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The Nes PC Mod

Postby jamesregan2012 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:19 pm

Hi Guys,

I have built this NES PC when i had a bit too much spare time on my hands / Unemployed....

Just wondering if you may be interested at all or if anyone would like to do a feature on it for there website

I basically seen a few attempts of making these out there and thought with my practical skills of being a Qualified Electrician i could built one a little bit better.

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The Computer took quite a lot of time and effort to build and my house ended up a hell of a mess just making this thing. I reckon it is the best Nes Pc mod that has been made just yet.

For the Case an old Nes was stripped apart , had all the plastic cut out and was lined with sheet metal in order to fit all the components in and keep a sturdy solid case.

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I have Tried to keep everything as discrete as possible so i have also lined the area round the Disk drive with metal to give a neater appearance. The front panel where you would normally plug the game pads into has also been converted to two USB ports.

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The Hardest Part was cutting out a space for the Back Input Panel of the Motherboard while trying to keep it neat. I couldn’t get it 100% Perfect but its a whole lot better than the rest of the attempts out there and certainly good for a first go at making one of these.

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The Original Nes Power and Reset buttons have been wired and soldered to the motherboard so that the computer operates just like the old NES would have. The Power Led is also fully Functional. :)

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I managed to pick up a ASRock A330GC Mini Itx Motherboard  for this which managed to fit perfectly in the Old Nes case once it was all cut out. It contains a Dual Core Intel Atom 330 Processor 1.60 Ghz and runs pretty smooth. The full spec for this motherboard can be viewed here  http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=A330GC .

To power the board i have used a Mini ITX PC DC-DC Power Supply Board 120W PSU 12V. This is tiny and fitted perfectly within the case. It also gives of a little bit of blue light which kinda shines through the gaps in the Nes and makes it look kinda kool ;)

Other components used are a Samsung SN-208BB 8x DVD-RW DL & RAM SATA Laptop Drive which is fitted very nicely under the flap where you would usually insert your game cartridges and also a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 SATA 3Gb/s 160-GB Hard Drive. It also has 1 GB Ram DDR2 ( 2x 512MBs ).

I had to include a RetroLink Retro NES Style USB Game Pad that is unopened to top it off as well so that you can play all the old nes classic in retro fashion. :)

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I learned a **** load and picked up quite a few skills during making this and also enjoyed it but i already have a belter of a PC which i use for sound engineering ,  so the NES PC has hardly ever been used. It is off no use to me just now apart from showing it off to friends so I’m putting it up for sale so that someone else may enjoy it.

Thanks for reading this, If you would like to make an offer or if you have any questions on how you could make one of these for yourself send me an email on jamie_regan1@hotmail.com
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Re: The Nes PC Mod

Postby soop » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:06 am

fair play Jamie, that is ****ing awesome.
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Re: The Nes PC Mod

Postby muppet42 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:11 am

That's really impressive, would be great for a MAME box or similar :)
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Re: The Nes PC Mod

Postby Tyron » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:18 am

Amazing bit of kit there! Very nice :)
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Re: The Nes PC Mod

Postby MRCL » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:44 pm

Why don't you put it in the Case Mod Gallery of TPU?
http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/

I reckon you'd surely get lots of praise. :)
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Re: The Nes PC Mod

Postby mainvein » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:50 pm

that looks great! i would love one of those but i own far too many computers to warrant buying that (unless its really cheap :lol: )

have you ever thought about doin the same in a saturn case or any other retro consoles?

i suppose once the rasperry pi comes out then this would be a much easier mod to do in any machine (or handheld even)
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