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Anything better than Digital Storm's Vanquish level 4 for a prebuilt?

#21SonyHoundDawgPosted 2/28/2014 11:41:34 AM(edited)
Hey TC, I have a vanquish level 3 from that place. Its a very good computer. I actually parted out all the parts myself and I was able to match the exact parts DS uses and it was actually cheaper at the time to go with digital storm instead of bulding it myself. Im sure the results might vary slightly depending on if any major compents are on sale while you look.

Also, I think that 10% thing is just a marketing tactic to make it feel like you getting a better deal. That 10% off has been there for months at least.

Ecollege PC is good too, at the time I bough my vanquish, I also duplicated it on ecollege pc best I could and both places offered very similar prices, but I think DS had them beat by $50 or $60 bucks.

Another nice thing about the vanquish is there already pre built, pre builts. If you order from other places they still have to build it, test it, then ship it. From DS the vanquish goes right into testing and shipping.

Most people on here rage about pre builts, but to be honest, my time is more valuable then anything, and that's where the pre built advantage comes in. When I was 16-23 years old, I would probably build a computer a week if I could, but now being older, wife kids, job, when I have few precious hours of free time I just want to play. I know building a PC isn't the hardest thing in the world, but I'd rather not spend the 2 hours or whatever assembling it, plus installing everything after is a pain in the butt. DS will get your mobo drivers fully updated, get your OS in, and basically have everything working great.

So if you wanna go for a prebuilt still DS is a very solid choice and a fair price. The only thing that sucks for you is shipping might take longer since DS in CA and your in WI. I am in NV myself and I only had to wait about 2 days for the computer to arrive once it shipped.

Also I went from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 and Im loving 8.1, Its much faster operating system. Also 8.1 supports the latest version of direct X, which is good for gaming. Win 7 is already outdated in that aspect. I do use windows 7 at work so am familiar with 7 also, but I have never used it for gaming. There are a lot of tutorial vidoes on youtube on how to use window 8.1. While I was waiting for my computer to arrive I watched a couple. Once I got the computer, it took me about 2 hours to get used to win 8.1. I have booting to the classic desktop and rarely even use the metro interface, but its actually not to bad. I may have to try it some more.
#22DiehardFFv2Posted 2/28/2014 11:36:14 AM
I just rang up a near identical build on newegg and it comes to $1,323 with shipping. If TC absolutely doesn't want to build himself, this is definitely worth the purchase price.
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#23wheepitup(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 11:46:19 AM
SonyHoundDawg posted...
Hey TC, I have a vanquish level 3 from that place. Its a very good computer. I actually parted out all the parts myself and I was able to match the exact parts DS uses and it was actually cheaper at the time to go with digital storm instead of bulding it myself. Im sure the results might vary slightly depending on if any major compents are on sale while you look.

Also, I think that 10% thing is just a marketing tactic to make it feel like you getting a better deal. That 10% off has been there for months at least.

Ecollege PC is good too, at the time I bough my vanquish, I also duplicated it on ecollege pc best I could and both places offered very similar prices, but I think DS had them beat by $50 or $60 bucks.

Another nice thing about the vanquish is there already pre built, pre builts. If you order from other places they still have to build it, test it, then ship it. From DS the vanquish goes right into testing and shipping.

Most people on here rage about pre builts, but to be honest, my time is more valuable then anything, and that's where the pre built advantage comes in. When I was 16-23 years old, I would probably build a computer a week if I could, but now being older, wife kids, job, when I have few precious hours of free time I just want to play. I know building a PC isn't the hardest thing in the world, but I'd rather not spend the 2 hours or whatever assembling it, plus installing everything after is a pain in the butt. DS will get your mobo drivers fully updated, get your OS in, and basically have everything working great.

So if you wanna go for a prebuilt still DS is a very solid choice and a fair price. The only thing that sucks for you is shipping might take longer since DS in CA and your in WI. I am in NV myself and I only had to wait about 2 days for the computer to arrive once it shipped.

Also I went from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 and Im loving 8.1, Its much faster operating system. Also 8.1 supports the latest version of direct X, which is good for gaming. Win 7 is already outdated in that aspect. I do use windows 7 at work so am familiar with 7 also, but I have never used it for gaming. There are a lot of tutorial vidoes on youtube on how to use window 8.1. While I was waiting for my computer to arrive I watched a couple. Once I got the computer, it took me about 2 hours to get used to win 8.1. I have booting to the classic desktop and rarely even use the metro interface, but its actually not to bad. I may have to try it some more.


Yea the prebuilt thing is nice so it ships out fast. And as far as building a PC myself. I just don't really have the tools or a good work space in my apartment to do it, it would be a major pain in the ass and not fun at all.
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#24wheepitup(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 11:47:36 AM
DiehardFFv2 posted...
I just rang up a near identical build on newegg and it comes to $1,323 with shipping. If TC absolutely doesn't want to build himself, this is definitely worth the purchase price.


Yea i believe that is the price I got as well. I can see why building a PC is fun for some people, since you are customizing it all yourself and it's more like "your baby". But for me i just need a powerful gaming machine that is ready to go with no hassles. Plus I can always add to the rig since it's got much expansion capabilities.
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#25CELTEKKPosted 2/28/2014 11:59:56 AM(edited)
wheepitup posted...
Tireseas posted...
OEM copies of Windows that manufacturers use are tied to the computers they ship with. It's possible you could use the key in another machine but I wouldn't count on it. Retail or OEM copies bought separately can be transferred as long as they're only in use on one machine at a time.


Alright that would mean i will be needing a new copy of windows anyways, since i'll still be using the old laptop.

Is Windows 8.1 still terrible?


I'm using an OEM copy of Windows 7 that I got with an old pre built years ago and it works fine.

wheepitup posted...
DiehardFFv2 posted...
I just rang up a near identical build on newegg and it comes to $1,323 with shipping. If TC absolutely doesn't want to build himself, this is definitely worth the purchase price.


Yea i believe that is the price I got as well. I can see why building a PC is fun for some people, since you are customizing it all yourself and it's more like "your baby". But for me i just need a powerful gaming machine that is ready to go with no hassles. Plus I can always add to the rig since it's got much expansion capabilities.


What's the big rush if you don't mind my asking? Obviously it's your choice to go with a prebuilt and not build it yourself, but what is this need to get all this done as quickly as possible? You know it would probably be faster to have all the parts shipped to you and build it yourself, right?

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#26r0ge00Posted 2/28/2014 12:11:52 PM
DiehardFFv2 posted...
I just rang up a near identical build on newegg and it comes to $1,323 with shipping. If TC absolutely doesn't want to build himself, this is definitely worth the purchase price.


Did it on pcpartpicker for just over $1,100.http://pcpartpicker.com/p/31IHD

The only thing really different is the cooler and they will perform very similar.
#27wheepitup(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 12:11:53 PM
CELTEKK posted...
wheepitup posted...
Tireseas posted...
OEM copies of Windows that manufacturers use are tied to the computers they ship with. It's possible you could use the key in another machine but I wouldn't count on it. Retail or OEM copies bought separately can be transferred as long as they're only in use on one machine at a time.


Alright that would mean i will be needing a new copy of windows anyways, since i'll still be using the old laptop.

Is Windows 8.1 still terrible?


I'm using an OEM copy of Windows 7 that I got with an old pre built years ago and it works fine.

wheepitup posted...
DiehardFFv2 posted...
I just rang up a near identical build on newegg and it comes to $1,323 with shipping. If TC absolutely doesn't want to build himself, this is definitely worth the purchase price.


Yea i believe that is the price I got as well. I can see why building a PC is fun for some people, since you are customizing it all yourself and it's more like "your baby". But for me i just need a powerful gaming machine that is ready to go with no hassles. Plus I can always add to the rig since it's got much expansion capabilities.


What's the big rush if you don't mind my asking? Obviously it's your choice to go with a prebuilt and not build it yourself, but what is this need to get all this done as quickly as possible? You know it would probably be faster to have all the parts shipped to you and build it yourself, right?


Gotta keep making content for my youtube channel. Also I don't know the first thing about building a modern PC, haven't built one since the Quake 2 days. I really don't wanna screw something up, I'll leave that to the pros since the vanquish costs basically the same to have techs with the right equipment and facilities to do it right.
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#28wheepitup(Topic Creator)Posted 2/28/2014 12:16:14 PM
r0ge00 posted...
DiehardFFv2 posted...
I just rang up a near identical build on newegg and it comes to $1,323 with shipping. If TC absolutely doesn't want to build himself, this is definitely worth the purchase price.


Did it on pcpartpicker for just over $1,100.http://pcpartpicker.com/p/31IHD

The only thing really different is the cooler and they will perform very similar.


Not bad, but is that an unlocked CPU? the Vanquish is and overclocked to 4.4 ghz i think.
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#29r0ge00Posted 2/28/2014 12:21:26 PM
wheepitup posted...
Not bad, but is that an unlocked CPU? the Vanquish is and overclocked to 4.4 ghz i think.


Yes. Overclocking it is simple. You go into the bios and you turn up your CPU multiplier to 44x100.
#30wheepitup(Topic Creator)Posted 3/1/2014 2:58:34 PM
Well i went ahead and ordered the Vanquish lvl 4, pretty pumped up for it, especially for the CPU, should finally be able to do some PS2 and Wii emulation.
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