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This NES HTPC Mod is Awesome

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A Finnish enthusiast going only by Ana-5000 recently decided to try his hand at modding and figured a NES HTPC would be the perfect project for a person with a limited amount of workspace and few tools.

He picked up a broken NES at a thrift store, gutted it and filled it with an an Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe motherboard with an Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor, 4GB or RAM and an NVIDIA Ion GPU. The machine also boasts a 120GB hard drive, support for HDMI and VGA, six USB ports, optical and RCA audio connections, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Gigabit ethernet, and Bluetooth. A 50mm fan takes care of cooling and the white paint job is sprayed on with spray-paint.


Oh and for the die-hard NES fans: Ana bought a pair of RetroPort adapters from Retrozone so that he could still connect the controllers to their ports. He can still play NES games through an emulator using the original pad as a mouse along with the appropriate driver software and a fold-away bluetooth keyboard.

Check out Ana-5000’s blog for the full mod process!

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    dco , March 3, 2011 6:16 AM
    pimp
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    joytech22 , March 3, 2011 6:21 AM
    He chose a Atom system over AMD's APU?

    Still a neat mod, gives me some ideas on what I should mod my original xbox into, perhaps I'll pull out it's motherboard and turn it into a fully-featured PC!

    Make the power button/led the Xbox's originals.
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    hardcore_gamer , March 3, 2011 6:23 AM
    I've seen better retro mods
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    t2couger , March 3, 2011 6:29 AM
    that is cool as crap
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    dorin_nicolaescu , March 3, 2011 7:01 AM
    > He chose a Atom system over AMD's APU?

    Maybe he chose DC on board over an ATX power suply...
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    HansVonOhain , March 3, 2011 11:22 AM
    joytech22He chose a Atom system over AMD's APU?Still a neat mod, gives me some ideas on what I should mod my original xbox into, perhaps I'll pull out it's motherboard and turn it into a fully-featured PC!Make the power button/led the Xbox's originals.


    That is because this mod was done about a year ago.
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    christop , March 3, 2011 1:09 PM
    Very cool mod.
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    megamanx00 , March 3, 2011 1:53 PM
    Should have used fusion instead :p 
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    captaincharisma , March 3, 2011 3:11 PM
    i am pretty sure they had a story like this more than a year ago too. just sayin
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    zerocoolx , March 3, 2011 4:17 PM
    Mods involving the NES are over-rated. I'm sick to my stomach with what happened to geek-dom over the past 5 years or so.
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    fyasko , March 3, 2011 5:54 PM
    zerocoolxMods involving the NES are over-rated. I'm sick to my stomach with what happened to geek-dom over the past 5 years or so.


    how so? because being geeky went mainstream and you're still not cool? where is your uber l33t mod?
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    someguynamedmatt , March 3, 2011 6:14 PM
    I've seen so many of these freaking mods that it's starting to get annoying. How about we make something original, now?
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    borisof007 , March 3, 2011 6:40 PM
    HansVonOhainThat is because this mod was done about a year ago.

    +1, at least someone else besides me remembered.
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    huron , March 3, 2011 6:41 PM
    Always impressed by what people can do. I'd love to have one of these - it'd be cool to have the DVD/BR drive be the old cartridge opening...
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    TheWhiteRose000 , March 3, 2011 8:01 PM
    Win.
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    digitalexplosives , March 4, 2011 1:49 AM
    someguynamedmattI've seen so many of these freaking mods that it's starting to get annoying. How about we make something original, now?


    Don't complain, use that energy to make your own "original" mods, or STFU!
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    zerocoolx , March 7, 2011 3:37 AM
    fyaskohow so? because being geeky went mainstream and you're still not cool? where is your uber l33t mod?

    No. I'm upset because mods like this take zero effort. Why are you such a cretin?
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    pwinzor , March 27, 2011 9:53 PM
    That's awesome but what are the temp's of your system?. i would like to think that it would run pretty hot inside that chasis.