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

Etsy Store:
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.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 92 points

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

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  • 72 months ago
  • 65 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 44 points

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...

  • 72 months ago
  • 66 points

Haha, I've got 8-bit security!

  • 67 months ago
  • 33 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

haha ;)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

my mac has got 2084-bit security!

I hate having to login

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  • 72 months ago
  • 26 points

holy hell, well done op!

  • 72 months ago
  • 9 points

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

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

LOVE IT so much its is awesome!!!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

+1000000000000000000

  • 72 months ago
  • 19 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 10 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 8 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 7 points

Thanks, I certainly will!

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

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.

  • 72 months ago
  • 9 points

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 ;)

  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

Hey that rhymed! :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 9 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 7 points

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!

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 72 months ago
  • 6 points

ummmm yeah, this is awesome.

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

Saw this on reddit last night, have another upvote!

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

ermahgerd

the awesome is too much

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Yes it can! :-)

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

Then this is the best NES... ever.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points
  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Bravo!

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

That case is just too freaking amazing. I was thinking about doing one of these with a rasbeery pi, and just emulating games.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Truly cool.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Great!!"

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I love hack & slash builds.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Very creative. Thanks for posting.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

this is absolutely amazing, well done!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome. nice work.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, this is incredible sir, simply incredible

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much for your kind words. I like your new thread. Let me know if you need any help/tips on anything!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

FREAKING GENIUS! Awesome build man!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG that is fantastic looking

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

simply awesome.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Best build EVER!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

That is very very awesome. Must have been fun

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

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?)

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

would this build be able to run arma 2 if not what changes would i need to make? btw awesome idea

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

New GPU and CPU.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

HOLY CRAP HOW DID YOU EVEN????

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

That's just so awesome dude!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn broskie!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome!!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build. Well thought out and executed. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Pure awesomeness! Love the idea!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it! What a great idea!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

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?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

NINTENDO...........RE-PURPOSED!

I love it!

Now I can't get the Marios Bros. theme song out of my head!

You Sir, are WINNING!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

If you somehow could make it more powerful so I could play modern games on an nes that... that would be magical.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Now investigating the possibilities...

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

If you do upgrade post a version 2 :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm maybe for my next build....

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I've never commented on this site before but i feel the need too, this...IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I may be stealing your build soon sir. Thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Please do!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

love it but can we see more pics of it, going to build this for one of my best frinds

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! See the build progress pics on the OP.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Bringing old school back, not bad.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I figured... lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

666 likes? I THINK NOT

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! Great idea to put it in an Nes

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, mate!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot now I have to go change my ginch

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

100% Gangster

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the vintage look!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This! +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build big ups mate

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Appreciate that.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! build man. Really creative!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! I might actually copy you on this!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

how have I not seen this before, this is incredible

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

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

Secondly: How loud is that power supply?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

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.
  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

How could you replace the NES with inferior hardware!?

JK. This is awesome <3

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

:) Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get your case?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the coolest thing in the history of things.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Amaaaazing!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

THAT IS SO WICKED AWESOME!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

COOLEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

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

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

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

This is too good for this world +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh come on this is just ridiculous! Well done!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

celeron 4gb ram stick psu 4th highest rated build on all of PCPP

All thanks to those awesome mods. You deserve every upvote

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow you even fit the power supply in there!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

A little sad an NES had to be sacrificed to make this, but it looks like it was worth it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The NES was non-functional, and the innards were resold for parts, so there's a chance that it may have been resurrected by someone :-).

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely stunning! But why not use low profile memory?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

whered u get the case

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Celeron is not really ment for gaming. A pentium would be better.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

When I looked at the inside pic my brain decided the SSD was a Nintendo DS.

  • 50 months ago
  • -2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PVV8cf this is my 300€ pc

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

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

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

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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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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 :)

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if you already completed your project, I'm just starting out so would you mind letting me know what u went with ? I think we can just use any of the mini-ITX motherboards for this project. I am looking at a "ASRock H110M-ITX LGA 1151 Intel H110 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard" and I'll probably buy it today. And a "Intel - Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor" keeping the power supply same. I chose a deual core pentium because my requirements aren't very high but you can put pretty powerful CPUs on that mobo.

I just want to run Lakka (http://www.lakka.tv/) on it to make it a complete retro gaming emulator. Very cool build by wilson735 though.

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