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Nintendo Entertainment System – Home Theater PC 64-bit Windows 8 | 2.6ghz Dual-Core, 4gb RAM, 128gb SSD
by wilson735
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Description

The purpose of this project was to build a capable Home Theater PC, while keeping the costs low.

An additional goal was to make it as inconspicuous as possible. This involved purposefully obtaining a used-looking case, and doing as few modifications to the mostly visible (front) side as possible. The only changes visible from the front are the 8-bit Mario ventilation holes on the top, and the green LED (as opposed to the original red LED).

The original power and reset switch were preserved, as well as the controller ports (although they were left unwired to keep costs low).

Prime95 as well as other tests were run to ensure that the system is receiving adequate ventilation and no overheating is taking place.

Boot time is approximately 3-5 seconds, thanks to the UEFI installation and the SSD.

Add'l Tools/Supplies used: 1. Epoxy, mechanical screws, nuts, and other miscellaneous 2. Dremel

Build progress pictures: http://imgur.com/a/H7KL6

UPDATE (9.28.14): One commissioned NES is up for sale on Etsy. 3-4 weeks processing time expected. Sorry, first come first serve, I will only be accepting one order for the moment.

Thanks, Wilson https://www.etsy.com/listing/162632677/nintendo-entertainment-system-home?

Part List
Details
Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate2.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle37.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
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IamApropos [3 Builds] 49 points 13 months ago

This build.... THIS BUILD!!! The concept behind this build is outstanding!

 
 
Itroitnyah [1 Build] 28 points 13 months ago

Now get an emulator and run some of the classic NES games on it

 
 
Grazzert [2 Builds] 23 points 13 months ago

holy hell, well done op!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 5 points 13 months ago

Thanks very much, I enjoyed doing this build very much, and learned a lot as well!

 
 
F00_13 [1 Build] 22 points 13 months ago

This build is fantastic. Wish I had this kind of creativity/ingenuity. I may have to steal this whole thing. Like literally... Come to your house and steal it...

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 31 points 13 months ago

Haha, I've got 8-bit security!

 
 
Captain.Aviator [1 Build] 13 points 7 months ago

Thats nothing on me... I got 64 bit security on all my Windows.... :D

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 17 points 13 months ago

This is freaking fantastic! +1 and many more if I could!

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 10 points 13 months ago

AMAZING! I may be stealing your idea entirely. Thanks for sharing!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 8 points 13 months ago

Please do! Let me know if you need any pointers!

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 7 points 13 months ago

Thanks, I certainly will!

 
 
tyroneroyer 4 points 13 months ago

Going to try to do this ASAP. What exactly do you use to cut out all the panels so nicely and drill the Mario vent holes? You are a god.

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 6 points 13 months ago

No no, just a steady hand, a dremel tool, a hand saw, and a hand file is all you need. Measure twice, cut once, file away the rest. Take your time. You'll do just fine ;)

 
 
GeorgeBD [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Hey that rhymed! :D

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 5 points 13 months ago

ummmm yeah, this is awesome.

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 4 points 13 months ago

Saw this on reddit last night, have another upvote!

 
 
olympuse410 4 points 13 months ago

ermahgerd

the awesome is too much

 
 
theonelonewolf [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

Bravo!

 
 
cyanghost109 [7 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Interesting how Hiroshi Yamauchi dies a day after this was submitted. A coincidence or a conspiracy? We need to get Alex Jones on this one!

 
 
E_ManFTW 3 points 5 months ago

O...m...f....g. AWESOMELY EPICLY EXTREMELY OLD-SCHOOLY AMAZING OUT THE BUTT!!!!! Never have i ever in my entire 13 year life seen something so epicly awesome, but whats up with the compatability issues?

 
 
Keralis [2 Builds] 3 points 5 months ago
 
 
TylerDrosett 3 points 5 months ago

That case is just too freaking amazing. I was thinking about doing one of these with a rasbeery pi, and just emulating games.

 
 
arioncielrion 3 points 4 months ago

HELL YEAH~ This build is sugoii XD Dominating. Can you sell it to me? Hehehe...

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Divdor [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Truly cool.

 
 
ToasterNukeTV 2 points 13 months ago

If this can run Minecraft, then NES, meet Minecraft.

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Yes it can! :-)

 
 
ToasterNukeTV 3 points 13 months ago

Then this is the best NES... ever.

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LookTopHats [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Great!!"

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

can you show pictures of all the sides please?

 
 
F00_13 [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Follow the imgur link in the description for the whole build.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

thanks i had not noticed it

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Herobrine [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Great build! I love hack & slash builds.

 
 
canders [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Very creative. Thanks for posting.

 
 
ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

From 8bit graphics to 64bit processor :P, well done +1

 
 
mu57afa [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

this is absolutely amazing, well done!

 
 
yuukifax 2 points 13 months ago

Nice :)

 
 
crystalcloud [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

awesome. nice work.

 
 
GMC_TheLegend [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Wow, this is incredible sir, simply incredible

 
 
GMC_TheLegend [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

It'd be awesome to see like an insane gaming rig inside and be able to brag that your NES is more powerful than your friends Xbox One or PS4

 
 
lrosiak [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

This kind of thing might be a good candidate for running Linux on, to keep storage space, complexity and most importantly costs low, although unfortunately I think Netflix is one of the few things that doesn't work on Linux, so maybe not. I'm sure most people stream video over the internet and that's why there's not really any hard drive space, but I imagine there's room for a 2.5" HDD so you could have any movies you have stored digitally (I don't have many) as well as use this as a home stereo system (most people do have large collections of mp3s that would benefit from being in the living room area as opposed to workstation, I'd think.)

I really applaud you for making this and I am surprised that there hasn't been a huge bidding war for it on ebay--I hope you're able to find a fast buyer at a good mark-up for your efforts. I thought the idea of reusing another object as a computer was so cool that I made a little thread in the case section to inquire about other ideas: http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/13200-innovative-uses-of-non-computer-cases-for-housing-builds

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks very much for your kind words. I like your new thread. Let me know if you need any help/tips on anything!

 
 
ArmorFUS 2 points 13 months ago

FREAKING GENIUS! Awesome build man!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks mate.

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

OMG that is fantastic looking

 
 
tophero 2 points 12 months ago

simply awesome.

 
 
KhalidBashaar 2 points 12 months ago

Best build EVER!

 
 
KingOfKhazmidan 2 points 12 months ago

That is very very awesome. Must have been fun

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

It was extremely fun to build. A nice learning experience, and a great source of satisfaction for sure!

 
 
utkugul 2 points 12 months ago

THIS IS WHY WE BUILD!

 
 
WesleyWizard 2 points 12 months ago

It looks like you could fit a small low-profile GPU in there.

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yes, the motherboard could have been lowered about an inch or so, allowing for even more room for a GPU. Then, of course, comes the challenge of cooling.
Perhaps in my Mk.II build (coming soon?)

 
 
yeagor350 2 points 12 months ago

would this build be able to run arma 2 if not what changes would i need to make? btw awesome idea

 
 
boofheadfred 1 point 7 months ago

New GPU and CPU.

 
 
doughboyisthegreatest [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

You, sir(or ma'am) are a genius and hero to nostalgic PC gamers everywhere

 
 
ElloMello 2 points 11 months ago

HOLY CRAP HOW DID YOU EVEN????

 
 
bigapplepietart 2 points 11 months ago

That's just so awesome dude!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! :)

 
 
HD7ames [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Damn broskie!

 
 
StarkLax 2 points 10 months ago

son of a f*** i need to get out my old NES right away!

 
 
brelovix 2 points 10 months ago

This is awesome!!

 
 
sharkbyte5150 [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

This has got to be some of the most creative modding ever!!
Well done!

 
 
PEG086 [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Excellent build. Well thought out and executed. +1

 
 
Zylos 2 points 9 months ago

This build is amazing! How did you get the idea to use a nintendo system for the case?

 
 
JCanadian 2 points 8 months ago

How the **** did you manage them cables like that. Thats better than most larger case cable management

 
 
BenderBRodriguez 2 points 7 months ago

Pure awesomeness! Love the idea!

 
 
SynchHD 2 points 7 months ago

That's gotta be the best damn build I have ever seen.

 
 
SwissC. 2 points 7 months ago

I love it! What a great idea!

 
 
BroJam67 2 points 6 months ago

This is the coolest **** I've ever seen. :D

 
 
killregister 2 points 6 months ago

Awesome! +1

 
 
neelix1 2 points 6 months ago

Apologies for what might be a very basic question... I'm in the process of planning my "maiden voyage" of building a pc.

Question: Would there be adequate space in this build to put a HDD as well as the SSD?

Thank you for the advice.

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Yes.. There's just enough room under the motherboard.

 
 
Songster [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

NINTENDO...........RE-PURPOSED!

I love it!

Now I can't get the Marios Bros. theme song out of my head!

You Sir, are WINNING!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks!

 
 
zachar954 [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

If you somehow could make it more powerful so I could play modern games on an nes that... that would be magical.

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Now investigating the possibilities...

 
 
zachar954 [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

If you do upgrade post a version 2 :D

 
 
ajpinton [2 Builds] 2 points 2 months ago

This is beautiful, now all we need to complete this is a video of the mods made to the console and the build of it.

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Hmm maybe for my next build....

 
 
snipermantis 2 points 2 months ago

I've never commented on this site before but i feel the need too, this...IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you.

 
 
Frostbyter 2 points 2 months ago

I may be stealing your build soon sir. Thanks!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 1 month ago

Please do!

 
 
Svnryn [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Absolutely stunning! But why not use low profile memory?

 
 
rakenrol14 2 points 13 months ago

i'm guessing he wanted the heatsinks (he only cut part of it).

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Just imagine this with an A10 for the extra GFX horsepower.. it would be amazing.. console replacement .. retrostyle.. XD

 
 
edman545 [10 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I wonder if heat buildup would be a problem though with all the extra watts being used for graphics. There are zero exhaust fans and only the CPU fan is sort of an intake through the holes he cut in the top. It would be awesome though if someone made that work somehow.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

well the locked versions have a 65w tdp so it shouldn't get that bad

 
 
Grazzert [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

for emulators, i bet intel's extra cpu power would make them the better choice.

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Kurama_the_Crimson_Foix 1 point 6 months ago

too bad you couldnt leave the nes case in mint conditon, but have to say, real unique and cool

 
 
abaszczynski [3 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

I don't know how long ago it was that you built this, but I've been buying some of the same parts you have and realized I'm making the exact same idea haha. I really like the job you did with this!

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Wow, I literally logged in here after a few months and my unread messages exploded! Thanks for all the positive comments!

 
 
Austinthemighty 1 point 13 days ago

love it but can we see more pics of it, going to build this for one of my best frinds

 
 
wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks! See the build progress pics on the OP.