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This build was driven by the motivation to keep my wife off of my machine and to give her something that she could play games on. Old games that is. I had a Raspberry Pi B+ laying around, collecting dust just like everyone else's, that I had lost interest in. I also had all of the other hardware to make it work. So I googled raspberry Pi game emulator and found the retropie project . The rest was history. She was playing Sonic on a Sega Genesis Emulator in no time... Actually in a few days because I had to wait for the controller that I ordered from Amazon to arrive. Anyways, the mission was accomplished and now I can play Rocket League on Tu Mama in peace.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 40 points

I have more hours than I care to discuss playing Sonic on a Sega Genesis...

Nice build. Enjoy the feature ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

YES!!!

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This is a good start to the year

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  • 40 months ago
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Probably my typo...

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  • 40 months ago
  • 9 points

This is priceless! Good job getting the wife off your rig, but still interested in games :P

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It all started with the simple question to her, "What games do you like to play?"

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

But the performance enhancing usb2 tho

  • 40 months ago
  • 7 points

Can it run Crysis?

  • 40 months ago
  • 21 points

Only if I moonwalk with it on carpet wearing a wool bodysuit.

  • 40 months ago
  • 7 points

Can you please post a picture afterwards... lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

I just love how people upvote this way more then anyones real build. But I also have a pi I need to use.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

My goal is to be featured

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That would be amazing, and compared to the amount of votes other people builds have I think you have a chance.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Noice. Real Noice.

Seriously this is really really cool. That's all I have to say lol. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Not much else can be said other then HONG KONG 97 MUST BE ON HIS PI lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Best thing I've seen in here for some time sir, plus one all say long :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 7 points

I got tired of looking at the 980ti / watercooling posts over and over again, and wanted to show something that could be done for under $100

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Now, to take my Compaq Evo n1020v...

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

IKR, I've been waiting for someone to post something along these lines up here.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

My 5960X stands no chance =\

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Neither does my friend's and his dual Titan X Hybrids... =P

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

The pi can really emulate n64?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Raspberry Pi 2

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is exactly what I did with my pi when I realized it was not as fun as I thought it would be, now I just have to figure out what to do with the other 2 I bought...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I initially was gonna try the video surveillance build, then did the XBMC, then I neglected it and threw it in a box for a couple of months and now it's here.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is it, this is the one. I wanted one that could run 2 seperate Windows 10, and I've wanted to host a server, do some 3D 5K rendering while multitasking with browsing and doing heavy CAD and code. Thanks man!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Just remember to overclock it, and you should be good.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Altex mousepad! Ohhh yeah

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you set it up just like a raspberry pi, but instead put the RetroPie software on the sd card? Also will this work with the original raspberry pi

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

ok thanks

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Also I read a little bit and i might have skipped over it, but can I use two controllers for two player games with friends?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes sir. My next purchase will be 2 wireless ps3/xbox controllers, whichever is cheaper. Here is some more info on that

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That is Juan mighty fine looking pi. Can I put some whip cream on it for added sweetness?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job! Very resourceful!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish my gf was interested in any kind of good games... freaking "mobile gaming" cancer

Anyway, really nice job. Makes me want to have a Rasperry Pi

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice. What Linux distro do you run on it?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Raspbian

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Best of the best! Try out JohnOS just for lolz. I'll put a link in when I get it (it's my friend's cheesy OS he made w/ Scratch).

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

gr8 build. nice use of these parts

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is crazy to see a computer under $!00 become the featured build! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

My ap stats teacher built something very similar

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful. What OS?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Raspbian

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. I've got a Pi myself. Spelled "raspbian"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is the link to make your own if you're interested

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome. Make me one!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's around $100 for all of the parts, but if you have some, then the price will be knocked down Check this out

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

texasmayne@gmail.com if you're serious

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will look into this.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice nice. We have a Raspberry Pi 2 on our living room as a micro HTPC with Kodi and Retropie. Showed my son the games his dad played when I was his age and younger.

+1 :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice nice. We have a Raspberry Pi 2 on our living room as a micro HTPC with Kodi and Retropie. Showed my son the games his dad played when I was his age and younger.

+1 :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

How is this 1st Gen Nintendo? It's not Even NES controller, Its N64 OS and games. And your playing sonic... a sega game?????

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've took more pics, but check it out here

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers might build one myself as i've got the raspberry Pi 2 :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be building another using the RPi2 next month for a fellow gamer

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same Controller, I got mine in Japan

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Now i just need to find a wireless version

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

"...to keep my wife off of my machine..." LOL We are all in the same boat :-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

that's pretty sweet dude. +1

i want to get rocket league lol. it looks fun.

but back to your Pi project. this is great! i want to get a Raspberry Pi to do some stuff with but I'm just not sure what would be the best thing lol

and i have more hours in sonic games than i probably do in all other games combined, including Pokemon. i clocked 1000 hours in HeartGold lol. literally had an army.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The great thing about the Pi is its endless possibilities, plenty of forums out there I use ADAFRUIT and This as my typical jumping off points for projects. Also Maybe check out the pi zero as it's only $5

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw Samsung EVO and was like "wtf this had an ssd and my desktop doesnt" ?!?!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet! A raspberry pi! I was playing Supertux on mine just yesterday

  • 40 months ago
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Gave me a reason to get a Pi again. I had one and let it sit and eventually lost it. After I found out that I couldn't watch Netflix on it and then came across another system that I could re-purpose to run Kali I gave up on it. This will change that. The wife loves SNES games and roms are "cheap" (lol).

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cheap. My next purchase will be a wireless xbox controller with the wireless receiver.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That poor Patriot memory stick! It's obviously taken some abuse, but if it's still working that's a testament to it's toughness.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It's slow, dirty and old, but it still works!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, I did this same project 3 weeks ago! Only difference was I used a pi2 I received from a Secret Santa. The wife loves it and plays it constantly. iBuffalo FTW! Congrats on the feature +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I just have to invest in a wireless controller now

  • 40 months ago
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  • 40 months ago
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This one looks pretty cool and uses Bluetooth, but has some mixed reviews.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I am about to set up another 1st gen rig for a co worker. They were stoked to find out that I could build one.

  • 40 months ago
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I reccomend getting a case for that Pi. It makes it look more sleek and protects it from dust or anything else that might short it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I had one, but it was crushed in my bag on my way back from work. Now all I have is the bottom of the case that the pi was mounted to. I will definitely get a more sturdy case for my next emulation station, which will include a RPi 2.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

But the question is, can it run Minesweeper at 3x4 resolution at above 3 FPS?

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Coolio!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

John, is that you? My buddy did this as well, but he put on a better game: Hong Kong 97. gasps in the crowd

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

usually I don't like it when someone uses custom parts or prices. (I'm gonna do the same for my build though so I am a hypocrite) but I love this its just a cool idea and I like it a lot.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Why..?, Make nice rig and let your wife to play games like Unravel,

  • 40 months ago
  • 9 points

She got the nice car, so I got the nice rig

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice reasoning.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

can we see what it looks like with the PiGlow?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll post additional pics soon

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

So did you use the Pi 2 B
Or the Model B+?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

b+. I had it sitting around and wanted to do something with it for the longest time. I will be making rigs in the future with Pi 2.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

ah i see, Wanted to make one myself and wasn't sure what you had used, probably the 2 since its specs are slightly higher iirc.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I just built a RPi2 for a client. The build totaled $130 to include labor and went well. I put every NES game, 25 SNES games, and the Sonic series on Sega with a Patriot 32GB MicroSD Card. I did have an issue overclocking it to try and test the N64 games though. After I changed the Overclock settings to Turbo, it would get stuck during the boot up process. So I simply had to format the SD Card and reload the retropi image(5 minutes). I would definitely go with the RPi2. For $3 more, you get a quad core proc and twice as much ram, vs the Pi B+. But the Pi B+ gets the job done as well. No lag in any 1st Gen console game.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I am tempted to do the same, nice build!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It can show the usage of the CPU and illuminate to different patterns. I have yet to set it up on this build though.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I would if you wanted to break into coding, like i did. I had no experience in coding and had never done it before. It was initially very exciting to see that you can totally control something with a couple of words and symbols.

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  • 40 months ago
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PiGlow Adafruit is a great resource for Pi stuff

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  • 40 months ago
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I will work my way there

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  • 40 months ago
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The 4GB Patriot Thumb Drive from Iraq in 2009.

  • 40 months ago
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LOL XD

  • 40 months ago
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That fell apart and is held together with clear tape

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm not even sure if that tape is doing any good...looks like its held together with the collective will of the universe. 'XD

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  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

There are plenty of sites dedicated to the Pi, I've been on a lot of them, so if you have anything in particular you were looking for pm me and I may be able to point you in the right direction.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out the list of Raspberry Pi Projects

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

1.) The power supply is actually a 5V 2A Micro USB Power Supply 2.) the PiGlow is an additional piece of hardware with LEDs that can be used to help you with your coding skills 3.) The Syncmaster is my samsung monitor that has been with me since 2009, along with my usb stick. 4.) get started with your own emulation station here

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You can actually program it to do whatever you want to, some examples here . I had it reacting to the CPU load when I first got it. I need to reprogram it though

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  • 40 months ago
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There is a nifty project you can do with the PiGlow LED array where it indicates when the ISS is overhead. Helped my niece with that one before she went to space camp so she could impress some folks.

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  • 40 months ago
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the raspberry Pi 2 will be my next build and I'm hoping that it will be able to handle N64 and PS1 games with it quad core proc.

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  • 40 months ago
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i'm gonna give it my best shot

  • 40 months ago
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I was actually able to overclock mine without a fan, and it ran fine.

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  • 40 months ago
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90? I didn't even think Pi's could get that high.

  • 40 months ago
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They sell solid copper heat sinks for the Pi as well. Here

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  • 40 months ago
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I really appreciate it and I'm glad that you put it on your list. I just visited the link to the Notable & Unique Builds for the first time, what a great place

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be honored.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Now there's a site mod! An inbuilt notepad of your 'liked builds' lists that you can rearrange at will, a yearly top 10 builds vote - captioned:
"VOTE NOW ON BEST BUILDS OF THE YEAR - PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES!!" or something.

I'd buy it. (this build would be on my list +1)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Wewum