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I'm looking at this because I am also trying to make a water cooled NES and now I know how difficult it can be. I looked at nearly all of your components when doing my search, but I knew they wouldn't fit so I've had to cut a few corners. I hope this build eventually gets finished! Good luck
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Next Project should be an N64. subbed! thumb.gif
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I'm looking at this because I am also trying to make a water cooled NES and now I know how difficult it can be. I looked at nearly all of your components when doing my search, but I knew they wouldn't fit so I've had to cut a few corners. I hope this build eventually gets finished! Good luck
It's funny you've bumped the thread - last week I saw the parts still sitting on a shelf and I thought about reviving it. One thing that would save a decent amount of space (and keep down some of the heat generation) is if I can find a mini-ITX board that has an mSATA port built into it so I can use an mSATA SSD for the primary drive. My media is all stored on my server anyway, so a 256gb (or larger) mSATA SSD like what I have in my laptop would really be all that I would need. With some of the chips out now, I might even get away with not having to do any water-cooling if I can find a low enough watt CPU. The two biggest concerns I have right now are 1) GPU that will play games on decent settings and work for a while to come and 2) a PSU that's small and efficient (a power brick would even work if I could find one with a high enough wattage rating).

If you have any thoughts in your brainstorming about it or in your research please let me know smile.gif Good luck with your build, too!
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Next Project should be an N64. subbed! thumb.gif
If it wasn't for wanting the gaming aspect, I think that could be doable (maybe a basic HTPC?).
    
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Dude I'd love to see this revived! There's quite a few great z77 ITX boards now which I believe have MSATA. And I bet with fast enough ram the Intel iGPU on those boards could handle some basic gaming.

Would be awesome to make the cartridge drive into a hot-swap bay and ditch the optical drive for that old-school feeling (blowing into the connectors optional). mario.gif
 
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How about do this to a sega saturn?

You would be famous.
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Dude I'd love to see this revived! There's quite a few great z77 ITX boards now which I believe have MSATA. And I bet with fast enough ram the Intel iGPU on those boards could handle some basic gaming.
Would be awesome to make the cartridge drive into a hot-swap bay and ditch the optical drive for that old-school feeling (blowing into the connectors optional). mario.gif
A z77 board might be a great idea. I'd have to do some research, but do you think I could use the mSATA port used for wifi cards on some of the boards for a SSD, or does it run on a different protocol (the right word is slipping my mind right now)?

I've thought about ditching the optical drive altogether right now - everything can be installed without one now, so it would free up some needed space if I didn't include one. Rather than a hotswap bay, I wonder if I could find (or make) a reservoir that would fit in that area instead, and everything would be completely inside the case then.
    
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staple of every water cooled mitx build: http://www.swiftech.com/mcresmicrorev2reservoir.aspx

I bet you could run it laid down on its side and it would fit.
 
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How about do this to a sega saturn?
You would be famous.
Unfortunately I don't have a Saturn to try it right now, but may be something to consider down the road. Especially if I could figure a way to make the disk drive work like the console originally did.
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staple of every water cooled mitx build: http://www.swiftech.com/mcresmicrorev2reservoir.aspx
I bet you could run it laid down on its side and it would fit.
I've got one of those already! I'll have to do some looking into fitting in the case - last time I measured I was going to have to put it on the outside, but if I can use an mSATA drive and no optical drive it may work.
    
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post #29 of 48
The new Zotac z77 is an awesome board that I'm using in my build, it has both a m-pcie slot for wireless and a msata slot (I'm putting a small 80gb card in it) you should definitely take a look at it
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The new Zotac z77 is an awesome board that I'm using in my build, it has both a m-pcie slot for wireless and a msata slot (I'm putting a small 80gb card in it) you should definitely take a look at it
Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't seen that board yet (but I was mainly checking Newegg to see what they had in stock). I think at this point I have it narrowed down to 3 choices that will fit my needs, but have to figure out which one would work best for me, which is the best bang-for-the-buck (I don't mind spending more if it's worth it), and which one is rated the highest.

I'm back to looking at processors again. I'm tempted to go with a 'T' series Ivy Bridge i5 or (more likely) i7, but they're much more expensive everywhere I have found. I just think the 35-45w TDP as opposed to 65-77w TDP would help tremendously for heat production in such a small case. Since this is my first water cooled build I could be completely wrong; can someone with more knowledge on this subject let me know if I'm right or just tell me how stupid I am for thinking that?

On a side note, Slugpuppy, I've taken a look at your build. It looks like you're coming along a lot more quickly than I am/will be! I can't wait to see how yours goes so I can get some better ideas on what to do (or what not to do) when I'm putting mine together smile.gif It has prompted me to start looking into this even more since someone else is doing the same type of build thumb.gif
    
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