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Hi everybody,

I'm finally getting around to actually working on a project I've wanted to try for a long time, and that is to build a PC into an old SNES console. I've looked around the place and done all the relevant reading and such ( http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/forum/showthread.php?17450-SNES-PC-Build ), and I've even got to the point where I've purchased an old, non-working SNES for the case, but now it's time to pick hardware.

Now, while I don't have a dead-set limit on my budget, I do know that I'd like to complete this part as cheaply as possible so I can spend some money later on things like paint and sleeved controller cables, so I come to you with a question about my hardware requirements, because I've never been very good at this bit.

What I'm mainly looking for out of this box is to be able to emulate NES, SNES, and N64 games. It would also be nice to be able to emulate PSX, but if that's not possible at a reasonable price, I'll happily go without it. Obviously I'm going to be extremely limited in space, which makes cooling near on impossible, so what I've been looking at so far is a Thin Mini-ITX board from ECS ( http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Elitegroup-Computer-Systems-134767-Ecs-Motherboard-b75h2ti-1-0a-hdmi-lvds-/331128542514?pt=Motherboards&hash=item4d18cc9532 ) and an i3 3220T, with a Noctua Low Profile cooler, if there's space ( http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23&products_id=21828 ).

However, when adding all this up, I'm immediately getting bigger numbers than I was hoping for., so basically what I'm hear for is to ask people if they could possibly help me come up with a cheaper way of putting together a machine that will do what I'm after.


Sorry this is such a huge post. smile.gif




Thanks,



Scott
Edited by Scott1710 - 4/7/14 at 6:56pm
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Hmmm, crazy thought. What if you bought something like a gigabyte brix and swapped the case?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008345%2050001314&IsNodeId=1&name=GIGABYTE

Assuming that'd work(not 100%).

If it did work though, that would reduce size concerns, not sure about cooling though...

Just throwing it out there.

*edit*

Either the or the i3-4010 or the i5-4200 would be a nice upgrade on the GPU side, but I don't believe the i3-4010 has turbo capacity, so that'd be a downgrade on the CPU side, which might be fine for this.

*edit2*

Yeah, I'm pretty sure either of those would be way more then fine based on what I'm reading. Using the Higan emulator kind of messes with my base-line system requirements.
Edited by Alanim - 4/8/14 at 6:31am
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I meant to ask last night but I was busy trying to read up more on the different cpu architectures for my own build.

I guess you're talking about playing roms, or are you somehow planning on connecting the cartridge slots for the Nintendo devices?

     
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Hey guys, thanks for your replies. Sorry I didn't get back sooner... busy weekend.

Anyway, I had thought about an NUC or a Brix or something like that, but I felt that using a pre-built compact system kind of goes against the spirit of the project. I also wouldn't have the same sense of accomplishment.

Yes, I am planning on playing roms with emulators, rather than somehow trying to interface the cartridge slot. While that would be really cool, it's well beyond my skill set.


All this in mind, I am now looking at the i3-4130T, as that wasn't actually as expensive as I thought it might have been. Here are the parts I'm now considering:


http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Intel-Core-i3-4130T-Dual-Core-2-9GHz-HD-4400-3MB-Cache-35W-TDP-CPU-Processor-/181353941965?pt=UK_Computing_CPUs_Processors&hash=item2a39898bcd
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ECS-H81H3-TI2-Intel-H81-Chipset-LGA1150-Thin-Mini-ITX-Motherboard-/351021095423?pt=Motherboards&hash=item51ba7cd9ff

However, I will wait until my SNES case arrives so that I can measure and see if a standard mini-itx board will fit, as that will be a whole heap cheaper than buying a slim one.
Edited by Scott1710 - 4/13/14 at 8:08pm
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