Many people seemed to enjoy my latest retro custom gaming rig, so I figured I'd post one of my throwback creations, a NES PC. I know. Totally original.
I'd seen so many people try to build a PC into a NES case before, but usually they looked poorly executed. My goal was to build a NES PC that appeared convincing enough that someone walking in seeing me playing a NES game wouldn't suspect it wasn't actually an original console. That included making the front LED and power/reset buttons function and keeping the case externally unmodified as much as possible.
The motherboard chosen was an Asus E35M1-I Deluxe Mini ITX Motherboard due to it's large, low profile fanless heatsink and abundance of built in extras. Power comes from an external style PicoPSU-150-XT and 150w adapter. Cooling is somehow accomplished by twin Evercool 40mm fans exhausting out of the top right grill on the case. The cartridge bay is fitted with a Panasonic Blu-Ray slot loading drive. I didn't like the aesthetic image of a disc tray jutting out from the NES' cartridge slot, and considered a slot loader more parallel to inserting a cart.
Both the front NES ports work with any standard NES pad or NES Max controller, but the NES gun can go to hell, I couldn't figure out how to make the thing work correctly even on a CRT TV.