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Well, I started this build a few weeks ago going for the smallest form factor that I could bear, but it wasn't powerful enough. So, I have decided to redo pretty much everything, with the exception of the motherboard and CPU cooler.

This build will be for emulating all of my old consoles and handheld systems. It's not fun having to hook up or unhook systems / find old consoles and cartridges to play the games I love. And with Emulation Station, I will make my dreams come true by having all of my favorite games in one place!

Also, I will use this build to fold during Foldathons.

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Case: EVGA Hadron Air
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+
CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K
Cooler: Thermalright AXP-100 Muscle
RAM: 4GB PNY XLR8 DDR3 1600MHz
GPU: EVGA GTX 960 SuperSC
SSD: 60GB Corsair Force LS SSD
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Black HDD
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

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I have almost completed this build. Just waiting for new fans to replace the stock ones. EmulationStation has been properly configured and is running quite nicely. I meant for this to be an even smaller build, but the AMD APU couldn't handle GameCube or PlayStation 2 games at a higher resolution with better textures. Buying the GTX 960 was a great middle-ground for performance/price, as well as being able to use it for folding once a month for the Foldathons.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 is installed on the internal SSD to run EmulationStation. And I installed Linux Mint 17.1 on a 16GB flash drive and I am getting about 170k PPD. I should be able to get some pictures up of the final build this weekend.

Overall, I am very pleased with this build, but I would have loved it if EVGA had used screws instead of rivets for the drive bays. The stock fans were definitely on the loud side so I purchased two BitFenix Spectre fans to replace them--hopefully that makes a difference.
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Well, the build is complete and the final pictures are up!

I ended up replacing the stock fans with 2x120mm BitFenix Spectre fans and the noise decreased drastically. Everything is running smoothly, from NES to Nintendo Wii games. If a console has a stable emulator, you can believe I'm running it!. I am very pleased with the results and I have to say this is by far my favorite build. My only wish would be for EVGA to release a case just like this, but with easily removable drive cages and better stock fans. But in the end this was a fun build and I look forward to what EVGA has in store for the community.

Now, on to the next build! thumb.gif
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Wow man looks great. congrats thumb.gif
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Thank you. biggrin.gif
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How are the temps?

Well, on the CPU I can't get a proper reading because every program has a different reading--faulty sensor I suppose. The GPU is around 70c under full load, but I'm not too concerned since the GameCube and PS2 push the hardest and won't push that hard.
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Well, on the CPU I can't get a proper reading because every program has a different reading--faulty sensor I suppose. The GPU is around 70c under full load, but I'm not too concerned since the GameCube and PS2 push the hardest and won't push that hard.

Nice build, but I heard a lot of reports of problems with the A88X ITX's precariously designed VRMs. Are you overclocking yet?
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