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I had an old Kenwood receiver taking up space in my entertainment center, and a boss who decided he was going to throw out an old computer. I decided I would merge the two together inspired by the NES custom build I saw on here a few weeks ago.

All in all the project only took 3 days of tinkering, after gutting the receiver and once my boss finally got around to bringing me his PC.

I could use some practice with the dremel, but this works for me as a first attempt. I was able to rob the HDD mounting hardware from the HP which worked out perfectly and I have the option of adding a 2nd HDD later without issue.

Rather than cutting out the entire bottom of the old case to give me a flat surface, I got a piece of acrylic Plexiglas and put some nylon spacers for standoffs. Using 6-32 screws, I ran them all the way through the case and secured then with a nut on the outside.

I was able to reuse the mechanical power button from the Kenwood by hot-gluing the plastic bracket that housed the electronic switch and LEDs aligned with the button on the face of receiver. The HDD activity LED was used in place of the Standby LED behind the dark plastic. It doesn't show up very well but I thought it was cool that it fit perfectly. I am still working on a way to utilize the Power LED without modding the face too much, if at all. I may just cut a slit in the power button that it can slide into being as its a small rectangular LED. I would also very much like to reuse the front headphone, mic, and 2 USB 2.0 ports, but it doesn't seem feasible at the moment.

If anyone knows of a way that I can reuse the LCD display or something I could mount in its place to give it function, that would be greatly appreciated

To complete the mod, I took the 80mm case fan and mounted it on the top of the case using the existing vent holes to exhaust. This was the only place it would really fit and still move air, plus reach the fan controller on the mobo.

Now if only I could get more reliable sourcing from KODI and a substantial buffer, life would be great, and I could ditch the Dish.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, good way to recycle old equipment. +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This may not the best gaming rig, but +1 for creativity!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Not intended for gaming, tho I will probably put Emulators on this setup.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I love these types of builds. What are the temps like and what motherboard is that? +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Speedfan shows CPU spiking @ 45C when loaded then tapering off to the 30s

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard is stock from the HP I pulled it from. The parts list has a link to the system specs.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

JAM A TITAN X IN THERE THROW A 5960X IN THERE MAKE THAT BABY SPIN AROUND YOUR LIVING ROOM seriously though crowd fund it then have the worst looking computer with the best components. XD +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build idea. As far as using the LCD I think it would require a lot of modding, I would just pull it and replace it with a LCD with a USB header then all you have to do is get the software to work (link of hardware idea below). The buttons will most likely never work with out a ton of modding. You may be able to get the nobs to work with speakers if you take some apart (placing them in the case) and wire the volume control to that nob.

Keep tinkering you have a good platform to build off of here.

http://www.adafruit.com/products/784?gclid=CMq9p4LwtsQCFW0V7AodrGUADw

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the idea with the adafruit. I was looking into nMediaPC for a similar application but this is cheaper. Now i have to hide away a few bucks so the wifey don't get pissed when i buy it..lol

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The guys in my wife's family call that MadMoney, because if the wife found out about the money she would get Mad. :D

Keep us updated, I would love to see this when its "done" (things are never done among computer people).

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, sorry I couldn't help out with it. Can you give me the specs on this? I researched the computer a bit and I think you could definitely put a better cpu and more ram in it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This was intended to be a free project so upgrading it at the moment isn't probably going to happen. If/when I am finally able to ditch the Dish and get XBMC 'wife worthy', then I can save that money and do possible upgrades.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I've also got an old LaserDisc player that I may convert a slightly older Compaq or Dell with. Both have faster processors but the faster Dell doesn't have much room for upgrades. Esp in the graphics end. The Dell had been upgraded w/ a PNY 256 Mb 6200 PCI full size card so long ago I dont remember what crappy chipset it had and tho the Compaq has the same chipset as the discrete card and has a PCIe slot, the discrete card was put in there to save the RAM for the system.