(Actual shot of side panel above.)
To start, the name of the project is pronounced the same as "reflection," just with an X, instead. I came up with the project name based on a particular theme that I had in mind and then thought, â€œYou know, what would really set it off is to spell it a little different, and hey, my name fits perfectly!â€
To get the wheels turning, I designed a logo and custom graphic specifically for this project that captures part of my vision for it. The theme is galaxies and the reflection of light. I have always been fascinated by the stars, and with a little help from a buddy of mine, the theme was born. With this, I believe I have some unique concepts in mind that will give this project both life and a personality. Some of these concepts, which I feel are unique and have not seen done before, I will not be sharing until the later stages in the project. But I promise to keep this worklog interesting and will try to provide updates regularly. In addition, I want this worklog to be a two-way exchange. All constructive feedback and ideas are more than welcome as thatâ€™s how we learn.
I'll briefly state my objective with this latest build before I get into the meat of the project.
My objective: To build a machine that pulses with life and personality and that exudes excellence.
My belief is that the ceiling of creativity is far from being reached in this hobby. My intention is to show a PC's artistic possibilities, to give it a name and a likeness. An identity. To accomplish this, I plan to inject some of my ideas, have them blend with a particular theme, and then to execute that theme through precise and risky modding. I believe that both can be accomplished, so my goal is to build a machine that's both edgy and refined.
So without further delay, I give you:
View the making of refleXion in 720p HD:
I. Side panel design completed
II. Zero Gravity Chamber Conceived
III. Case Layout Design Completed
IV. Zero Gravity Chamber Waterjet Cut Completed
V. Side panel waterjet cut completed
VI. Zero Gravity Chamber design completed
Chassis: Cooler Master Cosmos S
Side Panel: Custom Waterjet
Front Panel: Custom Waterjet
Interior: "Zero Gravity Chamber" (custom SSD, pump and PSU mount)
Intel i7 950
Foxconn Flaming Blade X58
ATI HD5970 CrossfireX (4 GPUs)
SSD Raid0 x 6 (OCZ Vertex SSD x 4; OCZ Core SSD x 2)
Corsair HX1000W PSU
Dual MCP350 Swiftech H20 system, dual-loop design
Swiftech MCR220 x 2 Radiators
XSPC Reservoir DDC Top x 2
Dangerden H20 (CPU, Chipset, GPUs)
Coolant: Fezer Clear (UV), Fezer Black (UV)
Tubing: 7/16" Tygon
Fittings: BP Rotary, Dangerden Compression
Edited by Xion X2 - 3/27/10 at 8:00am