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Building a PC for emulation inside an NES

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I wanted to build a pc, mainly for running emulators with usb controllers, inside an NES. I have a broken NES with an intact case somewhere that I am going to use. What I want from you fine people are good part recommendations. I need an itx motherboard, preferably with an lga 775 slot, with good I/O and cooling. I also need some good cpu coolers that can fit in a small space and cool well. The case is made of plastic after all. I have an 80mm fan to mount somewhere as an exhaust. I also need a good half height video card, or a way to mount a gtx 650ti in the case.
post #2 of 16
Why not use a raspberry pi with raspbian and retro arch? Way cheap and fully capable of what you want to do
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I was thinking of using my raspberry pi, but I was going to use a hard drive I already had with windows vista installed to save money. I also wanted to use the pc as a sort of media center or light gaming pc for casual or sidescrolling games from the couch. The pi doesn't really work for me here, but thanks for the reply.
post #4 of 16
I have seen a few of these on ebay...in all honesty this is the kind of thing you build with spare parts you have laying around rather then investing fresh green into it...if you really want an emu machine you should look into a mini cabinet or an original xbox... the nintendo thing is cool i guess but dont plan on running dolphin or pcsx2 with the hardware you would need to fit the small space...
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post #5 of 16
use an AMD all in one motherboard. on newegg a asrock AMD 240 APU minit itx board is about $40. OCUK a gigabyte GA-E350N AMD Hudson is £59.99. if emulating all your going to do then APU are the way to do!
post #6 of 16
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I was thinking of using my raspberry pi, but I was going to use a hard drive I already had with windows vista installed to save money. I also wanted to use the pc as a sort of media center or light gaming pc for casual or sidescrolling games from the couch. The pi doesn't really work for me here, but thanks for the reply.

So why not build in a Micro atx htpc case? you will get a lot more flexibility out of that. maybe an I3 and gtx 430?
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post #7 of 16
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I forgot about the APUs. Yeah, I think that's a good way to go.
post #8 of 16
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So why not build in a Micro atx htpc case? you will get a lot more flexibility out of that. maybe an I3 and gtx 430?
I want it to look like an NES is the basis of this build.
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I have seen a few of these on ebay...in all honesty this is the kind of thing you build with spare parts you have laying around rather then investing fresh green into it...if you really want an emu machine you should look into a mini cabinet or an original xbox... the nintendo thing is cool i guess but dont plan on running dolphin or pcsx2 with the hardware you would need to fit the small space...
Well, I have a core 2 duo lying around, as well as a 250gb hard drive with windows vista on it. I also have a bunch of ddr2 and ddr3 ram. I want it to be in a NES case just because I am stubborn and that's how I envisioned it I guess.
post #9 of 16
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I want it to look like an NES is the basis of this build.
Well, I have a core 2 duo lying around, as well as a 250gb hard drive with windows vista on it. I also have a bunch of ddr2 and ddr3 ram. I want it to be in a NES case just because I am stubborn and that's how I envisioned it I guess.

You are going to have to reinstall windows you know.
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post #10 of 16
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I thought I only have to reinstall if I want to get rid of the "Not Genuine Windows" watermark in the bottom right of the wallpaper.
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