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post #1 of 96
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Okay, so basically I'm aiming to convert my old disused xbox into a computer. I plan to reuse old computer parts and spend as little money as possible.

Here are the components I've dug out so far:

ASROCk N61P-S
AMD Athlon X2 5000+
Cooler Master AMD Phenom II Stock Cooler (should be sufficient on a dual core Athlon)
Dell Slim Power Supply
80 GB Seagate SATA Drive (For meantime)
1GB (512x2) Samsung RAM (For the meantime only, i know I've got a couple gigabyte sticks somewhere)

Progress speed will vary, as I am fitting this build in and around studying for college.
Edited by wthenshaw - 12/30/12 at 5:35am
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post #2 of 96
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[UPDATE] First Photos











Hired the delta fan for cleaning a bit of dust




Power supply also a bit dusty


USB ports fitted into old controller ports








im thinking this layout so far




Plenty of breathing room




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Also forgot to mention, not going to be fitting a disk drive in this because i do not use CD's very often and there's minimal room
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i have a question:
how will you be supporting the HDD?
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i have a question:
how will you be supporting the HDD?
i will be making a bracket then securing to the lid of the xbox, i couldn't get hold of a 2.5 drive so stuck with a 3.5
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No SSD frown.gif

Nice build so far. If it was me I would use a flex PCI-E raiser and toss in a dedicated GPU and use a SSD + 2.5" HD to save space. Though your probably not looking to spend much on this project, but good ideas non the less. Other then that looking good.
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post #7 of 96
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No SSD frown.gif
Nice build so far. If it was me I would use a flex PCI-E raiser and toss in a dedicated GPU and use a SSD + 2.5" HD to save space. Though your probably not looking to spend much on this project, but good ideas non the less. Other then that looking good.

yeah i wanted an ssd in there, but all my money has gone into buying peoples christmas gifts. also i'm pretty happy with the onboard video as i think this has 256mb shared, that will be sufficient, as i wont be playing games or watching films...
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post #8 of 96
Quote:
Originally Posted by wthenshaw View Post

i will be making a bracket then securing to the lid of the xbox, i couldn't get hold of a 2.5 drive so stuck with a 3.5
that is what i would do biggrin.gif
looks good, subbed
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that is what i would do biggrin.gif
looks good, subbed
thanks, will update later, off to have some fun with the dremel
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post #10 of 96
the original xbox controllers also used USB so you should be able to wire up ports 3+4 so they can still be used with the original controllers. Also with some soldering you should be able to use the stock power button and eject (use as restart?) and the lights for them. Though you could always just use the wireless 360 controller with the wireless PC adapter.

Haven't seen too many original xbox to PC conversions so this should be good to see the way you go about it.

Also on the software side if this is going to used as a HTPC, you could always install XBMC and even use a 360 theme if you wanted. XBMC should work perfectly fine with a gamepad and would help fit the theme. I use a Logitech K400, Logitech Harmony 650, and Xbox 360 controller for my HTPC, they offer a vary good experience.
Edited by DzillaXx - 12/10/12 at 4:11am
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