Disclaimer: First thread, I've no idea how to operate this
I've been a lurker on this forum for a while now and now I've got something to contribute:
The Gamecube Build
Working on a better name for it still, shh. I've seen computer builds inside the hollow shells of them before, but always with integrated CPUs, Pico ITX, or simply strapping a Pi Zero to a gamecube shell and calling it a day. However, after some research I believe it's possible now to build a fully gaming capable system inside one of these puppies.
To start, the main case is 5.9 × 6.3 × 4.3 in, the dimension from front to back being the longest at 6.3. From here, this helps narrow down component choice.
Yellow: Working on it
Green: Checked Off
Completely thanks to the recent rise of Mini STX, the build is possible. I've chosen the ASUS H110S2
for the job. Cheap, has all the necessary support, and of course the M key m.2 slot for conversion to pcie x4.
I've been dead set of using a G4560
since the build's inception. The hyperthreaded dual core with an impressively low 54w TDP makes it a shoe-in, in my mind anyway.
I've gone with a Noctua LP cooler
. It actually does not fully fit, but I'm banking on my ability to cut the heat sink to make it fit.
8GB of DDR4 Sodimm. Team Elite stuff, 2133 mhz.
Again, one of the larger parts, this was a concern. A 1050ti was the obvious choice for the endeavor, as several short pcb card fit the bill at 5.9 inches in length. You'd think a LP card would be even better, but all LP 1050tis come in at 6.3 inches or more in length as of the time of writing, cutting them out of the picture. I decided on the EVGA 1050ti SC
Western Digital Blue 256 GB SSD. Solid, hopefully is disassemble-able a la STX 1.60.
The HDPLEX 160w DC-ATX
is a solid platform for DC voltage conversion for the powered riser, and a power brick was chosen, an alienware one coming in at 330w. Way overkill, but it was almost the same price as the 230w.
Good lord, the adapters. I'd love to have a better understanding of how powering the stx board through the HDplex was done in STX 160.0, but alas. m.2 M key to pcie x4, 1 usb 2.0 with 4 slots, the GC controller adapter, a powered x4 to x16 pcie riser (at least 7 inches in length),
Wifi card: Yes, if this build wasn't stupid enough already, I'm shooting for wifi. The thought here is to use the other m.2 slot for the chip, then run the antenna as a wire out through the Gamecube's carry handle. Please, let me know if I'm misunderstanding how these wifi cards work, I'm the opposite of an expert on this.
A friend just recently gave me a perfect condition platinum Cube specifically for this build. I'm planning on using it if no other broken cubes reveal themselves, as I'm still hesitant to tear apart a functioning one.
Open questions from OP to the forum:
I'll be adding a few pics and updating as time goes on. Thanks for reading!