We were contacted by Jamie Regan recently who created a pretty sweet NES PC. He wanted to sell it to us. While we do think its pretty awesome we did not want to buy it but I asked if he wanted to write about the process he used creating it. If you are interested in purchasing this email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have built this NES PC when i had a bit too much spare time on my hands / Unemployed….
I basically have seen a few attempts of making these and thought with my practical skills of being a Qualified Electrician i could built one a little bit better.
The Computer took considerable time and effort to build and my house ended up a heck of a mess just making this thing. I believe it is the best NES PC mod that has been made.
For the Case an old NES was stripped apart , had all the plastic cut out and was lined with sheet metal in order to fit all the components in and keep a sturdy solid case.
I have Tried to keep everything as discrete as possible so i have also lined the area around the disk drive with metal to give a neater appearance. The front panel where you would normally plug the game pads into has also been converted to two USB ports.
The Hardest Part was cutting out a space for the Back Input Panel of the Motherboard while trying to keep it neat. I couldn’t get it 100% Perfect but its a whole lot better than the rest of the attempts out there and certainly good for a first go at making one of these.
The Original NES power and reset buttons have been wired and soldered to the motherboard so that the computer operates just like the old NES would have. The Power LED is also fully Functional.
I managed to pick up an ASRock A330GC Mini Itx Motherboard for this which managed to fit perfectly in the Old Nes case once it was all cut out. It contains a Dual Core Intel Atom 330 Processor 1.60 Ghz and runs pretty smooth. The full spec for this motherboard can be viewed here http://www.asrock.com/mb/
To power the board I have used a Mini ITX PC DC-DC Power Supply Board 120W PSU 12V. This is tiny and fitted perfectly within the case. It also gives of a little bit of blue light which kinda shines through the gaps in the Nes and makes it look kinda kool
Other components used are a Samsung SN-208BB 8x DVD-RW DL & RAM SATA Laptop Drive which is fitted very nicely under the flap where you would usually insert your game cartridges and also a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 SATA 3Gb/s 160-GB Hard Drive. It also has 1 GB Ram DDR2 ( 2x 512MBs ).
I had to include a RetroLink Retro NES Style USB Game Pad that is unopened to top it off as well so that you can play all the old NES classic in retro fashion.
I learned a ton and picked up quite a few skills while making this and also enjoyed it but I already have a better PC which I use for sound engineering , so the NES PC has hardly ever been used. It is of no use to me now apart from showing it off to friends so I’m putting it up for sale so that someone else may enjoy it.
Thanks for reading this, If you would like to make an offer or if you have any questions on how you could make one of these for yourself send me an email on