Digital Storm promises "extreme performance" from new Black|Ops gaming PCs

Digital Storm promises "extreme performance" from new Black|Ops gaming PCs

Summary: They get scorn for selling systems that costs thousands, but even in this "great recession" many boutique PC builders have done a lot better than you might expect. Digital Storm has one of the best reputations among this clique (which includes Falcon Northwest, Maingear, and several others), and with its new Black|Ops desktop series, it's promising extreme performance starting at a relatively modest price.

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They get scorn for selling systems that costs thousands, but even in this "great recession" many boutique PC builders have done a lot better than you might expect. Digital Storm has one of the best reputations among this clique (which includes Falcon Northwest, Maingear, and several others), and with its new Black|Ops desktop series, it's promising extreme performance starting at a relatively modest price.

You can grab a Black|Ops system for as low as $1,549 if you choose an AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU, or $1,709 if you select an Intel i5-750 processor. Both base configs comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 500GB hard drive, but the AMD one comes with a new ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card, while the Intel PC includes an Nvidia GeForce GTX 275. (If you already have a graphics board you like, you can also buy the system sans card to save more.) If you want to jump from the "Performance" model to the "Enthusiast" one, you'll pony up at least $2,104 for an Intel i7-920, 6GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 285 graphics card. For deeper pockets, you can choose the $3,102 "Extreme" configuration, which swaps in an i7-960 and the new ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card.

You get a choice of chassis, which may impact your system's price. The four Digital Storm is pushing are the Cooler Master HAF 922, HAF 932, and CM Storm Snipe, and its own Hailstorm model, though there are Lian-Li and SilverStone options as well. You can upgrade a full liquid-cooling system with a choice of tubing color (Black, Blue, Green, Red, or White), and Digital Storm will even overclock the PC using its TwisterBoost technology before delivering it to you.

If you don't mind the last generation of hardware, you can even purchase a "Clearance" configuration. For $1,758 you get a Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor and a GeForce 9800GX2 graphics card. It's not a bad deal at all considering you can probably spend about the same to buy those two components separately.

Topics: Hardware, Intel

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  • I guess this must mean PC gaming isn't dead after all (nt)

    nt
    CobraA1
  • PC Gaming is growing exponentially

    It's the consoles that are dying and are going the way of the dinosaur.

    BTW I know, I've got all the consoles, and even two Xbox360.

    Ironic all this brouhaha about the better CPU, now has the best of the best relinquished to mere $200 consoles? Remember the PowerPC Chip?

    Yep, you'll find it in Xbox360 as well as PS3 ultra-low-end gaming commodities. ($200 ~ $300) range.

    But I love my i7 overclocked at 2000MHz FSB 12GB DDR3 and Nvidia dual-SLI GTX295. And of course Windows 7 Ultimate x64, on mostly everything.
    WinTard
  • pc gaming is FAR from over

    consoles are poor man's gaming machines. PC Gaming is so much more customizable and superior in both graphics and performance levels.

    I would say the controls on a pc is the only downfall, but they have pretty any controller you want out there to use.
    brad1000
  • Very overpriced. Build your own rig: Spend Half the $$$ & Have Fun!

    I just upgraded my rig a few weeks back (specs below). It cost me $612 Canadian including tax and shipping, and i had it 100% ensured for $20 and sent air mail for $20 more. How in the hell would this thing end up costing $1500+, and that doesn't even include tax. Sure i didn't order the whole system, but for about $200 (including tax and shipping) more i could have got a 640 GB HD, DVD burner, case, and power supply. (Buy case/PS bundle to save $$$ and pick it up locally to avoid high shipping costs)

    Even throw in some accessories like keyboard, mouse, legit windows OS, and headphones and the price should be roughly half of what these guys are asking for. (Yes the numbers don't quite work out to be half, but remember i am talking Canadian dollars including tax).

    new:
    Phenom2 925 (2.8GHz X4)
    4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 (Really fast timings)
    HD 5770
    Asus Mobo

    old:
    Pentium 4 (3.0GHz X1)
    1GB 667 MHz DDR2
    NVidia 7600
    Asus Mobo
    wargamer
  • Don't Waste Your Money

    You can put together a much better box (8GB RAM, Intel SSD and WD VelociRaptor drives and a core 950) for less money than their Enthusiast or Extreme PCs. If you are willing to spend 2K+ for a PC, at least get your money's worth - build your own. Avoid the boutique stores - waste of money.
    jpr75_z