By Madison Davis
This is my attempt at using an old skool NES as the case for a modern computer.
|Everything you need... Sort of.|
CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor 100.00
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard 90.00
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory 60.00
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk 80.00
Power Supply: Athena Power 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Mini ITX Power Supply 80.00 (not pictured. I purchased this micro ATX power supply but it was just too big to fit in my build. I returned it and ordered a smaller power supply).
I also purchased a few parts here and there as I needed them, such as a 40mm fan, fan grill, power/reset buttons, power and hdd LED.
Parts already in my posession:
I became close friends with my Dremel. Had to gut the Nes to make room for its new parts!
Because of the large amount of parts I was shoving in this case, I decided to place the hard drives under the motherboard. The hard drives pictured are just a few small capacity I had laying around to use as a mock up instead of risking damage to my SSD. I separated the hard drives from the motherboard with crafting foam to avoid any shorting out.
|Using the NES buttons with shiny new switches|
Dremeled out the area for the back plate. Fits like a glove!
|So I cut down the power supply wires and soldered it all back together. First time soldering anything, I am very proud of myself!|
I cut a vent in the top of the case right above the CPU fan, I was heavily concerned about heat and airflow.
It runs cool enough now with lid closed. I added the HDD activity light under the lid as well as the case badges proudly showing my quad core AMD and SSD. I ended up breaking the original red LED so I used a yellow one that I had laying around for the power. light. I added a 40mm fan where the controller ports used to be.
A screenshot of some of her specs, she runs fast and stays cool! I have her hooked up to the TV in my living room, when people see her they are at first surprised I have an NES hooked up and then they realize she is not a run-of-the-mill NES.
This was my first time attempting anything even remotely like this. I've seen some of the NES computers online, but never anything as powerful as a quad core. Making space was definitely a challenge and it took me about 6-8 hours of labor to get everything cut and fitted. I'm sure I could have done it faster but I really had no idea what I was doing.