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This one took me quite awhile!

This post is the TL;DR. If you're looking for the full story, please keep an eye on LinuxGameCast.com, as the full post should be there soon.

Ever since I saw this album on Imgur, I've been itching to build something like that but for gaming. With the release of the Ryzen 5 2400G, I figured the time was right.

A co-worker mentioned he used to repair and JTag Xbox 360's and how he'd accumulated a bunch of broken consoles. So I asked if he'd part with one so I could carve it out, which he agreed. From there, I went on eBay and bought the power supply and Noctua NH-L9a-AM4. The former was open box new and the latter already had some use.

Feel free to ignore that Intel motherboard. It's sole purpose was to serve as a mock-up for the miniITX screw holes.

The ASRock motherboard, APU, RAM and SSD were bought a bit later as I waited for price drops. The Steam controller I already had, courtesy of a LinuxGameCast fan! You should check out his work, he does some awesome stuff with leather: https://www.mleonarddesigns.com

The extra bits I bought as I went along. Special thanks to shar-kade.com for the awesome work on the Steam logo fan grill.

As for the OS, well I wanted to use SteamOS but version 2 is old and the kernel wouldn't recognise the APU at all. Fedora 28 is far more update and while I can get the system to boot, it's still a crapshoot. Sometimes the GPU modesetting will fail and halt the system boot process, sometimes it will just refuse to boot even though the GPU has clearly been initialised. My only option here is to wait for the software support in Linux to improve for this APU and motherboard.

That said, when it does boot, it boots straight into a custom SteamOS session for Fedora. Be sure to +1 this post from Ethan Lee, as he was the one who actually decided to set out to test the feasibility of using Fedora as a SteamOS replacement.

Benchmarks and more will be available when the main article is finalised.

Hints, thoughts, allegations or things better left unsaid are what I left comments enabled for.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 5 points

Smooth, creative. You really did put in a lot of work. Awesome job. Hopefully you don't get a red ring of death from temperatures ;)

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

Hopefully not. The big hole in the front lets the Noctua pull air in and the two 40mm fans at the top push the hot air out.

  • 12 months ago
  • 5 points

It's... It's... beautiful!!!!!

Dude, how long did it take you to do this? This seriously was a +1-worthy build, with more coming. I think I smell a feature...?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

It took me the better part of this year. I got the broken console back in February and I've been pacing myself with purchasing hardware as the prices dropped.

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem!

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

This thing is beyond baller. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

Okay, this is epic.

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

I have one of those old dead Xbox 360's in drawer, just waiting to have something similar done to it. Thanks for letting me know it is possible. Very clean. Well done. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

This is brilliant. Probably the best console case build I've seen yet! +1 and +2 fingers crossed for a feature!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Impressive. You got some creative talent and skill right there.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Impressive temps for the size... Great job

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

feature

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Stunning, amazes me what people can do, beautiful case and great parts choice +1.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, you did an incredible job. Nice work!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you attempted Steam Play/Proton with this machine?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed! I've tested quite a few games on it with Proton.

Games which work really well:

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

Final Fantasy VIII

GTA San Andreas

DiRT 3

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

If you can, use the bleeding edge Mesa Git and LLVM Git for DXVK in Proton. Also, since you mentioned Fedora, a vanilla kernel of the latest release might give you less trouble than a Fedora release kernel.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I might have to try the vanilla repo to see if the modesetting/boot issues are addressed with newer releases.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the best builds I've seen in a long time, good stuff!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome job! :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I have an old 360 that is literally collecting dust for a rainy day back home.... Hm........

Awesome build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Truly brilliant. I love it! +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

What did you do for ventilation for the PSU?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The 6th picture shows the bottom shell piece.

I cut a hole below where the mesh is to let the power supply breathe.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I see that. How does it look on the other side? Is it a nice square cut out?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

It is square but it ended up slightly offset from the bottom. I'm not particularly proud of it but it does its job.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I was actually going to do this myself and steal all the up votes. Dang it man!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude I'm jealous! lol That's fantastic! +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

God Build!! +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

953 games.... +0.5 for the build +0.5 for the library. wowza.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This is amazing!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This is impressive. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome, thanks for the inspiration! I've got a good working 360 in a box somewhere waiting for this to happen.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This build was executed perfectly, and looks fantastic. Very well thought out... like actually inspiring. Now this makes me wonder if there would be a way to squeeze a GPU in there lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Yaaasssssss!!! Lol I wanted this build to get featured soooo bad!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the idea and you executed it really well. I particularly like the purple and black theme. Nice job

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I knew I smelled a feature a few days ago! Congrats, m8!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 well done!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

What a wonderfully creative build. Great job.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Does the power button work?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it does.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a work of pure Art

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this is a great creative idea. Do you think is possible to fit in there Low profile 1050 ti somehow? Not in your as 2400G really not need it bud having broken xbox and do like it ITX builds and this is really AWESOME!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe with a smaller heatsink and a modular/semi-modular power supply. And you'd need to mount the motherboard so the IO connections come out from the top of the case.

As it is, there's no room left anywhere.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea was thinking to do it that way. thanks for a replay.,

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely insane!! I think im going to try this with my ps3.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks classic hopefully you don't get 3 red lights :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

wow thats what i would have visualized if i had the money for it. but id use my halo 4 special case. nice job! (hope you wont get rrod)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This actually looks really good .

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

This has to be one of the most innovative uses of a Xbox 360 I've ever seen. Great job man.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build !!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that looks awesome, curious where you got the Steam logo 120mm fan adapter? if it's a 3d print I'd love to know where you found it or is it from a CNC machine. +1 this is perfect.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's laser cut from 3mm acrylic. As I mentioned in the post, I got it from shar-kade.com

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks missed that in your post.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

wot

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

+2

EXTRA GUD

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

There are several threads in Pheronix and elsewhere saying that people can't get Linux to run reliably on Raven Ridge APUs. Did you ever get Linux to run reliably on this machine, whether in the form of SteamOS, Fedora, or anything else?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes. Once kernel 4.19 went mainstream the modesetting issues were resolved!

It works perfectly fine since then.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. That really makes me interested in Raven Ridge.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

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