Description

Custom made Nintendo Entertainment System case with full Mini-ITX gaming build inside with Bluray drive, USB 3.0 ports, working NES/SNES controller ports, power button, reset button, and LED light.

I decided to do this build because I had seen a few people try their hand at this and their completed build left a lot to be desired. I wanted to go all out and build the ultimate Retro-ish HTPC that had all the features of a gaming PC and more in a tiny package!

This build took me the better part of a year to fabricate with fitting, trial and error, fine-tuning, and lots of frustration!

The first plan I laid out was to find a power supply small enough to fit and naturally I chose the 160W Pico PSU as it is durable and has an extremely tiny footprint. I then began planning around that by finding a powerful mini-ITX motherboard that would not interfere with the NES' internal functionality like the power/reset buttons, LED, and controller ports. The ASRock z270-ITX was the best choice for me due to it's position of it's internal ports as well as supporting the Noctua L9i CPU cooler for low clearance inside. I then began the crucial and toughest plan of this build, the Graphics Card! I had a lot of ideas floating around like maybe using a Mini GTX 1060 horizontally with a riser cable but with the 1060 I would run the risk of the PSU not being able to supply enough power (I may experiment with this in the future with a 400W HDPlex). After lots of scrapped plans and research I found the card I needed.

The Zotac 1050 TI Low Profile was an absolute perfect fit for this build. The top of the NES has only just 1mm clearance inside after some tweaking to the motherboard standoffs. With clearance and measurements laid out I was able to finally fit my design inside and begin the arduous and painstaking task of Dremeling this thing to pieces so it could all fit. 3 tubes of JB-Weld, a can of spraypaint for the misc pieces, another sacrificial NES, and 1 bottle of Buffing Compound later I had finally gotten this thing looking fairly finished.

Finally, with the end in sight I had to think of the best and most efficient way to cool this PC. I was throwing around ideas like adding blowers or small fans for the top vent but I wanted it to be as quiet as it could be and small fans/blowers weren't the answer so, with a little tweaking and some inspiration from other builds like this, I chose a 15x80mm intake fan at the side to allow as much airflow as possible. A few hole saw cuts and some mesh wire was the finishing touches that it needed to keep this thing both physically and visually cool!

The last step in my plans were to make the front buttons and controller ports FULLY functional and that I was able to do thanks to more JB-weld, some soldering, a couple of SNES controller ports, and a 4NES4SNES PCB I purchased so that the controllers could be managed via USB.

This was an exciting and educational project that I am very proud of and hope to maybe experiment with another one in the future!

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

good job man! looks great!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done with the custom build. Looks really nice, can really see the effort.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

You did this yourself? It looks professionally done! I honestly wish I could buy that

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

This build took me the better part of a year to fabricate with fitting, trial and error, fine-tuning, and lots of frustration!

And it paid off. It looks extremely well done and professional made. This better be featured because it's amazing and looks like a well made NES HTPC computer while maintaining its NES appearance.

I'm so glad there's no rough cut out holes like I seen many others who had tried it themselves. No ill say against anyone from the past as I can assume it's difficult along with trial and error to smooth everything out, but yours stands out from all the rest. And I'm also thrilled that you showed how beneficial a PicoPSU can be used like this because I used one too. So I offer my one and major support.

* drops her one on the floor then scrambles to place it back on this specific build post, still at awe of its NES beauty *

I loved my NES when I was 4 between 5 so thank you for showing how its done well by a HTPC.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the NESPC or Wintendo I've always wanted to build or see being built!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing, looks really sharp and well built! What's the Wattage on the Power Supply if you don't mind me asking?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the Wattage on the Power Supply if you don't mind me asking?

The PicoPSU is 160 wattage. Basing by the part list and appears to be from what I seen on the photo but of course these can be difficult to notice any distinctions between the 80w, 90w, 120w, 150w and 160w if haven't seen them before.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Correct, this is a 160w Pico PSU with a 198w Power Brick.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Very creative! I'm curious what the thermals are on this beauty?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU idles around 30c and when running Prime95 It gradually transitioned between 78c - 86c and reached into the 90's a few times which is understandable and EXTREMELY unrealistic compared to the temps I would reach in games. As for the GPU, at idle it sits about 28c and under stress with Furmark, again another unrealistic stress, It hits 72c and doesn't budge. The airflow is VERY good in this case thanks to the 80mm side-fan intake and wide vents on the opposite side for the GPU. As for the fan noise level, this thing is pretty darn quiet, even running Furmark it's practically inaudible from 10 feet away.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, I'm glad it came out so well for you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing is so clean looking.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

dude wanna do some pc gaming? Turns on nes pc bruh dat isn't a pc monitor turns on Wat

Nice build

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Super Clean

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Um...Check please!!!! HOT DAMN we got a FEATURE!!!! +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

this is awesome man

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that is fabulous.

Thumbs up and I hope this got the featured spot.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

well planned awesome micro pc

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