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Guy Makes a PC Out of Nintendo Wii

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Click for gallery!Modding your computer to look cooler is one thing, and overclocking your processor and memory is pretty cool too. But someone has managed to stuff a fully operational desktop PC into Nintendo’s minuscule Wii.

Of course, the internals of the Wii were gutted and everything taken out. But the end result is very interesting. While the Wii is very small, similar desktops are available from companies such as Dell and Apple — like the Mac Mini and Dell Studio desktop.

Check out the gallery of the Wii PC here.

The feat of course is doing it yourself. And this guy has stuffed an Intel Celeron 1.3 GHz processor, a motherboard based on Intel’s 852 chipset, 512 MB of memory and a 40 GB hard drive. Other included accessories are integrated Wi-Fi, digital video output via a DVI connector and even three USB ports — one at the back and two where the original GameCube controller ports were.

Despite the available disc slot on the face of the Wii, he was unable to integrate an optical drive to utilize the opening. However, this is easily remedied by attaching an external optical drive. The builder also managed to stuff in two fans to keep the unit cool. Unfortunately, the fans are small and because of this, have to run at high speeds to keep the overall unit cool. However, if you were building your own miniature PC like this, you can source out small fans that don’t spin so loudly.

The "Wii PC" runs a copy of Windows XP SP3 and while it isn’t the fastest PC out there, it is certainly one of the coolest — especially if you’re a fan of Nintendo and its Wii.

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    kitsilencer , September 5, 2008 6:47 AM
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    Guy Makes a PC Out of Nintendo Wii


    No he didn't. He emptied out the Wii and used it as a glorified case. If I did the same thing with a cereal box, you wouldn't call it "Guy makes a PC out of a Rice Crispies box."

    And you certainly wouldn't post it as a news item.
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    xx12amanxx , September 5, 2008 12:02 AM
    stopped reading after...."overclocking it your processor"
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    xx12amanxx , September 5, 2008 4:09 AM
    xX12amanXxstopped reading after...."overclocking it your processor"

    Thanks for fixing! Article is pretty interesting and it is cool to read about little projects people take on!...Reminds me of the time i installed an rx-7 13b into a 914 porsche.
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    kitsilencer , September 5, 2008 6:47 AM
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    Guy Makes a PC Out of Nintendo Wii


    No he didn't. He emptied out the Wii and used it as a glorified case. If I did the same thing with a cereal box, you wouldn't call it "Guy makes a PC out of a Rice Crispies box."

    And you certainly wouldn't post it as a news item.
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    neiroatopelcc , September 5, 2008 7:48 AM
    Gosh a lot of flaming comments! Sure the title is misleading, and no he didn't use the wii hardware as a pc, but nontheless the feat of installing a pc into that awkwardly shaped chassis is considerable.
    People seem to argue that by doing so he proves he has too much time, and too little to do with it ; but how do you guys think art is made? it's certainly not made by people with no time on their hands .... And it's noisy and impractical ; so what? Art experts dismiss the design of practical things as not being art, because those things have a purpose. By using old and inferior hardware, the crafter of this item has effectively avoided giving the 'wii pc' a purpose ; thus making it art.

    And as a piece of art it's marvelous.

    I do however have to agree with the basic fact, that this doesn't belong in the thg news section, but perhaps on tom's guide or something like that.

    ps. if I'd done this, I'd have used the mini itx board by some german company, running a centrino platform with an ati card onboard. Would've rendered the item useful though, and as such denied it the title of art, which I think the creator would be more proud of than being the creator of a simple mini-pc
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    martel80 , September 5, 2008 9:06 AM
    WTF?! I thought he managed to get Linux running on the Wii or something like that. :( 
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    neiroatopelcc , September 5, 2008 10:09 AM
    Fulle your post actually has one useful piece of info! Getting an eee to run inside a toaster is infact a good idea! Perhaps I should spray my fladbed toaster black, and try to fit one inside. Could be quite entertaining, and definetly a challenge - something you probably don't appreaciate.
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    evilshuriken , September 5, 2008 10:26 AM
    Hey, I thought I would be the only one thinking an eee inside a toaster would be an amusing idea lol.
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    theanonymous1 , September 5, 2008 2:34 PM
    The problem with the article postings on Tom's Hardware is not the articles themselves. It is the people who have nothing better to do than to post comments like we see above. Why don't you take that negative energy and do something useful with it.
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    stuart72 , September 5, 2008 2:53 PM
    theanonymous1The problem with the article postings on Tom's Hardware is not the articles themselves. It is the people who have nothing better to do than to post comments like we see above. Why don't you take that negative energy and do something useful with it.


    Yup - article is just a harmless bit of fun, why bother with the flaming?
    There are a lot more odd weird PC's like this on mini-itx.com inclusing this one , the toaster PC.
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    stuart72 , September 5, 2008 2:56 PM
    hmm link failure toaster PC
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    caamsa , September 5, 2008 4:26 PM
    Now what he should do is put the Wii in a computer case and then they can write another article. ;-P
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    fuser , September 5, 2008 4:50 PM
    caamsaNow what he should do is put the Wii in a computer case and then they can write another article. ;-P


    That would be funny. Showing up at your friend's house with a full tower (steel, of course) case with the Wii guts inside.
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    tuannguyen , September 5, 2008 11:10 PM
    fulleThank you to others who have criticized this piece of shit article. I expect nothing else, from Tuan... The "Mac's are not overpriced", delusional moron.Just great, Tuan. You've wasted my time with your crap once again. I have to start checking the name of the writer before I read anything on Toms from now on, so I don't accidentally skim over any more of your BS. Here I was thinking I was going to read something interesting, such as someone who managed to get XP running on a wii, or linux, or another modern OS, but instead its just some idiot who gutted a perfectly good game console to make an overheated box that doesn't even have an optical drive. Way to go! Not to mention the machine would be as slow as a dog, and similar in size to products that exist on the mainstream. Would it be news if I pulled the parts out of a Asus eee, and tossed em' in a fucking toaster?I give up. But seriously, this is the last time I read anything you write.


    That is a great idea. Do the toaster PC project. Use the bread slots as optical drives or something. Post it somewhere, I'll write a small bit about it to give some coverage to end users who do neat things with their custom hardware. So do it up, I'll attribute it to you.

    First I cover Macs; got flamed. Then now I'm covering neat custom projects using PC parts from end users who might appreciate some coverate on Tom's; get flamed.

    Ah well.

    / Tuan
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    gxsolace , September 5, 2008 11:23 PM
    fulleThank you to others who have criticized this piece of shit article. I expect nothing else, from Tuan... The "Mac's are not overpriced", delusional moron.Just great, Tuan. You've wasted my time with your crap once again. I have to start checking the name of the writer before I read anything on Toms from now on, so I don't accidentally skim over any more of your BS. Here I was thinking I was going to read something interesting, such as someone who managed to get XP running on a wii, or linux, or another modern OS, but instead its just some idiot who gutted a perfectly good game console to make an overheated box that doesn't even have an optical drive. Way to go! Not to mention the machine would be as slow as a dog, and similar in size to products that exist on the mainstream. Would it be news if I pulled the parts out of a Asus eee, and tossed em' in a fucking toaster?I give up. But seriously, this is the last time I read anything you write.


    I don't find you useful to me and in my PC building projects. Is your existence useful to me and what I do? No. Hmm. In that case, according to your logic, I think you should go kill yourself now - cuz stuff that's not useful shouldn't exist right?

    Whether or not this article was "useful" or not is subjective. Maybe it gave someone an idea to do a project and inspire something. If it wasn't useful for you, go look up something else. You have the Internet at your disposal. Why don't you Google for something you want then, instead of reading something that didn't please you and then blasting people about it?

    I'm sure this piece may have inspired a lot of people to do custom build jobs.

    You are one sad individual if you spent all that time flaming and provided nothing critical in terms of an idea or suggestion.

    "Damn, Tuan wrote another POS after the last POS, and I read it again! I could have suggested something better but... I chose not to, and now that I read another thing I think is a POS, I am so angry. I could give advice but... I'll wait to get angry again."

    Get a life.
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    timaahhh , September 6, 2008 9:10 PM
    The story would be much cooler if the guy got some PC OS to run on the Wii's hardware, but its still kinda cool anyways.
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    angrylama18 , September 6, 2008 11:25 PM
    My word, all you haters need to stfu. I thought it was interesting, leave your negative comments for mommy's and daddy's who wont buy you a wii.
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    spartanii , September 7, 2008 5:59 AM
    Ya i will admit its not exactly news that someone put pc hardware into small object but interesting non the less..the article took couple of mins to read and if you feel like somehow that sitting there at ur computer and taking a few mins a read a article that wasn't exactly your cup of tea justifys harassing the writer then you need take a good long look in the mirror and say wow im a dick, it probably took you longer to write ur hate filled comment then it took to read the article.
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    timaahhh , September 7, 2008 9:21 PM
    LoL Spartanii
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2008 4:57 AM
    Somewhat nifty, but what's the point? I'd rather have a Wii than a 1.3 GHz Celeron XP machine, and there are nice looking SFF cases available.

    A PC and a Wii in one tiny case would be cool.
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