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Digital Storm Takes on DIY; Its Prebuilt PC Costs $23 More

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Digital Storm goes right up against you and me, the DIYers who builds their own PC.

Digital Storm aims to end the debate between building a PC by yourself, or just buying a pre-assembled system. What Digital Storm did was to configure a machine, and then compare their price to that of exactly the same components from Newegg. In the end, the smallest difference in price was just $23; the biggest difference was $58. They mention that at this amount of difference, the decision is a no-brainer. This lineup of machines will be known as the VANQUISH systems.

The VANQUISH systems will always be pre-tested for at least 72 hours. Digital Storm will always keep an inventory of completed systems ready to ship out right after an order is placed so that you don't have to wait for the system to be built and tested.

"When we decided to take on the DIYers we knew we had to offer impressively built systems that could compete in terms of performance as well as price. For just $23-$58 more [we] were giving customers a fully optimized system featuring the latest chipset platform and next gen-graphics. This allows them to focus on demolishing the competition instead of worrying about the reliability of their PC," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development.

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    spartanmk2 , April 25, 2013 1:23 PM
    There's a point to DIY...you like to pick your own parts, use a few from your old system, and love to put it all together yourself.
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    nlreynolds80 , April 25, 2013 12:39 PM
    Not too shabby. While much of the reason I build my own is purely for the joy of it, it's nice to have an option if ever I need a quality build in a pinch.
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    Immoral Medic , April 25, 2013 12:40 PM
    Yeah, but I would never use any of those configurations at all as a gamer. Just look at them. If I'm putting $1400 into it, I would put more money on GPU as opposed to a 3770k. They are putting money in the wrong places in my opinion. So what if they are a few bucks away from a DIY PC. No real PC gamer would build these configurations.
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    Geoffrey Swenson , April 25, 2013 12:37 PM
    Sure, the price of the components adds up only slightly more than their price, but very often I carry over at least one component, usually the case and sometimes also the power supply to the next computer. Most of the time the CD/DVD/Blueray from the previous computer also goes into the next one. That saves an addtional $100 or more, so it's still cheaper by far to build your own.
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    nlreynolds80 , April 25, 2013 12:39 PM
    Not too shabby. While much of the reason I build my own is purely for the joy of it, it's nice to have an option if ever I need a quality build in a pinch.
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    Immoral Medic , April 25, 2013 12:40 PM
    Yeah, but I would never use any of those configurations at all as a gamer. Just look at them. If I'm putting $1400 into it, I would put more money on GPU as opposed to a 3770k. They are putting money in the wrong places in my opinion. So what if they are a few bucks away from a DIY PC. No real PC gamer would build these configurations.
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    mousseng , April 25, 2013 12:45 PM
    I guess it's a good thing DIYers don't just shop at Newegg. I priced out the $800 list, and apart from the appalling part choice it's $120 more than if you built it yourself. The $700 build is, likewise, $100 more (both including Windows, mind you).
    Even if the price difference was as they claim, I'd still take DIY over Digital Storm any day. I enjoy knowing what I'm getting, why I'm getting it, and having the ability say that I got exactly what I wanted.
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    milktea , April 25, 2013 12:48 PM
    Great for someone who is looking to upgrade their 10+ year old system, and who is too lazy to build their own system from scratch.
    By the way, DIY doesn't have to be a gaming system.
    I'm more incline to trust PC systems from these guys rather than from Newegg.
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    TheMadFapper , April 25, 2013 12:59 PM
    This is cool, but like someone else mentioned, I just like building computers myself more and having full knowledge/control over the components.
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    CarolKarine , April 25, 2013 1:02 PM
    kinda shitty GPUs for that price range. normally in my builds I trim the fat till I can get a 7870 in a 600$ build, cause, you know, the GPU is what really matters.
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    DarkSable , April 25, 2013 1:12 PM
    I was excited for this at first, because we'd have something to recommend to the people who refuse to build... Yeah, nope.
    Why in the world can prebuilt designers not understand what makes a computer good for their target audience?
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    g-unit1111 , April 25, 2013 1:22 PM
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    I was excited for this at first, because we'd have something to recommend to the people who refuse to build... Yeah, nope.
    Why in the world can prebuilt designers not understand what makes a computer good for their target audience?


    Simple answer: They have bottom lines and profit goals to make. We don't.

    Therefore they will sell a system that caters more to what they'll make on the dollar than what they feel is the best system for a given budget. I like this idea in that it will encourage more people to explore the DIY route but charging for customer service which should be included in the price of the product is not the best way to go about doing this, I feel.
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    spartanmk2 , April 25, 2013 1:23 PM
    There's a point to DIY...you like to pick your own parts, use a few from your old system, and love to put it all together yourself.
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    abbadon_34 , April 25, 2013 1:30 PM
    At least they know well enough to put win7 on these
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    christop , April 25, 2013 1:39 PM
    Yeah it is way more fun picking your own parts and building it yourself. I hate to say Digital store is acting like they only make 58 buck on the deal. I know companies that purchase like 100 cpus or more are getting a way better deal than me buying one from Newegg...
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    slomo4sho , April 25, 2013 1:44 PM
    This is great if you actually pay retail price for components. But what DYI builder pays full retail?
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    NeeKo , April 25, 2013 1:47 PM
    The problem is not only the huge price difference, we DIYers ENJOY building up our systems, you can't sell that to us.
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    kittle , April 25, 2013 1:57 PM
    They miss the whole point of DIY.. I want to choose what *I* want in my PC.. not what some company has decided to stock their shelves with.
    ex: Most gaming PCs come with 8GB ram.. I want 12.
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    of the way , April 25, 2013 2:02 PM
    The fact that it comes fully tested could make some people go this route. I know a few people who were put off of building their own PCs when parts they ordered were DOA. But yeah, this wouldn't let you actually get what you need out of your system. And if you're willing to spread out your purchases over a few months, you can usually find great sales for most parts that can really cut down the total cost.
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    vmem , April 25, 2013 2:17 PM
    configurations is a bit limited isn't it? especially for a gamer based market. Tom's system builder marathon has offered far better configurations at lower price points (especially the most recent one)
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    g00fysmiley , April 25, 2013 2:44 PM
    sounds like they put together a list of components that they get at signifgantly below retail and then said look what we can build... my favorite part is "optimized" such a stupid word... just liek best buy will optimize your xbox or ps3 by installing the latest drivers for like $100 when the dirvers are free its just a little time. sure if your time is that valuble then buy a prebuilt but i enjoy building my own machines and wouldnt' be makign money in the hours spent working on building it anyway
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    bryonhowley , April 25, 2013 2:51 PM
    As some other's have said I also carry over at least some of my hardware to the next build. My HDD SSD Optical PSU if not to old will be included into the next build. Plus for me it is a hobby to so it is not just being cheaper but I enjoy building and customizing my system.
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    hetneo , April 25, 2013 3:07 PM
    Quote:
    Why in the world can prebuilt designers not understand what makes a computer good for their target audience?


    Nah, you just don't know who is their target audience.
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