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One of the beneifts of rolling your own rig is that you can potentially save money versus buying a pre built machine. That isn't always true of bulk OEMs that shovel piles of trialware and other third-party bloat as a way of reducing costs, but more often than not, boutique system builders attach hefty premiums to off-the-shelf parts you can purchase and assemble on your own. Digital Storm is looking to change the game.
The boutique system builder today made a strong statement in favor of pre built machines by launching its new Vanquish line of gaming PCs. What makes the Vanquish line notable is that Digital Storm was able to reduce the pricing premium to less than the cost of a triple AAA video game.
"For years, enthusiasts have claimed they could build systems with the same high-end components Digital Storm configures for significantly less. The Vanquish line narrows that gap to a mere $23-$58 difference making the difference a no brainer -- DIY is simply not worth the hassle," Digital Storm said in a statement.
We don't agree that going the DIY route isn't "worth the hassle" since part of the fun is the actual building process, but we still have to hand it to Digital Storm for offering a cost effective alternative for gamers who don't have the time or interest to research and piece together their own system.
The Vanquish line is available in four "Levels" ranging in price from $699 (Level 1) to $1,399 (Level 4). A baseline Level 4 setup features a Corsair Carbide Series 300R case (with window), Intel Core i7 3770K processor, Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard, 8GB of DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance RAM, Corsair CX 600W power supply, Corsair Neutron GTX Series 120GB solid state drive, 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM, 32MB cache), DVD writer, GeForce GTX 660 Ti video card, Corsair H60 liquid cooler, internal case lighting, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and "Stage 1" overclocking (Digital Storm will goose the CPU to 4GHz to 4.4GHz).
Digital Storm's Vanquish line is available to configure and purchase now.