Digital Storm Custom Core i7 Gaming System
Design & Build Quality
One of the 3.5" drive bays in our system was fitted with an 8-in-1 flash card reader. Long gone are the days of the floppy drive, so it's good to see this smaller bay being put to use. The power and reset buttons of the system have a clean, tactile feel when pushed and the power and HDD status indicator LEDs in between the buttons illuminate in cool blue.
Access and Acoustics:
The view from the backside of the system shows its toolless access design with three thumbscrews for each access panel. In addition, external radiator tube ports are cut into this case as standard equipment and are fitted with rubbing bushings to prevent chafing of hoses in the event you set up this machine with a water cooling kit that needs external hose routing.
Finally, in the right hand shot above, you can see the various IO ports for the EVGA motherboard in the system. Also, if you look closely, you'll noticed there is a fan speed controller knob sticking out of one of the card slot plates on the back of the chassis. This knob allowed us to dial up or down the fan speed of the CPU cooler. On that note, this design build from Digital Storm isn't something we would recommend for the enthusiast that is concerned about acoustics. In fact, due to the CoolerMaster V8 cooler employed on the system's heavily overclocked Core i7 chip, along with the extra Zalman fan on the side panel of the case, the system was a bit louder than we expected it to be (at its factory-shipped fan speed settings), especially given the rather quiet demeanor of the Silverstone TJ-09 case itself.