Nintendo NES PC

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Gathering Parts
Born On:
12:40, 17 September 2012 (CDT)
Last Updated:
12:56, 08 October 2012 (CDT)


After attaining an empty NES case, I plan on making it as small PC emulator for playing any number of games.

The main idea and instructions were found here




  • NES Case
  • Motherboard: Mini-itx board
  • Processor: Best if built into motherboard
  • DDR3 Memory: 1GB
  • Slimeline dvd/cd
    • Slimline dvd/cd adapter
  • PSU: 80 watt picoPSU
  • 2.5" Hard Drive
  • Leads(?)

If Bought

Item Part Link Price (w/o shipping)
Motherboard ASRock E35LM1 AMD E-240 $54.99
DDR3 Memory Crucial 1GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 $8.99
PSU picoPSU-80, 80w output, 12v input DC-DC Power Supply $25.00

Total Cost (w/o shipping): $88.98

First Build


Part Description Comments
NES Case Empty NES Case Item received from Omegix.
Motherboard Unknown Item received from Omegix.
Processor Unknown Item received from Omegix. Could be integrated into Motherboard.
DDR3 Memory Not Found Still looking.
Slimeline dvd/cd Unknown Item received from MissScarlet. Found in old dell laptop.
PSU Not found Still looking.
2.5" IDE HDD Travelstar 10GB Omegix can give this to you. It's really small, but how much space do you need for an emulation system? There may be bigger ones upstairs in storage. --Omegix (talk) 14:33, 19 September 2012 (CDT)


Date Accomplished Notes
  1. Removed mounting pegs from inside case
  2. Brainstormed
  • Considered removing bottom raised plate
  • Considered removing original controller connectors and replacing with USB. Looking at pre-made instructions show that the initial creation has nothing in the controller spots.
  • Need to get an 2.5" to 3.5" IDE Hard Drive Adapter
  1. Research
  • Considering multiple ways to connect controllers to system
  1. USB Port on front of system for USB controllers
  2. Wireless gamepads with USB transmitter
  3. Leave original ports in front and convert the wire receivers into USB to easily attach to motherboard
  4. Combination of all of the above
  • Must remember that this is the first build and is on the tightest schedule, so must go with easiest build options.
  1. Cut out back of NES to fit back panel of Motherboard
  2. Installed Motherboard
  3. Converted power and reset buttons to connect to motherboard
  4. Connected laptop hard drive attained from Gregabyte
  5. First Boot Up
  • Need to replace power source, too big for the system but can be used till new power source is purchased.
  • Still working on installing Windows XP on hard drive.
  1. Hard Drive failed
  2. Attained classic NES controllers and NES Advantage
  • Hard drive attained from Gregabyte has failed, seeking new hard drive.
  • Collected controllers for NES. Tested on other another working NES to make sure controllers work.
  1. Received Two Retrolink Nintendo NES USB Adapter for PC and Mac
  2. Replaced original NES controller connectors with Retrolink adapters
  3. Found new hard drive
  • Retrolink ports fit into system after slight alteration to case. However, these are untested.
  • Still working on putting Windows XP onto new hard drive