Digital Storm Builds Bolt, 'World's Thinnest' Gaming PC

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ronmccord

The bolt has effectively undercut the Falcon Northwest tiki by a few hundred bucs. They are so similar in size and function a comparison shootout is in order! Both have been designed from the ground up, how will they compare in noise, quality of construction and design. I have noticed the tiki has climbed 150 bucs in price since it was released on the model I configurated. The tiki is also anodized aluminum and steel and the paint job is less glossy flashy then this. Falcon is also redesigning the Fragbox so next year I will have big decisions. Stay with a gaming laptop or go with a small desktop. Also hopefully alienware raises its game on the Alienware x51. For those guys who say I will just build it myself. Look Brainsteins there is no case out there you can be this small and run a gtx 680 ok, stop it because you dont know what you are talking about. That is why Falcon and Digital Storm had to design the case from the ground up because there is no diy case available. There are only 3 options, Falcon Tiki, Alienware x51, and now the Bolt. Go ahead go build your wobbly prodigy build, or various other sff cases some people absolutely want this kind of form factor, the same type of folks that need an Alienware m18x like myself who travels and either can afford or needs portablility. Right now I am in Buenos Aires for a month typing on my Alienware mx18 so again save the build it yourself its easy cuz you are insulting the intelligence of Falcon, Alienware and Digital Storm who really did build it themselves!!!

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mrmessma

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163187&Tpk=sg08
600W PSU included, check. Fits a GTX 680, check.

Yes, the volume on it is 29% larger. They're both still less than 20% the volume of a typical full tower. Personally, I'd rather have a slightly higher volume compact shoe box shape than a thinner taller cereal box shaped chassis, all money savings aside.

GeForce's GTX 680 (on their website) states it's 4.4" thick. I wonder which 680 DS used to fit in a 3.6" case.

Sorry I couldn't follow your instruction. Also, yes I hope they go back to the fragbox style, much better imo.

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Ragz2richz

Am I missing something here??? MPC is claiming pc builders are trying to make their way into the living rooms of gamers. How is this possible when you will need a keyboard and mouse to play PC Games? My keyboard and mouse do not have long enough cables to reach from my tv to couch and a flat surface is required to use the mouse. What I find annoying is that games such as ME3, and a handful of others that I play which have console versions, DO NOT support controllers. Yes I love my PC Games, GW2, DIII, but if a game has a console variant I am going for the console because I prefer using a controller over a mouse. So unless PC builders cut some deal with PC Game Dev to include Controller Support for THIER games, I don't see many people wanting a Gaming PC in their living room. Some one please enlighten me to this concept. =0) I want my gaming PC in my living room but PC Games don't support controllers. ;0(

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iplayoneasy

Just download motionjoy. It fixes that problem. Been using a PS3 controller for years.

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Drew7

You should invest in a wireless keyboard, and train yourself to use a trackball. Do they have wireless trackballs? Hmmm... Not sure.

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DDRDiesel

Anyone else thinking it just looks like a black Wii?

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Drew7

LOL!! Hilarious observation, but very, very true!

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definingsound

I run a rig inside a similar-sized case, but my component selection is severely limited by the 275 W power supply. Does anyone know what the 500 W power supply in this 'bolt is? Sounds like something that would eliminate a lot of the restrictions I have in choosing system components.

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MrFluffyThing

A word of warning about using 1U PSUs such as this: The tiny little fan is fast, and it's loud as hell. They're generally designed to be used in servers where noise isn't much of a concern.

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somethingelse

That is true, I'm sure Digital Storm swapped out the stock fan with a quiter one (or designed their own power supply from the ground up for all i know)

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somethingelse

Hi Definingsound

The power supply in this system is a 1U server power supply, not traditional TFX formfactor that comes with Apex, In-Win and other similar sized chassis.

The powersupply is similar to one of these: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006655&isNodeId=1&Description=500W+1U+power+supply&x=0&y=0

You would probably need to mod the structure of your Apex to fit one of these.

Good Luck

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joeyjr

Nice little PC and looks promising. The small form factor systems may increase in time. I would prefer too roll my own SFF system inside of a case like the Arc Mini from Fractal, which I just spected out a new computer for using water Corsair 240mm water cooling for the CPU and the GPU water cooler from Artic that is self contained. The GPU coolers are for both of the vidio card manufactures.

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vampyre_tech

It's not that bad. It’s a little on the pricey side, but similar enough to Dell’s Alienware configurations that non-builders won’t notice. I like the portability aspect and I'm planning on building my next gaming machine on the mini-ITX platform.

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