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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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Details

CPU Clock Rate

2.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

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:
Now taking orders for a machine similar to the one shown in this completed build:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/162632677/basic-nintendo-entertainment-system
Also, a slightly more powerful machine:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/258113125/special-edition-nintendo-entertainment

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Reliable cooling, excellent for small form factor PCs where you don't have too much headroom.

Motherboard

Awesome, reliable motherboard. Out of stock everywhere now...

Power Supply

I've used this in more than 6 builds and it has been quite reliable.

Wireless Network Adapter

Excellent little wi-fi adapter.

Keyboard

Well-priced mini wireless keyboard.

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IamApropos 3 Builds 90 points 46 months ago

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

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Moeztar -4 points 20 months ago

Not anymore >:)

Itroitnyah 1 Build 61 points 46 months ago

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

F00_13 1 Build 41 points 46 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 60 points 46 months ago

Haha, I've got 8-bit security!

Captain.Aviator 1 Build 30 points 41 months ago

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

SuperGojira2001 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

My PS2 has 128-bit security!

DDR4worx 1 point 17 months ago

my mac has got 2084-bit security!

I hate having to login

cheeseandram 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

yeah my phone has 4168-bit security you have to use a supercomputer to log in

Brinoz123 0 points 23 months ago

haha ;)

Grazzert 2 Builds 25 points 46 months ago

holy hell, well done op!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 8 points 46 months ago

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

534n888 2 points 7 months ago

LOVE IT so much its is awesome!!!!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks very much!

534n888 2 points 7 months ago

+1000000000000000000

RyneSmith 7 Builds 18 points 46 months ago

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

fnapoli 1 Build 10 points 46 months ago

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

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 8 points 46 months ago

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

fnapoli 1 Build 7 points 46 months ago

Thanks, I certainly will!

tyroneroyer 4 points 46 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 7 points 46 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 4 points 36 months ago

Hey that rhymed! :D

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 8 points 46 months ago

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

cyanghost109 4 Builds 7 points 46 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!

godisafairytale 0 points 7 months ago

Nobody needs Alex Jones on anything except maybe a chalk outline.

deathfromup 6 Builds 5 points 46 months ago

ummmm yeah, this is awesome.

polarbehr 4 Builds 4 points 46 months ago

Saw this on reddit last night, have another upvote!

olympuse410 4 points 46 months ago

ermahgerd

the awesome is too much

ToasterNukeTV 4 points 46 months ago

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

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

Yes it can! :-)

ToasterNukeTV 4 points 46 months ago

Then this is the best NES... ever.

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Keralis 4 points 38 months ago
theonelonewolf 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

Bravo!

TylerDrosett 3 points 38 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 38 months ago

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

Divdor 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Truly cool.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Great!!"

Herobrine 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Great build! I love hack & slash builds.

canders 7 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Very creative. Thanks for posting.

mu57afa 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

this is absolutely amazing, well done!

yuukifax 2 points 46 months ago

Nice :)

crystalcloud 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

awesome. nice work.

GMC_TheLegend 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Wow, this is incredible sir, simply incredible

GMC_TheLegend 1 Build 3 points 46 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 46 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 46 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 46 months ago

FREAKING GENIUS! Awesome build man!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks mate.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

OMG that is fantastic looking

tophero 2 points 46 months ago

simply awesome.

KhalidBashaar 2 points 45 months ago

Best build EVER!

KingOfKhazmidan 2 points 45 months ago

That is very very awesome. Must have been fun

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

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

WesleyWizard 2 points 45 months ago

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

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 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 45 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 Build 1 point 40 months ago

New GPU and CPU.

doughboyisthegreatest 2 points 45 months ago

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

ElloMello 2 points 45 months ago

HOLY CRAP HOW DID YOU EVEN????

bigapplepietart 2 points 45 months ago

That's just so awesome dude!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! :)

HD7ames 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Damn broskie!

brelovix 2 points 43 months ago

This is awesome!!

sharkbyte5150 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

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

PEG086 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Excellent build. Well thought out and executed. +1

Zylos 2 points 42 months ago

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

JCanadian 2 points 41 months ago

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

BenderBRodriguez 2 points 41 months ago

Pure awesomeness! Love the idea!

SynchHD 2 points 40 months ago

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

SwissC. 2 points 40 months ago

I love it! What a great idea!

BroJam67 2 points 40 months ago

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

killregister 2 points 40 months ago

Awesome! +1

Kurama_the_Crimson_Foix 2 points 39 months ago

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

neelix1 2 points 39 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 34 months ago

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

E_ManFTW 2 points 38 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?

Songster 1 Build 2 points 38 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 34 months ago

Thanks!

zachar954 1 Build 2 points 37 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 34 months ago

Now investigating the possibilities...

zachar954 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

If you do upgrade post a version 2 :D

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 36 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 34 months ago

Hmm maybe for my next build....

snipermantis 2 Builds 2 points 35 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 34 months ago

Thank you.

abaszczynski 3 Builds 2 points 35 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!

Frostbyter 2 points 35 months ago

I may be stealing your build soon sir. Thanks!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Please do!

Austinthemighty 2 points 33 months 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 33 months ago

Thanks! See the build progress pics on the OP.

MrEnergyBoss95 2 points 33 months ago

Bringing old school back, not bad.

bloodroses75 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I got to ask, where are you able to get those Nintendo's at that price? Where I live they're around $50+ for a non-working one, and ebay doesn't seem to be much cheaper.

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Hey mate. A lot of patience on eBay...

bloodroses75 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Yeah, I figured... lol

OresGaming 2 points 31 months ago

666 likes? I THINK NOT

vincemark 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

the only way for this to get better would be if you didnt epoxy the door shut and hid a bluray drive there.

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for your comment. I guess that is possible, however ventilation may start to be an issue, and of course, it's a bit more of an investment.

Mollevik 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

I would get rid of the usb wireless adapter. I had the same one and it wasnt great. If it fits I would get a PCI one.

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Interestingly, I've had great success with this wireless adapter with 4 builds so far.

Mollevik 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Well maybe I had a defective one. I had pretty much given up on USB adapters.

ItsBarney 2 points 29 months ago

Awesome! Great idea to put it in an Nes

ZeNinja864 2 points 29 months ago

Quick question... Did you have to cut the NES case at all to fit any hardware inside?

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Definitely. A bunch of cuts on the inside, and cuts for the I/O panel and ventilation on the rear.

ZeNinja864 2 points 29 months ago

Ok thanks!

b.topherjohnson 2 points 29 months ago

How did you wire the mobo to the Nintendo? Do you have a case speaker? Could you use the original red light?

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for your interest. The power/reset/LED were soldered to motherboard header cables. I do not have case speaker. I could have used the original red LED, but decided to go with a different color for these builds.

b.topherjohnson 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the input. I might try this in a year or so.

wolv_bro37 2 points 28 months ago

Wow, what an awesome way to make modern look retro. Well done, mate.

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Thanks, mate!

fragula69 2 points 28 months ago

Thanks a lot now I have to go change my ginch

iCantBuild... 2 points 27 months ago

100% Gangster

ICantBuildPCs 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

I think I might just have found a use for my broken NES...

Markill-UK 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Love the vintage look!

linkleo 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Dude this is awesome! Love the vent! PUT A RED LED IN THERE!!

Luigiox 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

This! +1

ramp1115 2 points 25 months ago

My friend and I did a simliar build but instead of changing the led we installed some red leds behind the power and reset button.

UncleBunky 2 points 25 months ago

Such a great build, I'd like to see one made with an Atari 2600 case now lol.

xbatsx 2 points 25 months ago

I love this build big ups mate

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks! Appreciate that.

Hawk101 2 points 25 months ago

This is awesome!!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks!

viperblood77 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Awesome! build man. Really creative!

Skylord 2 points 23 months ago

Awesome build! I might actually copy you on this!

JO5H9897 2 points 21 months ago

how have I not seen this before, this is incredible

StupidMods 2 points 20 months ago

First: THIS IS A ******* GREAT AND CREATIVE BUILD

Secondly: How loud is that power supply?

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! The power supply is actually not as loud as you might think. I didn't measure any sound levels, but it's quiet enough to not be distracting.

Pcbadly 2 points 20 months ago

Do you know of this can run fallout 4/modern games

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Maybe on low settings? I'm not quite sure to be honest, since it's using integrated graphics..

However, I'm working on another version, a liquid-cooled i3. Stay tuned for the build write-up :)

GentlemanShark 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

How did you convert the front I/O to use with the PC?

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Quite simple, really. You'll need a set of some motherboard header cables, such as these: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00213KDQK/

1. Unsolder and remove the PCB of the original NES front I/O components so that you're left with just the 2 switches and the metal plate that joins them.
2. On the top side of the power button there will be a small thin metal plate. Rip that off with an exacto blade or similar. Under where the metal plate was, there will be something that looks like a staple. Remove it, and the power button will behave just like the reset button.
3. Solder the motherboard header wires to the switches. One twisted pair for each switch.
4. Take the power LED and stick it into where the original NES LED sat.
5. Plug in the header cables into the appropriate spot on your motherboard.
bjderganc 2 points 16 months ago

How could you replace the NES with inferior hardware!?

JK. This is awesome <3

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

:) Thanks!

Xorex64 2 points 15 months ago

Love it

+1

Baustinmcmanus 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Awesome build. Cool to see someone so crafty make something so intricate. Must have been pretty difficult. +1 for the originality.

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks!

MrWaffle323 2 points 14 months ago

Where did you get your case?

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

It's an original NES case. The case was gutted and the (usually non-functioning) innards were repurposed.

nealosis 5 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

This is the coolest thing in the history of things.

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks!

Arjoplog 2 points 13 months ago

Amaaaazing!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks!

r3b5 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

can you see 1080p movies on it? how does it performs for the purpose you made it??

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yes, I can easily see 1080p movies on it. It performs great: It boots extremely quickly and runs many games smoothly.

wasupduck 2 points 11 months ago

COOLEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN

DanThePCMan007 2 points 5 months ago

This Basically describes what I think of your build in a way! +200 If I could

ShirazEpic 2 points 3 months ago

whoever made this is a GENIUS! honestly you can just replace your gaming consoles by making a budget gaming rig that looks good! except for your play station, nintendo switch, and xbox. BASICALLY YOU CAN REPLACE THE TRASH THAT IS ALIENWARE CONSOLES AND BE SMART LIKE THE GUY WHO MADE THIS!

DrShabba 2 points 3 months ago

Fantastic build, although I bet you've upgraded it by now!

Could be a real beast, although that wasn't your MO.

freefly32 2 points 2 months ago

This is too good for this world +1

Svnryn 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Absolutely stunning! But why not use low profile memory?

rakenrol14 2 points 46 months ago

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

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

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

6lotek9 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Very cool. I always like builds like this. Might try some myself.

TMcKenzieP 1 point 22 months ago

:O To quote a great book: "...straight up pimp with a degree in pimping." +1

Captain-Falcon 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

throw in a fury nano!

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

:)

death9251 1 point 11 months ago

THAT IS SO WICKED AWESOME!

wjb1054 1 point 1 month ago

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

SnaVz 1 point 16 days ago

Does the Konami code word on this?

Dalton334 0 points 14 months ago

Kind of disappointing how the power/reset buttons don't work...

wilson735 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

The power/reset buttons indeed work, just as you'd expect them to.

Max_Cimander -3 points 24 months ago
HeyLookItsRed 1 Build -8 points 46 months ago

Amazing build, But I'd have this, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1MM4H

aventador18 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

its good but the built in power supply is probably some cheap chinese power supply that will ruin your system

doughboyisthegreatest -8 points 45 months ago

awesome low-cost but... ugh windows 8

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F00_13 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

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

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edman545 10 Builds 1 point 46 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.

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Grazzert 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

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

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