Friend of mine gave me his old SNES that had been sitting in his closet for god knows how long. Just the console, no cords or controllers or game. Not even sure if it still worked. Anyways, I’d been wanting to build a new HTPC for a while now and when this fell in my lap, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. ;)
I was on a tight budget for this, so I had to re-use some parts I already had.
-Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz -Rosewill RCX-Z775 LP CPU cooler -Gigabyte GA-H87N-Wifi mITX -G.Skill 4GB 1600 (for now, will be upgrading to 8GB) -AData 120GB SSD -Pico 160XT PSU -Zotac GTX 750 LP -2x Fractal Design 40mm fans -19cm PCIe x16 extension ribbon from modDIY.com
The main goal with this build was to have it look as original as possible (from the front, top and sides). The idea of mounting the graphics card in the game cartridge slot came about after I realized there wasn’t any room inside for the GPU.
The original SNES power switch and front power LED are both functional. There were many challenges with this build, needless to say, but it works great (mostly) and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.
CPU temperatures are a problem with moderate to heavy use (like gaming) where it will spike up into the 90*C range. Internal airflow and cooling is an issue but I’m working on how to address that without cutting any holes or vents in the top or sides. For now, it’s good enough and stays in the 70’s while streaming. ;)
Future plans for this build (aside from fixing the temperature issue), is to get a pair of SNES to USB controller adapters, disassemble them and solder it up to the original SNES controller ports on the front for some authentic SNES gameplay (along with some retro gaming emulators of course ;) ).
Will update after I figure out how to fix the cooling issue, but for now, enjoy the pics. Thanks for looking. :)