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May 5th, 2012, 02:40
Going to splurge big time and get a new rig and hope it lasts awhile. I won an award at work so between that and some savings can swing about $5k for a once in a life time purchase.

Thing is I hate dealing with hardware so don't want to make a custom machine myself. I currently have an Alienware which I love but all their bundles are already out of date. If I am going to splurge I want some current stuff.

Planning on going with the new Nvidia GTX 690 4G card for graphics.

A gaming friend recommended Digital Storm - a company that specializes in epic gaming PC's custom built any way you like. From the looks of it reminds me of what Alienware USE to be in the old days.

So has anyone around here heard of them or purchased from them? Looking for feedback. They have excellent ratings all across the board from what I can find out researching online. A+ rating with BBB.

Here is my current build (link will pull up the saved build):


Some of the basics:
Computer Specification Summary
Processor: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 3960X 3.3GHz (Six-Core) (Extreme Performance)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 2133MHz Corsair Dominator GT with DHX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 1000W Digital Storm Certified (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series)
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 510 Series)
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Internet Access: !PROMOTION: Killer 2100 (Optimized for Online Gaming) Lag and Latency Reduction
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB (Includes PhysX)
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion (Includes Front I/O) (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler (240mm Radiator) (Extreme-Performance Edition)
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro/Deluxe/Sabertooth Motherboard)
Graphics Boost: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit Edition)
Display: Asus 24 inch VE248H (Widescreen) (Black) (2ms Response Time) (LED Backlight)
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition (Gaming Keyboard)
Mouse: Razer Lachesis (Laser 5600 dpi) (Gaming Mouse) (USB Wired)
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

I know a little about hardware but not a ton. Next to nothing on what makes for a good monitor. I know I want to have something that will maximize online MMO gaming (for games like GW2, SW, RIFT) and letting me tweak the hell out of things like Skyrim.

Any and all suggestions welcome - especially if something I can tweek through Digital Storm or other companies to consider.
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