66 months ago
Ok, stay with me here.
This is no Corsair Air 540 build.
I am literally attempting to build a computer in a Nintendo Gamecube shell.
I am aware that even the smallest standard MoBo sizes will not fit. There are a few options such as the Via Nano and Pico ITX sizes, but considering I will want to run Windows 7, I am 99% sure that I will be going with the Intel NUC (~4in x 4in). An Intel i5-4250U Mobile CPU should provide respectable power and I can expand to 16 GB of DDR3 LV memory. For reference, it will be about 50% worse than an A10-6800 and about 50% better than an A6-5200.
I have done preliminary measurements (they look difficult, but possible), and purchased my sacrificial gamecube off ebay 1 week ago.
- To look like an unaltered Nintendo Gamecube. Only the Rear I/O ports would give it away.
- Emulate Gamecube games and be able to play them with official controllers in the standard connection ports.
- Be my new web browser, word/excel processor, very lower power gaming, etc. desktop.
- Final budget probably in the range of $1,100.
$60 gamecube + related accessories;
$400 MoBo + CPU; $120 8GB ram; $25 PSU; $175 mSATA 120GB flash memory; $100+ USB/gamecube controller connections; $150 monitor; $70ish *other possible expenses
Any thoughts? I am aware that I could make a far more powerful computer for this price, but I'm looking for something original that will take me time and something I can cherish. Advice from anyone that has done work with small form factor MoBos would be much appreciated.