Description

I was able to get my hands on a empty slim PS3 housing from an old GameStop PS3 demo display about 4 years ago. I have had building a PC in a PS3 idea pigeonholed for quite sometime. So this year the perfect storm happened. I had enough spare parts laying around and finally went through with it.

The parts choices were made around my spare CPU and 2.5 HDD (Actual out of pocket cost is around $220). With a little hot glue, screws, and a little ingenuity I was able to create my little Frankenstein.

(It most likely will be booting Lakka launchbox's BigBox via Windows 10 shell launcher and become a emulator console. Not 100% decided.)

There are few quirks but all and all I'm proud of it. I need to figure out a better power button, some sort of better cooling (temps hovering around 50c at idle, 74 on load with TF2) Eventually I would also like an entry level GPU too (like a 750ti) but not sure yet how I'm going to do that.

Why... (Because I like weird stuff)

CPU* - I picked the G3240 mainly because I had one available from an upgrade on another machine.

Cooler - The choice behind the cooler was purely because of height restrictions and cost. The stock cooler was just to tall and I wanted to keep the exterior case modifications to a minimum.

Mobo - I wanted a sub $100 motherboard, with WiFi, and support for future upgrades in the next year.

RAM - I wanted a minimum of 8GBs and cheap so this choice was a no brainer

HDD - Yes I know it's a 5400 RPM drive, why... because it was free (from a PS4 that I upgraded) and 2.5" (size restrictions)*

PSU - the only item I'm on the fence on if I made the right choice or not. I kind of wish I went smaller with a Pico PSU but it's nice having a fan on it creating some air flow in the case. Also the 80 gold + is nice too.

Extras - the front USB 3.0 are nice to have for controllers and it's just cool having the LEDs light up on the front. The power switch is the only thing I know for sure that I am going to replace hopeful with an original PS3 power switch board.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

You might be able to find a slimmed down 750 TI and use a PCIe extension with custom mounting to make it work. I'm thinking of getting the same motherboard when I move a GPU to my slimmed down media PC later on.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I might even borrow your design plan but with an original Xbox.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm doing an Xbox build next. I will be doing a more aggressive build in that one though. This is the direction I'm going for

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/mtQWGf

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No wifi but if that's not an issue won't matter. I'd wonder about heat issues with the nano but seeing as I'm not running anything aggressive anymore a short 750 ti works well enough for me. I'd probably repurpose my current hardware and go skylake on my main PC.

Is the Z series mobo necessary for the locked CPU? I can see going for a Z170 then on the last of the LGA1150 processors getting a top i5 or i7 and a BIOS update.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

WiFi can always be added on with a little USB dongle. A Z series mobo isn't necessary for locked CPUs but sometimes they have features that the H and B don't. The reason I have the Z board for the xbox build is it had the features I wanted and it reviewed well.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't buy a 1150 cpu with a z170 board, a bios update won't help. they are different sockets. Just thought i'd let you know before the 4790k shows up on your doorstep

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the Z series mobo necessary for the locked CPU? I can see going for a Z170 then on the last of the LGA1150 processors getting a top i5 or i7 and a BIOS update.

For the LGA1150 Socket, you should not be suggesting a Z170! It's a Z97 for the LGA1150 Socket, not a Z170! An LGA1151 Socket is the Z170.
  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Typo, 1151.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Typo, clearly meant the last release of the LGA1151 socket

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Go check YT, WillUDesign did a GLORIOUS multi OS build in an origian Devloper Kit Xbox.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Console peasants. Just kidding, great build and I like the creativity. +1 for that PlayStation case!

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Simply Amazing. Very Impressed.

TCO

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Any possibility you're putting out another completed build soon? I always enjoy yours. Very well done.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! I didn't expect that. I appreciate it, and actually you are correct. Should be just a week or two. I am almost Complete with a Client's First Computer :)

Build Log Link

TCO

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, also, I figured one was coming because I don't see you around much. Awesome, I'm looking forward to it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I was never one for the forums in here.... :)

I post my finished builds to Pcpartpicker out of respect. The part picker pallet is great when piecing a new build together.

TCO

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, also, I figured one was coming because I don't see you around much. Awesome, I'm looking forward to it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Well thank you very much, after looking at your builds I feel that a complement from you means something. I look forward to what you will bring to the table next!

:)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well your build is very original. Easily a +1

TCO

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

I dare you to build one in a PS2. No, not the big one. The slim one.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Personally I like the original PS3 design more, but great job nonetheless!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not gonna lie but you make a blast PS3 Slim computer +1 here you deserve a hamburger :3

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

THIS IS FRIGGIN' AWESOME.

Congrats on an amazing build. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was a lot of fun for Frankenstein.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

How is this not featured yet?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that means a lot to me. I never thought that it was worthy enough for that, but after reading these comments I'm 2nd guessing myself.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an insanely awesome build! Seriously, I've seen very few builds on this website with this amount of effort put into it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I was able to get my hands on a empty slim PS3 housing from an old GameStop PS3 demo display about 4 years ago.

It was empty because a PC was running the game and not the PS3, which didn't have the power! :-)

lol

Very good build, hope you are really happy with it.
  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!!

In all fairness to Sony, they did have a real PS3 running the demos. It just had better cooling and dust filtering for the cabinet. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good job mate. This should be an upgrade from a PS3 processing ability lol. Still counts as a PCMR member, just like a spy.

I would have gone with an APU for the much better graphical capability, but that is just my preference.

I really like this project, cheers!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually almosted scraped the idea of reusing my old g3240 and thought about picking up a A10 on sale, but with Zen around the corner I thought I would wait for their new line of APUs. I also had to remember that this was a build I wanted to see if I could accomplish not break records too (That was the hardest part).

I'm already looking into more system builds because this one was so much fun.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree 100%, this build was more of a challenge build to see what you could pull off. I agree I would not get an APU right now anyway with Zen less then a year off. :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Imagine what you can do with the XBONER..

Stay tuned?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Most definitely stay tuned! My next build is an original Xbox build. I'm going for straight up gaming rig too.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This really needs a feature (when the current featured build has run it's course)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yesssssssssssssss.

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

What are the dimensions of the psu???

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply

5.9 x 3.2 x 1.6 inches

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

how did you manage this talk about a beast hidden under the hood wow Gg m8 +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

oh and 69th like ;) giggity xD

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You can find a small graphics card and get a vertical-to-horizontal or 90 degree connector, then plug the PSU in!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

can u even game on this?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, nothing amazing. I can TF2 (in 720p) and a ton of emulators.

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