Howdy, how y'all doin' today? If your doing well then that's good! Otherwise, get better! Anywhoseville, now that the greetings/small talk is out of the way lets get down to why you're really here. I'm sure all of you probably read my topic title and thought something like this: "Woah! That's so totally awesome! I wonder what it is! Could it possibly be a NES case mod!? NO WAY!!!!" Okay, maybe you weren't that enthusiastic. I know a NES mod is not the most exciting thing because it has been done several times before. Honestly I would rather be doing some exciting mod also, but I'm a general noob at modding and have never used a dremel before. I figured I had to do something to learn, so why not use this little NES that's broken anyways, it's no use as of now. I'm the kind of person who likes to re-use and recycle as much as possible which is exactly what I will do with my NES Case. Now on to the blood and guts of this thing. The Goal To convert a NES Case into a HTPC Case, notice how I added the word "case", I don't want it to be a PC that has everything hot glued in and you have to start from scratch when you want to upgrade, I want this thing to be able to easily upgrade all of the hardware inside including the HDD, Mobo, PSU, and Optical Drive. The case must also appear to be a normal NES from the front, that being said the back is gonna look nothing like it The Plan Start out with a case, chop off all the unnecessary mounting posts. Then dremel out a block for the I/O shield and mount the mobo. Dremel out a spot for the PSU and secure it in place. Mount the Optical Drive on top. Find a place for the HDD. Add in TV Tuner, if possible. Hardware ZOTAC H55ITX-A-E w/ WiFi Intel Core i3-530 2.93GHz G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1333 250GB SATA Slim HDD 500GB SATA Slim HDD, got on sale at local store Slot Load CD/DVD Slim SATA Drive (will upgrade to Blu-ray once I find one that’s not $600+) Silverstone NT07-1156 90mm CPU Cooler 250W Mini ITX PSU 150W DC-DC Pico-PSU Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 or InfiniTV 4 (If I can fit it/afford it) AVerMedia HD DVR ATI TV Wonder External Special Features Custom mario mushroom fan grill for PSU RetroUSB kits added to controller ports Some fancy modding to the Game cartridge hatch Fully/easily upgradeable Built-in IR sensor for remote control First Update! August 5th, 2010 What I did: Gutted the case, cut out a block for the I/O shield and mounted the mobo. I did not cut out the top half for the I/O shield, that will happen a bit later, I'm worrying about the bottom where everything will be mounted for now. Pictures Here's the I/O shield and it's lovely cut, I think it's pretty decent for a first time dremel-er A top-down look at the mobo, it's mounted and everything. If you notice the screws, I used a couple of the mounting posts that I had chopped off when I gutted the thing, then ground them down to size, and melted them to the chassis with a soldering iron. I'm sure there's a better tool to use then that, but it's what I had. This is what I was talking about when I wanted to turn it into a HTPC Case, I want to be able to easily swap out mobos when upgrading. The mobo with the I/O shield, the I/O shield is a pretty snug fit just by itself, and with the mobo in place it's even better so I don't think I'll need to do anything special to keep it in place. Angled from the front. That's all for now, stay posted for my next update when I add in the PSU. Sadly, it won't be for a week or more because I'm going on vacation. I wanted to get this log started though. You can plan on the next update being on or before Tuesday, August 31th.