Sure, you could pick up a cheap nettop with NVIDIA ION graphics from Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Zotac, FunTwist, or any other number of companies. But what fun is that when you can build your own and put it inside an old Nintendo Entertainment System?
That’s exactly what YouTube user Drumboog is doing. It’s still a work in progress, but you can follow along by watching the 5-part (so far) video series.
Basically he removed the guts of an old NES and installed a Zotac motherboard with an Intel Atom 330 dual core CPU and NVIDIA ION graphics, a 64GB SSD, a Blu-Ray drive, a TV tuner, and a rather large case fan which should help keep things cool. Of course, the whole project is pretty cool.
If someone wants to put a netbook in an Underwood #5 typewriter with a retro cathode ray tube screen then I’d take that…anything else interests me not a whit.
Pretty cool! The Zotac Ion boards are so small and versatile that you can build them into tons of household things. Last weekend I was considering doing the exact same project while junking through my attic, but since this guy’s already beaten me to the punch, it looks like I’ll have to mod one of my old Commodore 64’s.
How to make a nettop five times larger, three times heavier, and a thousand times uglier…the ultimate sh!t sandwich.
He better not set that fan to the ‘exhaust’ direction –
he’ll have a Nvidia Ion hovercraft. 😉
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