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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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    doive1231 , 3 March 2011 14:18
    Run a NES emulator on it and you're sorted.
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    LePhuronn , 3 March 2011 16:20
    doive1231Run a NES emulator on it and you're sorted.


    He can still play NES games through an emulator
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    mi1ez , 3 March 2011 16:49
    NO! why oh why spray it white?
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    DavC , 3 March 2011 20:34
    not a bad job, but why spray it white?

    Me and a mate did this with an old 1ghz via board, and even from the back it is impossible to tell that it is no longer a standard NES. There is no I/O plate on the back (we kept it all internal and wired to the existing ports) and he uses wireless, and composite video on a CRT TV.
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    blubbey , 3 March 2011 22:54
    That's just awesome.