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Finished this build last month after months of planning, waiting for parts, and having life get in the way. =)

My cousin found a broken Super Famicom for cheap so I gutted it and stuck a PC in it. The chassis is small and even after using a dremel to remove most of the internal plastic it’s still an incredibly tight fit.

Rather than cutting a massive hole in the back for an I/O shield I decided to keep things clean and use the device’s original output ports to place a power button/power adapter jack/HDMI. I’m using a cheap USB hub to route two ports to the front, hot glued to the original controller port slot. There’s a 64GB SSD hidden under the motherboard, and a 64GB flash drive for additional storage stuck into one of the USB ports. Power supply is a pico PSU with external power brick.

It’s got an i3-6100 and 16GB DDR4, and I’ll have to see how things go in terms of heat. Might have to remove the cartridge slot door at the top and replace it with mesh.

As far as I know it’s pretty rare to make computers out of this console, so extra hipster points for me.



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Great work man!

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Damn. Been thinking of making an emulator box. That would fit the bill nicely. biggrin.gif
     
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Thanks for the kind words!

It's actually way better as a portable workstation. With 16GB of DDR4 it's pretty solid for photoshop/design work. I use it as a backup work rig when I need to travel.

The two USB ports is kind of a pain though...
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Thanks for the kind words!

It's actually way better as a portable workstation. With 16GB of DDR4 it's pretty solid for photoshop/design work. I use it as a backup work rig when I need to travel.

The two USB ports is kind of a pain though...

Yea that would be total overkill for an emulation system. Just with the SNES case and all. But yea, i3, 16gb. Will be a nice portable workstation.

Cool build. thumb.gif

*After seeing this sucker I had to pick up a Raspberry pi 3 and a dremel to get that emulation system I want built.
     
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You could probably hook a wireless USB adapter for your mouse/keyboard up inside of the case without problems. That way you'd have your two front USB ports for other things. That's if I'm correct and you do have 2 free usb connections between the Ethernet and audio.
     
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You could probably hook a wireless USB adapter for your mouse/keyboard up inside of the case without problems. That way you'd have your two front USB ports for other things. That's if I'm correct and you do have 2 free usb connections between the Ethernet and audio.

Haha yeah that's actually what I've done! I've got a logitech unifying receiver in there. I was worried the chassis might block the signal (like it did for my USB wifi dongle), but it actually seems to work well. I still need the wifi dongle on one of the outside ports to get any sort of good speeds, but that still leaves me one free port in the front. =)
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Well if you need more ports you can always just pick up a USB hub. Might not look pretty, but, would get the job done.


Something like this maybe,

https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-4-Port-Rotatable-Degree-HB-UMN4/dp/B00LRYUJQS/ref=pd_sim_147_52?ie=UTF8&dpID=51FiNeIRxLL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=EZQDRN1V7MA0QPVD13AV

Comes in both 2.0 and 3.0.

Possible that it would block one of the USB ports only giving you a single extra port though.

     
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I might end up doing that in the future. Luckily this isn't a gaming rig so I don't have to worry about power requirements from devices being plugged in.

For now I'll just stick to this clean look I've got going on. =D
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I might end up doing that in the future. Luckily this isn't a gaming rig so I don't have to worry about power requirements from devices being plugged in.

For now I'll just stick to this clean look I've got going on. =D

Yea I'd only add something like that if you really needed the extra ports. Otherwise I'd just keep a normal USB hub packed away that you can pull out as needed.

Anyway would love to hear how it holds up. Especially interested about what kind of temps you end up with. Also think replacing the cartridge by cover with a mesh would be a great idea if temps are out of control.
     
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