As this review comes to a close, I find myself quite pleased with what Digital Storm is presenting in the Vanquish II Level 4 gaming desktop. While I would certainly make some changes that would result in a price increase, the system as presented is very capable and of high quality.
Of chief importance, the system arrived to us unharmed by the shipping process. I'm always nervous about receiving desktops due to the bulky nature and fragility of the system components.
Setting up the machine was simple. Open the side door, pull out the foam protecting the video card, put the side door back on, and boot the machine, after of course plugging in the power cable, mouse, keyboard, and display.
We found no compatibility issues, as you would expect from a system being built by a system integrator, but it does bear mentioning. Cable management was at par; there are a couple of places I would likely change, but it's of minor detail and partially personal preference. The cables are bundled and routed, kept away from dangerous areas (fans, etc), and will not impede airflow or cooling.
One major complaint I have about the system could be seen as a positive. The Corsair case being used is quite a bit larger than the mATX motherboard, resulting in the motherboard/GPU combo looking awfully small in the case. The positive flipside of this is the future upgradeability of the system. You can easy put in a larger motherboard that supports multiple GPUs.
Looking at the value of the system, you're getting a fully built and three-year warranted system with lifetime support for around $150 over the price of doing it yourself. This means cable management is left to someone else, making your life easier, all of the components are tested before being shipped, and you have lifetime support and one person to contact in case of a product failure. That's quite the deal.
If you're looking for a budget gaming machine, the Vanquish II Level 4 is an excellent choice in terms of value, performance, and build quality. I would suggest stepping up to a 4770K and a better air cooler if you are planning on buying it, and a better GPU if you want more gaming performance, and have the funds to do so.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Bundle & System Pictures]
- Page 3 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - CPU Tests]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Storage Tests]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - System Tests]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Gaming Tests]
- Page 8 [Temperatures and Noise & Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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