Step 3: Cutting the Back

Remember to Measure Twice Cut Once

Now here comes the moment of no turning back. Cutting the back. What I did was to place the motherboard where I wanted it. Then I marked the width on the back. I knew that the motherboard would be sitting above the power and reset switch. I measured where the top of those switches stopped then made my marks.

Now cut the back. Once you have it all cut you can set the motherboard in and measure how high the back plug ins go past the dark grey portion. Mark it on the light grey portion. Make your cut. You can see where I marked where I needed to cut. You can also see I didn't cut for the back plate but only what I needed. That way the fan will have a place to blow out all that hot air.

Hard parts over.  Get a beverage of your choice and celebrate. Mine is a Vanilla Porter I brewed up.
Im curious as to which PSU you used.
The mother board comes With an external one.
How strong is it? Would it support a full gpu?
<p>I'm sure it would if you have all the appropriate hardware for it.</p>
Full load @ 250w +?
<p>no idea. You should try it out and let us all know.</p>
<p>Nice, I thought about using Velcro but I used the cover itself to harness the slim dvd drive in place with 2 screws and a thick piece of aluminum. I used a Dremel and added to holes to each side and screwed it on. The aluminum piece has enough room to place the sata &amp; power cables.</p><p>Check it out. </p><p>http://www.ebay.com/itm/NES-PC-AMD-Quad-Core-AMD-Radeon-HD-8400-4GB-RAM-500-GB-HDD-USB-3-0-All-in-One-/111628353837?</p>
<p>nice work!</p>
Nice work! This is why I love Instructables, every project is ever evolving. I wouldn't have thought about using an Aluminum piece to hold it up.
I just want to say you did an excellent job putting it together. I actually made one myself about. 7Years ago with an apple ibook G4, i gutted out the laptop and surpeisingly it fit perfect. I too used the ness power button to turn it on and off. The power jack i places it where the original nintendo power jack was and mounted the cd drive prety much the same way you did. To hold it up i used double sided foam tabs atleast thats what i call them lol. The adhesive was strong enough to hold the dvd drive in place. I also used them on the motherboad and the dvd drive but they kept falling off because the hdd and motherboard would get hot so later i used hot glue, the gap under the cd drive i coverd it with plastic simmilar to those of a school notebook cover jut cut it to size and paint it and glue it with hot glue or super glue and the back where the I/O panel went i also used the same plastic to cover the gaps of the hole to make it look cleaner. Ot qorked very well untill i erased the hdd to upgrade the os. Apperently i was not able to use the external display to see what i was doing so with out the oeiginal lcd i was not able to re install the os back into it. I had it gor a long time till i tossed it out by accident when i moved.
How big of a video card could you fit in this? would it be possible to fit a gtx 660 in there with the riser card?
Do you know if this would have a large enough amount of space to fit a decent single slot graphics/video card. If that said card was low profile/slim line or such. Or would I have to get a 90 degree pci-e angle adapter.
You would need to get a 90 pci-e. I also highly suggest getting a graphics card. You don't need o e, it is just better with one.
Just for the record what OS do you prefer Linux, Windows, or Mac, and since I'm a noob, whats Zune?
I'm rocking out Windows 7 on it. Zone was the Microsoft answer to the ipod.
Thanks i haven't been on this site in a while so I'm just getting to replying to this while at school (after having completed my school work of course). So thank you again for clearing the Zune thing up. However I kinda pegged you for a Linux type guy.
I am a Linux guy but more of an anti-apple person.
Cool what Linux distribution do you regularly use? I use Slax Linux it kinda sucks that it is all module based but that happens when you pick a live USB Linux distribution.
Ubuntu for my comp and raspbian for my RPie.
The video card isn't powerful enough to play Diablo 3. I don't know how well it would with PS1 games.
Looks really nice. Can it play PS1 games smoothly? Im sure it does all the older systems.
Maybe if you ever need to build one again you could use a sheet of plexiglass to screw the motherboard into to prevent any electrical jumps and to keep the motherboard in place.
Can you tell me where you got the rubber feet from? that is a good idea how you used them. Does anybody know how to clone hard drives? I would like to clone a 3.5 inch HDD into a SDD.
Still looking to clone the drive? There's plenty of free software that works decently good. It's just slow if you have a bloated drive like I did. Make sure the drive to be cloned isn't the OS drive on the PC or else you need a second machine to plug it into. Plug the old and new drives in, direct the software to the drives, clone, done, ..., profit?
Thanks for the advice. I I think I have enough space to put in the full 3.5 inch in. I might need to clone a hard drive in the future though.
I got those at home depot.
or this forsale ? item i wanna buy one
No matter how many times I've seen this it never gets boring. Now I really want to build one myself. Epic win here.
Thank you. Now go build one.
Remember Zork? <br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Windows-Command-Promt-Text-Game/ <br>
Can you tell me what kind of RAM you used? I am making something similar to this with a custom built case, and this motherboard is perfect, but I am having trouble finding RAM for this motherboard.
Yeah. I used a 204 pin DDR3 4gb kit from micro center. Here's a link. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0307459
where did you get the adapter for the dvd drive?
At New Egg. Here's the link for the product. <br><br>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200470<br><br>The sata cables sit very loose on this. To the point where if its not held on it will fall off with movement. <br><br>If you can find a similar product I would go with it instead.
You do hatsuli an honor, nice instructable!
Thank you.
Kudos on the Mastodon poster on your desk!
\m/ I love those guys. Ive seen them 4 times now. Crack the Sky is amazing.
There's a few things that I would have done differently, but I'm pretty sure most people would after their first time building something like this. I would suggest replacing the red power LED with a dual- or tri-colored LED so you can also have a HDD indicator light. Also, using resistors to connect the LED is always best, but if you get the right LED you may not need to with the power coming from the motherboard. <br><br>I would also cut holes on the top vents (the bottom side) because those L-shaped vent things prevent airflow, and then add 40mm fans to that part to get some extra airflow. I know that when I built mine from hatsuli's instructable, the dual core Atom processor in the motherboard I used was getting into the 80C range, so I had to add those extra fans and cut those holes in it so it would actually work. You'll see what I mean about those vent holes if you actually do that. <br><br>Another thing I would suggest doing is using one of the controller ports or the black plastic space above the controller ports to add a IR remote sensor, in case you're going to be using this as a HTPC like I am. <br><br>If you don't choose to use a motherboard that has a built-in picoPSU, you can just buy a picoPSU and use your own power brick for those, if you have one the right voltage and amps for your particular picoPSU you ordered. A picoPSU is basically the same thing as having the motherboard come with a built-in PSU, except you buy it separate and it takes up just a little bit of room, it's not even that much actually. <br><br>Another thing you can do is use high-quality black cardboard like I did and glue that to all the ugly holes when you're putting your stuff in. It makes it look a bit better (Controller ports and where the DVD/BD drive goes). You can also cut holes in this cardboard for things like front audo ports, more USB ports, or just make a grill for it instead so you can lift the DVD drive cover for some extra airflow.<br><br>You can also fit 2 regular sized 2.5&quot; harddrives or SSDs underneath the motherboard if you do it right, so if you think you're going to need extra storage, that's an option.<br><br>You can omit the DVD/BD drive if you don't think you're going to use them and get a 2.5&quot; harddrive hotswap bay instead, so you can put games on a SSD to insert your &quot;cartridge&quot; to play games.<br><br>I hope some of these ideas can help people when they're building their own NES PC.
First let me thank you for the assistance you gave me. With out your help I would not have been able to finish this. <br><br>Second, Excellent additional information. All of these are great suggestions. Like with most instructables you can make them your own.
@TheBlackSharpie <br><br>If I had a few grand to spend on a computer, I would have made a much larger version of an NES to fit all that amazing gear I would buy with the rest of the cash.
Thanks skuishingbugs. Since I'm not an Apple person, there was no other option.
i respect you for having a zune.
Wouldn't it be awesome to use a few grand worth of components in your PC to make it an amazing &quot;gaming&quot; computer

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