex? I do it all the time. lol

I was thinking that since the fan is plugged in via molex, you can't plug it into a motherboard header pin to adjust fan speeds via BIOS. Unless you have another way of doing it? Such as the Zalman adapter or simply getting a molex to 3 pin adapter and plugging it straight into the motherboard fan headers?


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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 3:20pm
Originally posted by roadkingbill

Well i did request the fans be "quiet". I was going to get Scythe GentleTyphoon 120 mm but after talking to Sara and with the add one fees it just got to expensive.
 
I understand, but, there's not much we can do to slow them down unless you purchased the noise reduction package even without the foam and just pay half of the package fees just to ensure we add the Zalman quiet adapters to the fans.
 
We can still send them to you, or help you find some so you could still resolve the noise issue rather quickly and easily.


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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 3:21pm
Originally posted by roadkingbill

Would this work ?

Zalman MFC2 Multi Fan and Temperature Monitor and Control Drive Bay Device
 
Yes, that can work, however, you will need to route the fan cables to the fan controller. You may need to purchase adapters so they can fit the 3 pin ports on the fan controller and even extension cables in order to reach as well.
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 4:07pm
I have directed some members here to run them at 7 volts, it will quiet them down quite a bit, but also they have to remember that temps will increase some. to run them at 7 volts is easy, and free.
Fan controllers can be great, but I personally have had a lot of them fail, so anymore I just make my own, or use quiet fans.


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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 4:43pm
Nice bike with no finger prints or dust on it.  Looks like you need to get some dust rags and cleaner ready and "Do Work" on that case and desk area ahahah
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 4:51pm

Alex if I would have known about the noise reduction package without the foam I would have purchased that in a heartbeat.

Oh well its still a GREAT system !!!! (minus the fan noise)
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 5:08pm
Originally posted by justin.kerr

I have directed some members here to run them at 7 volts, it will quiet them down quite a bit, but also they have to remember that temps will increase some. to run them at 7 volts is easy, and free.
Fan controllers can be great, but I personally have had a lot of them fail, so anymore I just make my own, or use quiet fans.


yep, justin's instructed me on how to reduce to 7v, it's ridiculously easy, free, safe, and it works

on a molex connector, yellow sends 12v, red sends 5v, and black wires are ground. naturally, yellow + black = 12v. connect red and black and you get 5v. interestingly enough, if you connect yellow and reg, you get 7v (subtract the two). to do this, get a thin paper clip, small flat head screwdriver, whatever fits around a molex pin. rip out the black wire it's connected to, and replace it in the slot where the red wire would normally be. just remind yourself that you shouldn't use the passthrough on the molex adapter, unless you wired up the passthrough the original way and make sure to remind yourself that the wires are color coded incorrectly now.
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 5:21pm
I have done a few tests with the foam, and there is little to no difference in temps. Also I use 2" thick acoustical foam that you would find in a recording studio, the thin stuff does not do much, but it does help a bit.
 
 
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bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2010 at 5:48pm
Originally posted by roadkingbill

Alex if I would have known about the noise reduction package without the foam I would have purchased that in a heartbeat.

Oh well its still a GREAT system !!!! (minus the fan noise)


Understood. Perhaps we can start to offer a package without the noise dampening foam. I'll talk to the team about it.

You do definitely have a lot of options to quiet them down. If you need help feel free to get in touch with us directly.
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bullet Posted: 04 Jun 2010 at 4:47am
That would be great for people who can't get LC because it's cheaper and it works!
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bullet Posted: 04 Jun 2010 at 5:29am
Great looking rig!  Thank you for sharing.
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bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2010 at 1:49pm
Couple of other issues. i noticed on another build that his computer had three case badges on it. Mine only recieved one small case badge Sleepy 
This is a review of my system with pics, why has it not been moved to the review section ? :(
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bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2010 at 5:01pm
Originally posted by roadkingbill

Couple of other issues. i noticed on another build that his computer had three case badges on it. Mine only recieved one small case badge Sleepy 
This is a review of my system with pics, why has it not been moved to the review section ? :(
 
Sometimes our customers ask us to place special extra branding if possible on the system.
 
We'll be more than happy to send you some extras, feel free to contact us directly for details.
 
I'll move your review over now. Sorry for the delay, I've been very busy Big%20smile.
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