Digital Storm’s Latest Gaming PCs Are Almost As Cheap As DIY

Digital Storm’s Latest Gaming PCs Are Almost As Cheap As DIY

Every time I post a review of a boutique gaming PC, someone in the comments has to mention that they could build a similar machine themselves for less money. That’s still true for Digital Storm’s newly launched Vanquish line of gaming PCs, but it’s a narrow truth — we’re talking $20 to $60 narrow.

Digital Storm’s more expensive systems can run upwards of $8000. Those premium systems are for hobbyists with money to burn. Then there’s the Bolt, a custom-engineered slimline system aimed at people looking to pay a premium for a small footprint.

The Vanquish line, as far as I can tell, is for people that just want a damn gaming PC. It’s a box with a window that runs computer applications and games, the only concession to flash a pair of red LED lights in the bottom of the case. Inside there are name-brand components, exactly the sort of name-brand components you can purchase at a place like

In fact, to prove their price point, Digital Storm went ahead and priced out each of the four Vanquish models as parts at the online retailer’s website.


The low-end Vanquish is $38 more than parts. The high-end, which I’ve been trying out for the past week, is $58 more. That’s $58 worth of assembly, testing, warranty and lifetime tech support. As far as I’m concerned, Digital Storm made its point right there. I don’t even know why I was sent a system to try out for the past week. Maybe they wanted me to make a video.

Not quite as comprehensive and informative as their own, but I’m just a guy sitting in front of a computer desk, asking it to love me.


I could discuss performance, noting that the Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 6600 Ti, while not my first choice of CPU and graphics card, did an admirable job of playing the games I’m likely to be seen playing these days. It ran Tomb Raider on ultra at 68 frames-per-second, BioShock Infinite at 82 and Shogun 2: Total War at a respectable 64 on highest settings. It’s not a machine meant to break land-speed graphics records, but it’s a damn fine starting point with plenty of room to expand. It’s exactly the sort of system I would build if I still had the time or inclination to make my PC gaming a little more personal.

I could also show you this really cool picture of the cooling pipes bathed in red LED light.


Digital Storm’s aim with the Vanquish line is to end the age-old DIY Vs. pre-built debate. It will not do that, not because it doesn’t deliver what it promises, but because folks that build themselves PCs can always go to eBay or one of the hundreds of discount online stores with websites from the late ’90s and find bargains. The Vanquish will not likely silence them.

What the Vanquish can do make those that would rather not build their own PC an excellent system backed by warranty and support that feels like a system they could have put together themselves, because they certainly could of.

The Vanquish line is available for purchase now at Digital Storm.


  • While this is nice and all it certainly is not comparable to DIY as you are having to get it shipped here from the US. Add that cost to any of the PCs, no thanks.

    • Exactly. It’s almost like these articles aren’t written for australians.

      Anyway, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to vote for which cover for madden this year.

    • I dunno man, our prices are still pretty inflated. If the shipping is under $200 it’s still a pretty good deal – if you want to wait a while.

    • Classic Kotaku AU. You can’t even get a quote from the website for shipping here, you have to go through emailing their customer service.

  • Hey, that’s great! I need a new gaming PC on a budget and this is perfect for me!

    But the link goes to the US company which would cost a fortune to ship and invalidate most of the support. What’s the Australian version?

    • Yeah, the ultimate on their Vanquish (budget) line. The specs get pretty insane on the higher range models.

  • Still can’t beat the enjoyment/sense of accomplishment/pride of building your own system. I’d get a console if I wanted everything done for me.

  • if there was a company like this with well-run local support infrastructure I’d buy a PC instead of building my own. the actual process of putting a system together can be quite fun, but the tediousness of solving inevitable tech problems is such a phenomenal bore. that is unless apple put out a mac with a proper video card in it (although I hear the gtx680mx is quite good) and I got a pay rise to afford it.

  • That’s pretty tasty for the bucks but is there a Aussie company offering a similar package & pricepoint? I have a shamefully old lappy so no pc gaming for me, but I’m looking for a desktop @ around the $1000 mark – anybody got any advice for australian retailers offering gaming packages?

  • I call bullshit on this article. I just spec’d the DIY i’ve just finished building at Digital Storm, my DIY came out just shy of $2k cheaper…….and i used better components than Digital Storm touts…like an X79 mobo and 32Gb of Quad channel memory. Oh, and the awesome little Bitfenix Recon 🙂

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