Description

Friend of mine gave me his old SNES that had been sitting in his closet for god knows how long. Just the console, no cords or controllers or game. Not even sure if it still worked. Anyways, I’d been wanting to build a new HTPC for a while now and when this fell in my lap, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. ;)

I was on a tight budget for this, so I had to re-use some parts I already had.

Specs:

-Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz -Rosewill RCX-Z775 LP CPU cooler -Gigabyte GA-H87N-Wifi mITX -G.Skill 4GB 1600 (for now, will be upgrading to 8GB) -AData 120GB SSD -Pico 160XT PSU -Zotac GTX 750 LP -2x Fractal Design 40mm fans -19cm PCIe x16 extension ribbon from modDIY.com

The Build:

The main goal with this build was to have it look as original as possible (from the front, top and sides). The idea of mounting the graphics card in the game cartridge slot came about after I realized there wasn’t any room inside for the GPU.

The original SNES power switch and front power LED are both functional. There were many challenges with this build, needless to say, but it works great (mostly) and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

CPU temperatures are a problem with moderate to heavy use (like gaming) where it will spike up into the 90*C range. Internal airflow and cooling is an issue but I’m working on how to address that without cutting any holes or vents in the top or sides. For now, it’s good enough and stays in the 70’s while streaming. ;)

Future plans for this build (aside from fixing the temperature issue), is to get a pair of SNES to USB controller adapters, disassemble them and solder it up to the original SNES controller ports on the front for some authentic SNES gameplay (along with some retro gaming emulators of course ;) ).

Will update after I figure out how to fix the cooling issue, but for now, enjoy the pics. Thanks for looking. :)

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 7 points

I would die if you updated this with a ridiculously huge card on top, amazing build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL, imagine if he put one of those Star Wars Titan Xp's on the top... Or, better yet, that $5000 Quadro.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Or that 32GB Quadro... only $9000.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Right! Only $9000!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It'll only render 120fps 4K advanced physics simulations in 30 seconds, but who needs that much power.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah if he got the GV100 definitely no bottlenecking at all totally lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 4 points

Put gtx 1080 ti 4 way sli!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

Not possible

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

It actually is, just not officially

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I know

  • 19 months ago
  • 4 points

An awesome build that brings back memories.... +1! Have you considered doing a 120mm AIO and disguising it as spare cartridges to help with the temps, or perhaps a custom soft tubing water loop? I would just run the tubes out the back of the SNES to the side, and get a round or square small fish tank for the res, connect a pump and have some Super Mario Characters with him in a frog suit and Big Bertha to decorate the tank with. Just additional awesomeness to add to your already cool theme here.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I am actually considering adding a 120mm AIO cooler with the tubes running out the back and the rad mounted behind. ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Knowing how much dedication you have put to such a build amazes me. Your job was great, exceptional, admirable. You must be proud of the result. Love it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

all you need is Steam and a Super Nintendo USB Controller

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

this is so awesome!!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

cute fans

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Stuff like this makes me really want to get into modding. Very cool!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome is the word best used!!

The Pico 160XT psu is awesome too!!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally think the GTX 750 kind off destroyed the SNES look, maybe hide it in a cartridge or something? But in general, a awesome build, the pico psu is a bit price tho. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the orange fan and black shroud don't really match the SNES colour scheme, I agree. I will probably be upgrading it to a GTX 1050 in the future though and when I do that, I'll probably paint the new card to match the build. ;)

The Pico PSU cost is for the power brick I had to buy to make it work. A bit pricey, indeed.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

GPU being the cartridge is GENIUS. I'm calling featured... even if I also happen to have a build up this week LOL
Great original work and attention to detail. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool. Good luck on your airflow. Aesthetics vs cooling is tough regularly. This is on the scale of "impossible". So I can't equity to see it. Great job.

Thumbs up.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugh autocorrect madness.

I meant I can't wait to see it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I love custom modified builds like this! The way you stick the GPU in like a game cartridge is awesome!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

this is so cool! if and when you get to upgrade any of the parts, this would be king sleeper build. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, this is going to be the next featured. I hope to do this with an original Xbox sometime. Any tips?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be awesome! Would love to see it. :) Just plan everything out carefully before you start. Make a check list of things you'll need to incorporate (like how are you going to power it and how will that fit into the build, how to mount the components and route the cables etc.). Planning is key to make sure you don't run into any road blocks mid-build. ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Called the feature! Congrats!

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s more like something I am thinking about doing until I can afford a big custom loop. Thanks!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello.

Featured.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

+1! If even possible at this point, change out the CPU cooler with A METAL ONE Metal Coolers offer similar cooling to a pro cooler in a much smaller height, making it a perfect cooler for a build like this

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU cooler I'm using is metal. It has a copper core with aluminum fins. The problem is it has really pour airflow and ventilation at the moment.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a suggestion, but could you get a longer graphics card extension and hide the card behind the case for a better look?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I suppose I could, but I like the look of the graphics card plugged into the game cartridge slot. Also plan to change it to a better looking card some time soon. ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I LOVE IT!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Speaking from experience you may have to make a vew vent holes over the cpu about 5mm should cut it with 20 holes or so. Should not detract from the cosmetic side to much. Love the plug and play gpu/cartridge +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have a video of this build? Trying to get my son into doing things like this with my old consoles, (he needs a hobby), and a video might show him it's hard work but rewarding.

Great idea and build by the way

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. :) This is the only video I have of it so far. I may do another one showing disassembly and sharing some details of the steps I took to build it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUh0RVI4bUg

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

wow. getting a great console and making it even better. looks great

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Genio!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I dont like the look of the GPU sticking out of the top, other than that its a good looking build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

LOVE IT!!!...i know you said about the snes to usb for authentic snes gameplay but have to considered the SN30 PRO from 8bitdo? i can't say enough good things about them and it would look perfect next to you build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Haven't heard of that, but I will definitely check it out. :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, its very unique.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

this is an amazing idea! Excellent job on this system.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you tried taking the GPU out, blowing on the PCIe connector, and putting it back in again? :P

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course! lol ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

dude. props for the design. awesome build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovely! nice work

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely get a +1 for such a unique build. Though I would have gone with the new Ryzen Apu's given the chance. Would have looked a bit better without the gpu and with a noctua NH-l9i would have definitely been a quieter choice.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked into to use that Noctua cooler, but it actually would have been too tall for this build at 37mm. I needed something low as possible so there would be enough room for the PCIe extension ribbon and the Rosewill cooler at 30mm was the lowest I could find.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotcha, I seen the stock cooler in the early set of photos and assumed. Though if the ribbon was limiting you on height and choking half of the cooler, that would have definitely pushed me to grab an APU. Not bashing you though, its a wonderful build and hope to see more.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking at the pictures and thinking about making a build in such a type space is literally making me anxious. Amazing and creative build. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Im guessing the riser is so you can make it look like you buy new graphics cards as soon as they come out like new game cartridges

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice concept, I wonder if an expansion slot blower,something like (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G28M7210&cm_re=expansion_slot_fan-_-35-230-027-_-Product), would help get more air across your cpu cooler,

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad idea, just wish there was room inside for something like that. It's a really tight package once closed up.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I've seen some expensive, amazing setups on this website - but yours is so far by the best.

Keepin' it old-school, I like it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

That is what I call "The definition of creative."

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

haha damn that is clever. Well done.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, i did make one in 8bit but diffrend style, this is way better whit original looks of console. have you consider drilling holes on the bottom at all sides of motherboard for airflow or would that still be not enough?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. :) I have plans to address the cooling issue. I'll be posting up a new completed build log for that as it will require fairly extensive modifications to it, yet will still retain most of the original shell/appearance. Hopefully will be able to start working on that in the next few weeks.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Send me a message when its done i would like to see that very much.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I will try to remember. ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I cared nothing for the specs because they're slapped within/atop an original SNES shell. Yes.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

And thicker aluminum fins!

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

He's talking about an APU. So that actually fits the budget idea.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

mITX AM4 boards are pricey and so is DDR4 memory. A Ryzen APU would have been well beyond the budget. ;) Not out of the question for future upgrade though.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Again, I was on a tight budget and already had the i3, mobo and ram on hand. That's far cheaper than a whole new AM4 mITX board + DDR4 ram and a Ryzen APU. The card doesn't need much support, it's only a small low profile card. ;)

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words. :) I am currently considering using a 120mm AIO with the tubing going out the back. Just looking at different models to see which one would work best. The Deepcool Maelstrom 120T/K is looking like the best option because of it's low-profile pump and smaller, more flexible tubing (and lower cost).

I don't think I could never sell this. I'll probably just continue to upgrade it in the future. ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

You could do an external radiator, you would just have to cut the holes in the back for tubing :)

Then you should go excessive and get a 480mm for a dual core

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a spare Corsair H55 that I'm currently measuring to see if it will fit. ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

You could do a super simple custom water cooling loop to claim it has a custom loop that’s just two tubes connecting to a radiator and a pump ;)

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