Project-X - Building a new Guru3D.com test rig
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/28/2008 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
And yes, the blue flames even expand to the top of the chassis. Inevitably this chassis will get water-cooling. Located in the top will be a radiator and obviously some lovely dark blue cold cathode lighting.
Inside the case below the four 5.25" drive bays and one external 3.5" bay are the two removable hard drive cages. Each cage supports three hard drives with vibration dampening while positioned between the two cages is a 120mm fan slot. Now, the innards are just black ... perfect for nice photography (for my taste). At the bottom though, you'll notice a subtle logo. Let's have a peek.
Indeed, this is a Smooth Creations / Guru3D collaboration and to celebrate that, we put the two together at the bottom of the chassis. Right let's have a look at building the test rig.
Now this is phase one for the time being. Since Core i7 is so new, I wasn't able to get my hands on a good water-block for the CPU. But in the near future a radiator will be mounted into he top. The upper drive bays will get a pump and reservoir ... this system is just determined to get water-cooling, with a nice UV reflective theme going on.
X58 as you guys know can support both SLI and Crossfire, allowing one PC to test both, and for a reviewer that's pretty wicked really as we do not have to build multiple similar configured systems. One to rule them all. We figured, let's make a new system and go a little crazy. So the guys over at Smooth Creations decided to help us out by taking care of a custom paintjob. I wanted, blue Guru3D colored flames with our logo stamped in there, with a black coating.