FIRST ROUGH SETUP
The NES-PC is nothing more than a NES converted into a PC. It was a time consuming but fun to do project.
So far I only managed to upload one video see this link I have more footage, but just no time to edit. Below my explanation in text so I could at least give away a bit more info.
Years ago I stumbled onto an old tv show where they converteda NES into a NES-PC but it had a different name. That was the moment I startedto look into micro ATX mainboards to build one myself. It took me in total a year to figure out which parts I needed, order them, meassure everything, constructing and finally closing the top lid and have a "finished" product.
Where to start
Start with a broken NES or at least make sure the original NES hardware is sold/given to someone that can use/fix it. Second thing you need to do is make a plan. If you just start you might end up with some half assed results, so take these tips into consideration.
Things to consider putting in your plan or at least to think about before you start.
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- On which parts of the case are you willing to make holes/cuts? ** Consider heath flow, and all connections you might need to use
- Convert or replace the controller ports to USB?
- DVD player internal or external (if needed at all)?
- Where to buy all parts?
- How to construct all parts? ** Soldering/glueing/taping/cable management
- Did I measure correctly?
- Are thereany moving parts I needto o sider?
- Can you try out the system before putting it together?
- Keyboard and mouse needed when closed?
- Emulation only or multimedia rig?
After seeying some of the ugly cut-outs I saw in other videos, I knew I wantedto copy WesM. His build looked awesome. So I had one golden rule. Keep everything as original as possible.
Meassure up front as much as possible, but I really recommend buying the mainboard first before all else. And take your time in researching which mainboard to take. Consider heatflow, consider sticking out parts, connections, etc. After you receivedthe board check if everything will work out as you think it will. In my videoyou can see I did some preparation but some things just didnt work out. Now buy all other needed parts, you should have a clear view what you want to build now and what is and is not possible I used Conrad.nl for most of my parts, or use our Chinese friend AliExpress.
Power and reset button
easy to convert
Cutting the shell
Now comes a tricky part which I did in many small phases, cutting the shell. Keep as many as possible parts to screw back the top plate in the end. Only remove what is really needed to be removed. dont over rush this step either. Makingthe cuts as nice ansd clean as possible from the start pays off in the end result. rather adding another day of finetuning the cuts then to have an ugly end result.
convert to usb or replace with usb
List of all tools I used
- Screwdriver x
- Soldering iron
- Glue gun
- electricity tape
- cutters en tangen
List of materials used
- Brokenor NES or donor shell
- micro ITX mainboard
- schroefdraad en bouten
- electrical tape
- wires or custom make them
- usb/hdmi connectors
- nes to usb controlller converter board *