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Digital Storm Lynx: A Well-Crafted Gaming PC

PC MAGAZINE EDITORS’ CHOICE

Digital Storm Lynx

Starts at $799; $1,999 as tested

4/5

PROS Well-priced, given the parts inside. Great for fast-paced 1080p and 1440p gaming, as tested. Impeccable attention to detail. Remote-controlled LED bling system. Ample cooling.

CONS Could be quieter under load. No flash-card reader.

Build it yourself, or go with a prebuilt model? That’s the classic dilemma when you’re shopping for a gaming desktop. California-based specialty builder Digital Storm aims to deliver the benefits of both worlds with its Lynx mid-tower. Designed for serious gaming, it’s offered in four prebuilt configurations (named Levels 1 to 4) to meet most budgets, maxing out with eight-core Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs and Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-class graphics cards. Other high-end options include liquid cooling and full LED case lighting. Spotless attention to detail, smart part selection, and superb overall performance (in our test model) make the Lynx an alluring choice for a gaming mid-tower at its value-packed price and an easy substitute for doing the DIY thing.

MAKING A CLEAR CASE FOR IT

The Lynx isn’t an off-the-shelf, mass-produced desktop. While the chassis and certain internal components are designed or branded by Digital Storm, they’re all standard parts that have aftermarket equivalents.

In fact, most of the parts inside are aftermarket to begin with, such as the motherboard and graphics card. I was able to locate most of them at online retailers. That’s part of the allure of getting a prebuilt desktop from a system builder like Digital Storm; it’s essentially a product of the aftermarket, but expertly assembled and covered by a system warranty, meaning you don’t have to deal with individual part warranties. You have single-destination tech support you can

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