Could I and how would I make something like this?

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by Aguiluz » Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:46 pm

If your PS1 can play backups, then an emulator called "It might be NES" is the solution.
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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by endrien » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:15 am

Nah, my ps1 can't play backups, but I like the PC idea more becuase its customizeable.

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by DK » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:49 am

Modded Xbox will be a fraction of the price of the custom PC idea and can emulate up to N64 and best of all, plays Xbox games. All you need is a modchip and a nice big hard drive.
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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by endrien » Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:46 pm

I can get a PC for 0-25$ then a few $ for a video card with svideo. An xbox here costs around 60-70$+ a mod chip

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by eagle5953 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:35 pm

Getting back to your original question, I actually did something like this (not yet complete).

I used a mini-itx motherboard (less than 7 inches square, about 1.5 inches in height). They have built-in processors and composite out. I also used a discrete graphics card (N64 and PS1 emulation requires it), but for primarily 2D systems, you wouldn't even need that.

Best of all, it can be done for $150 or so:
- Mini-itx mobo (and processor)
- pico-itx power supply
- stick of RAM
- some sort of case
- PC-compatible video game controller

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by endrien » Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:31 pm

Thanks, I'll keep it in mind if I raise my budget, but for now Im looking to keep as low a budget as possible.

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by eagle5953 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:00 pm

endrien wrote:Thanks, I'll keep it in mind if I raise my budget, but for now Im looking to keep as low a budget as possible.
In that case, I would recommend looking for a laptop with a busted screen on eBay.

It'd be dirt cheap, and a laptop within the last 5 years should be able to handle PS1 and N64 emulation. Just make sure to find one with S-video out (and get the S-video to composite video out).

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by endrien » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:20 pm

eagle5953 wrote:
endrien wrote:Thanks, I'll keep it in mind if I raise my budget, but for now Im looking to keep as low a budget as possible.
In that case, I would recommend looking for a laptop with a busted screen on eBay.

It'd be dirt cheap, and a laptop within the last 5 years should be able to handle PS1 and N64 emulation. Just make sure to find one with S-video out (and get the S-video to composite video out).
Couldn't really find any on ebay.ca, I wish my laptop had svideo....

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by XCVG » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:57 pm

Just buy the cheapest junk computer you can get your hands on. If you don't care about size then you can REALLY cheap out. Salvage old parts and ask people for their 'crashed' computers.

EDIT: Triton has some old HP KAYAK computers. See his thread: http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=27753

I checked and they have an AGP slot for graphics.

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by ArugulaZ » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:56 pm

A Nintendo Wii works pretty well for this purpose if you're willing to do the Twilight Princess hack on it. Then again, a lot of NES and Genesis games are on the Virtual Console, so you wouldn't even need to do that if you're willing to pay for all your games.

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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by nevermind1534 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:00 pm

Or if you can't get parts for free, I can sell you some older computer parts. Just give me your specs and we can work out a price.
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Re: Could I and how would I make something like this?

Post by XCVG » Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:45 pm

If you want to make it real small, wait for the nVidia ION platform.

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