Project: BLUR Racing PC

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  1. Mnpctech

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    I haven't been this addicted to a racing game since the 1st GT. The addiction comes from the strategy element it involves. blur gives inexperienced drivers the ability to cripple experienced drivers. Gathering and use of Power-ups is vital to winning. If you do manage to get ahead of everyone, some entity above that I can only describe as "God of blur" creates force fields you must avoid or it will slow down your vehicle. I must say blur's physics engine is pretty decent. Each vehicle does a good job in replicating the performance and handling of the real deal. The Lotus is very nimble while the ZR1 can be like a projectile missile at the LA Docks. I decided to build a "blur" theme PC based on the Blue ZR1 Corvette from the Beta version. It will be a mini-ITX system in 1:8 scale replica.

    The build will be based upon Intel's "little hot rod" Quad-core Q9000 mobile processor

    Purchase the Jetway NC64 Core 2 Duo Mobile Mini-ITX Mainboard

    The Jetway NC64 integrates Intel's high-performance Intel Core 2 Duo processing with NVIDIA's powerful graphics capabilities. It supports the advanced 45 nm Core 2 Duo Mobile (Penryn) and Celeron M (575/ 85) Socket P (Montevina platform) processors and is paired with the NVIDIA MCP79MH chipset offering GeForce 9100M graphics technology. It has extensive I/O options, such as 4 SATA connectors (RAID 0, 1, 5); HDMI, VGA, and DVI; digital audio (optical and coaxial); 24-bit LVDS; onboard GPIO; and wireless connectivity (via PCIe Mini Card slot). With support for full 1080p HD and Blu-ray playback, the NC64 mainboard is ideal for demanding image processing applications.

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    Mushkin MKNSSDCL60GB SOLID STATE DRIVE 60GB Callisto 60GB SSD, 996643
    Mushkin Enhanced DDR3 SODIMM 4GB PC3-8500 SODIMM, 204p, 1.5V

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    Mushkin Enhanced DDR3 SODIMM 4GB PC3-8500 SODIMM, 204p, 1.5V

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    GIGABYTE GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready

    The foundation is this 1:10 scale radio control Corvette by Newbright.

    This will be modified to look more like the ZR-1 Corvette from the Blur game.

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  2. Mnpctech

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    Removed the battery pack from the chassis

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    Center section of the chassis will be removed and replaced with 1/8" thick Transparent Blue Acrylic plate that will act as the ITX motherboard tray.

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    Heating up the end of the acrylic with a stationary Heat gun to cradle the contour on the rear of the chassis.

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    I've been working on the modifications to the Corvette body.

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    I used Magic-Sculpt to create the exterior features from the ZR-1 like these front disc brake cooling ducts. I will then apply Evercoat brand "Everglass" fiberglass auto body filler to the sculpted pieces to adhere them onto the surface of the plastic. Magic-Sculpt recommends sculpting pieces first, then apply them onto a plastic surface with an epoxy. My approach allowed me to blend the sculpted pieces onto the surfacing without the guess work.

    I made the vents with a Dremel and sphere-like grinding attachment.
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    Here is the Power brick connection, mounted it the rear of the chassis
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    I can now say I "wrenched" on a Corvette ZR-1 ...lol

    I added a couple of mounting holes in the SSD bracket to attach to the rear pillars on the chassis.

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    The cables will be routed and hidden later under the ITX MB.

    M4 Thread x 30mm Length socket head screws to attach the 60mm Evercool fan to the Heatsink.

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    Getting closer to having system installed finished...

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    Here is the Corvette body installed over the chassis with the windows removed. I'm going to modify the opening for the hood cowl to accommodate an 80mm fan next..

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    Updated 8/20/10, Corvette ZR-1 Jetsream Blue Paint!

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    80mm Evercool Blue LED fan will be mounted as an exhaust in the Hood Cowl

    I just need to paint it now....
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    Thats where it's at so far! I need installed the LEDs, cooling fan in the hood cowl
     
  3. jacobzcoool

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    Amazing, these small form factors are always impressive what people come up with for them :D
     
  4. derekm705

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    This looks too awesome for words , nice job :)
     
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    looking good bill :D
     
  6. Nanaki

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    Nice choice of car for the build.

    Just a thought but could you make the headlights the power indicator and the brake lights hdd activity?
     
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    Glad you like! Thank you for tuning and watching

    @Nanaki, that is a cool idea :cool:

    Does anyone play Blur? My tag is "MonsterMawd" on both PC and Xbox 360

    I mounted the 80mm Evercool in the front exhaust cowl today.

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    Installed LEDs in headlights, tailights and side markers yesterday afternoon.

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  9. Mnpctech

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    Here is my HTPC Controller.....lol! :D

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    Absolutely awesome! This really is one of a kind.
     
  11. Cosmo_1847

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    This looks like a fantastic build. I've not seen a Car case build in a very long time and this one looks like it's going to be great. Can't wait to see the car all lit up :)
     
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    Looks awsome but i can tell you those slot in drives are awful at reading discs, they fail very quickly i hope its not the sony optiarc
     
  13. Mnpctech

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    Esp after the car hits some Potholes...Duh!

    I was also thinking a tiny LCD screen mounted in the rear window, with a CPU Tachometer GUI, and we could play Blur on it, with wireless controller! Now would be sweet!

    ....just finished installing the lights today

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    The Main Power switch, under the Driver's side taillights

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    This needs grill/cowl needs more detail, like a trim piece on the center top
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    That is Sweet!!!

    Digital Doctor, my slot loading drive is 5 years old :)
     
  15. Mnpctech

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    I got the R/C battery finally... just wiring up a harness to factory battery box, so it can be easily disconnected and removed from the car.

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    YouTube video of the Corvette Desktop PC

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    A slimline laptop DVD is incorporated into the roof.

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    The Corvette's Cowl Induction is an 80mm LED cooling fan

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    22mm Bulgin "Green LED" resistant switch is mounted in rear as the Main Power.

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    The foundation was a 1:6 scale Radio Controlled Corvette Kit by Newbright.
     
  17. jacobzcoool

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    Nice :D

    All the lighting adds a nice touch.
     
  18. Mnpctech

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    It was fun to build! Thanks!
     
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    Archaon Eats, Drinks, Sleeps Kustom

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    Didn't realise that you were gonna leave the RC bits in it at the end, I'm even more impressed than I was already because of that. :)
     
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    --Mike-- GRIND ME!

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    I didn't realise either that is amazing fantastic job well done xD!