Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC Review

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We’ve seen our share of obscenely tricked-out systems as of late; rigs like the Maingear Rush and Epic Rush, the iBuypower Chimera 4SE FX Ultimate, and the Falcon Northwest Tiki (among others) are bursting at the seams with the hottest hardware, but of course, those systems typically have commensurate price tags.

None of the above cost less than $2,700, and the Maingear Rush drains the pocketbook at a whopping $8,393 as configured.

Digital Storm’s latest offering, the Vanquish II, take a completely different approach. It still has excellent components inside, but none is quite the top end. Performance will take a hit to be sure, but so will the cost.

As Digital Storm is wont to do, there are four base configurations of the Vanquish II. Level 1 costs a mere pittance (relatively speaking) at $699, while the Level 2 ($779) and Level 3 ($979) give users three Vanquish II systems to choose from under $1,000. It’s the Level 4 that we’re evaluating today, and at $1,259 the question is, did Digital Storm find the right balance of performance and price, or will the Vanquish II be a letdown?

Digital Storm Vanquish II
Specifications & Features

Optical Drive:
Intel Core i5-4590 quad-core (3.3GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (2GB)
8GB DDR3-1600MHz
120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD
1TB Seagate 7200rpm (64MB cache) HDD
DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x/CD-Writer 48x)
600W Corsair CX
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Lifetime Expert Customer Care w/ 3-year limited warranty
$1,259 (as configured)
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First, let’s discuss what’s inside. The Vanquish II Level 4 sports a quad-core Intel Core i5-4590 which has been paired with an NVIDIA GTX 770 GPU (2GB), and there’s 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM inside. Digital Storm put in a nice one-two storage combination of a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD for strong OS performance with a 1TB Seagate 7200rpm HDD for extra capacity.

There’s a DVD-R/RW optical drive along with a 600W Corsair CX PSU. For cooling, DS went with an aftermarket air cooler and a handful of case fans. The system runs Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

As is its custom, Digital Storm included a handy binder full of all the pertinent driver and installation discs (including Windows) and documentation, along with a certificate of ownership. The company also offers quick shipping--72 hours from when you order your rig--and a solid 3-year limited warranty with Lifetime Expert Care.

Note that all of the components are off-the-shelf parts; Digital Storm is pushing the Vanquish II’s easy upgradability as a selling point. That is to say, there are no proprietary configurations or parts that would inhibit you from upgrading any given component.

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JasonBolla 4 months ago

Nice, I was actually considering this after reading another review. Since then I've been looking around for something else, particularly with an i7 and 16GB of RAM. I'll most likely just grab it off of iBuyPower, since I don't have the room, tools, or confidence to build one myself. I'll be using it with Maya for animation and whatnot, so the power in this baby isn't quite enough. And as you say, the ability to upgrade it is sort of limited - and like I mentioned, kind of an idiot when it comes to the inside of my tech. Thanks for further swaying me towards something else! The performance tests were quite a bit different from what I saw elsewhere.

KevinLozandier 4 months ago

@JasonBolla If you're going to do animation, I recommend getting a *workstation* rig and make that separate from your gaming rig.

Digital Storm, iBuyPower, CyberPower PC, Falcon and so on have a lot of great *workstation* rigs to help you towards pain-free animation work to best enable you to kickass and take names doing that.

AustinSmith 4 months ago

This look like an awesome PC. I want to build my own but this gives me some great ideas. Thanks!

MADSKILLZ412 4 months ago

This is a very solid gaming PC, but for over $1000, I think there should at least be an overclockable cpu like an i5 3570k which can be overclocked to like 4.0 ghz. This adds a lot of futureproofing for lack of better words to the PC. But, that's just me, some people aren't interested in overclocking, which makes this PC a great match for them. The GTX 770 is an incredible graphics card. 8 GB's of ram is great if you aren't interested in doing anything other than surfing the internet and playing video games. It's always great to have an ssd for all of its uses, and the fact that it speeds up the system so much. 1 TB of HDD has pretty much become the standard for gaming PC's so that's good. 600w psu is more than enough. And all of this at the price of 1,259 makes it a solid choice for people who have a budget close to this cost. The case looks great as well. Digital Storm is great choice if you are looking to get a high performance gaming PC.

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