What's the communty's opinion on digital storm?

I'm looking for a no-nonsense system in the 1000-1200 range, that includes everything ( monitor, speakers, kb+m) and Digital Storm was suggested to me out of all the boutique places as the best place to get decent parts that you pick without paying a song for the assembly. Knowing exactly zilch about computers or parts, it seemed like a good idea, but I wanted to consult the community here first since you folks seem to know what's what. I'm one of those people who can't seem to get the wires from behind the TV untangled, for the record, not that savvy. The machine would be a gaming machine (maybe I'll write the great american novel on it too, who knows), and my gaming needs are basically the Blizzard and the Valve games and maybe Crysis 2 and the new Fallout when they ship. All of the above I'd love to run at 60fps, max settings for a reasonable sized monitor.
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  1. I just configured the following system there:

    Items in red were not clearly specified by Digital Storm

    i7 930 -- $295 at newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225&cm_re=i7_930-_-19-115-225-_-Product

    Asus P6T -- 229
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359&cm_re=P6T-_-13-131-359-_-Product

    6GB DDR3 1600Mhz CAS $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231304&cm_re=6gb_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-304-_-Product
    They did not give the specs of their RAM

    500GB Caviar Black ---60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320&cm_re=Caviar_Black-_-22-136-320-_-Product

    Optical drive --20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Noctua CPU cooler --- 75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608014&cm_re=Noctua-_-35-608-014-_-Product

    5870 --- 420
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883&cm_re=5870-_-14-102-883-_-Product

    Corsair HX1000 PSU -- 240
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007&Tpk=HX1000

    Silverstone Raven 2 --- 170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163154&cm_re=Silverstone_raven-_-11-163-154-_-Product

    Win 7 --- 100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    Price if you build it yourself, using a close approximation of their parts, only probably a bit better:
    $1416.00 before rebates and shipping

    Price if they build it, before shipping, with a 3-year full warranty:
    $2024.00

    This of course is just for comparison. A few things I noticed looking at the site:
    1. they don't have a big selection of parts.
    2. they have some good parts but usually you can find far better deals.
    3. they have some generic parts that do not list specs (like RAM).


    Here is a system that will do everything you want. Hire someone local to assemble it for you:

    Gigabyte 880G board and Phenom II X4 processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.395942

    DDR3 1333 CL 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276&cm_re=DDR3_1333_4Gb-_-20-231-276-_-Product

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    Antec Illusion case and TP-750 PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410823

    5850 (you will have the option of adding a second in the future if needed)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102884&cm_re=5850-_-14-102-884-_-Product

    Optical
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Win 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product
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    Monitor 22" gaming
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050

    keyboard and mouse
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.415834

    Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121036


    The grand total of everything listed was $1345 before shipping and will perform as requested... you will also be able to upgrade the graphics with a second, but I doubt you will need to.
  2. I did a little research on ebay and I found what looks like a great deal. Not the computer in the auction! Scroll down and configure the pc and it will tell you the price. I configured the pc on this page that I built myself for 1200USD. It would have cost me 1500 to buy from them fully built with keyboard, mouse, but no monitor. This is also one of the best sellers on ebay because they have a limited 3 year warranty. Most have a 1 year or no warranty at all!

    I am not affiliated with them in any way! In fact, I found them while looking to see what my competition will be if I start a custom computer business. They will be tough to match or beat i'll tell you that for sure. Even if I work for myself and keep all the revenue beating them may mean making no profit at all. haha

    Here is the link : http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-PHENOM-II-965-CUSTOM-GAMING-BAREBONES-COMPUTER-NEW-/390203033714?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item5ad9e9c872#ht_6349wt_1137
  3. Plug in these specs on that website http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-PHENOM-II-965-CUSTOM-GAMING-BAREBONES-COMPUTER-NEW-/390203033714?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item5ad9e9c872#ht_6349wt_1137

    CPU AM3 - AMD Phenon X4 965 3.4ghz quadcore
    CPU fans - Coolermaster Hyper 212
    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H
    DDR3 Dual Channel Memory - 4GB 2x2GB PC10600 DDR3 1333 Dual channel
    PCI-Express video cards - ATI Radeon HD 5850
    Hard Drive - 500GB Wester Digital 7200rpm
    Network Card - Wireless 8.2.11 G 54mbps
    Cases - Cooler Master HAF 922
    Power Supply - Logysis 600w
    Operating system - Windows 7

    TOTAL COST - $1,276

    Would cost me about 900-1000 to build, but that is a really good deal for a pre-built system with a 3-year warranty.
  4. Using a Logisys power supply is very foolish. Spend a little time learning about power supplies, please. There is a link in my sig.
  5. Ok I did. That is good information I would recommend everyone checking out. Pretty much what you are telling me is that a Logysis is not efficient and will use more energy than a comparative output efficient psu and probably not output the same either. It may be cheap but will ultimately cost more in the future and possibly lead to component failure.

    I personally do not skimp on power supplies on my own builds. I am using a Corsair 750tx right now and it is a reliable and efficient component that you can depend on.

    So honestly that build I posted above had one weak component, the Logisys psu. The only reason it is cheaper is because it is garbage. lol I was trying to keep the cost down, turns out it will probably just lead to hardship and more money down the drain in the long run.
  6. Further inspecting the website I gave a link to... The 1333 DDR3 dual channel ram does not have a brand. I would hope it is corsair, ripjaws, or ocz... But it could be anything! Also, I think they just reduced their warranty to one year? I could of swore it said 3. oh well. lol Still looks like a good deal. But you are always better off building your own system if you have the patience. It doesn't require any other skill.
  7. gorgot, I don't want to be insulting - well, maybe a little :), but what's the title of this forum?

    Except for a low end econo-box, we will almost always recommend that you build the computer yourself.
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