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Hello everyone. I need help trying to make a steam machine out of a Xbox 360 Slim. I want to surprise my brother with it and make him think he got a Xbox 360 (convert him into a PC gamer wink.gif ). So far I was thinking GTX 950 with either a i5 or i3 on a MSI mini ITX H81 with 8GB ram. i found a 400w power supply that seems like it would fit inside it but id prefer an external power supply (less heat). Does anyone have any ideas? He would want to play mostly first person shooters like COD or battlefield.
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You're pretty close to, if not past, the power limits of a 400w PSU. Can someone who knows about it math this up for us?

Also, what are your plans to mount the graphics card? I just don't think you're even going to be able to fit the motherboard and GPU in that case, let alone the PSU. You have a lot of work on your hands....
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I'm using a flexible pcie and correction PSU is 450w that's 5inx2.5inx4in. The Xbox has a width of 3 inches and the GPU is I believe 7inches long and 2 inches high. I know I might have to do some modding but before I buy the parts I just want to check if it's possible.
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Anything is possible if you're up to the challenge. Cramming all of that into an XBOX slim case is certainly going to be a challenge. You may even have to cut a hole in the side to get the video card to stack in there, even on it's side. I'd say the first thing you need to do is measure how tall the motherboard, standoffs, and video card will be, all stacked together. Then measure how much space you have from the PCB tray to the side wall of the XBOX slim. After looking at some pics of other XBOX slim mods, an external PSU is certainly a must.
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I'm going to remove the plastic from the gpu and cut hole for the fan then cover it with metal grill. I did the math and everything should fit with a 1/16 inch to spare but as for the PSU I am completely stumped.
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The only way is to mount it externally.

You would first want a fully modular PSU so you are only dealing with the cables you have to use.

Then you will need extension cables to run everything inside.
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g11/c413/s91/list/p1/Power_Supplies-PSU_Cables-PSU_Cables-Page1.html

Then you'll want some wire sleeves.
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Cable-Sleeves/zgbs/electronics/6577542011

It's gonna be weird with a PSU sitting on the ground outside the XBOX, but I suppose it it's going in an entertainment center and can be put out of sight...
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It's gonna be weird with a PSU sitting on the ground outside the XBOX, but I suppose it it's going in an entertainment center and can be put out of sight...

I think I would have safety concerns with an external mounted PSU. If this were my project, I would probably build a special little casing for it.
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I think I would have safety concerns with an external mounted PSU. If this were my project, I would probably build a special little casing for it.

Agreed. Perhaps even make some kind of platform that they both mount to. At the very least make sure there is a nice grommet that prevents the cables from hurting internal components should the PSU "fall" and "yank" on the cables.
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Intel 320 SSD Western Digital 2.5" 1Tb 7200rpm  LG External Blue-ray Combo Drive Noctual NH-L9a 92mm SS02 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Toshiba Regza 52" 1080p Logitech K400 Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D 
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A piece of plywood and some zip ties. Onboard Hauppauge WinTV HVR-2250 dual tuner card. 
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post #9 of 14
Why not look into a 1U server power supply? Just an idea.
post #10 of 14
1U is a possibility, and saves room in the case with the PSU, but since they tend to be non-modular you'd just need to put more effort in cable management.

Even the so-called modular 1U PSUs by SeaSonic have all their cables for the most important components shared among two large connectors on the PSU end. So they're only modular in the sense that you can unplug the cables when the PSU is not in use. Otherwise, both of those large connectors will always be used to power the CPU, motherboard and hard drives.
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