I'm in the process of building a PC inside an NES case. I'm trying to get as much power out of it without breaking the bank. Rigging up the power switch and reset has been well documented, so this isn't the issue. I've followed several other builds, and from what I can tell, these are the requirements/limitations:
-Mini ITX motherboard
-Low power consumption
-A very efficient cooling setup. Additional fans will be needed for cooling (I can drill them in the back of it or the bottom, I can also open the cartridge bay to release some heat)
I have an older desktop that I don't mind stealing parts from. I was going to take the 160 gig SATA hard drive (full size, plan on putting it in the NES cartridge or sideways on the side of the case), the AM2 processor (Athlon X2 4400+ uses 65W IIRC), the RAM (the mobo I buy should have two memory slots, bringing me up to 2 gigs of DDR2).
I have a Radeon HD 4550 PCI-E video card, not sure if there is Micro-ITX motherboards that support this card? It'd be a great card to use if I can (although I did buy it several years ago). It shouldn't be too tall. Would I run into power issues?
So, since this is a Q/A site:
1) A. Will using my old gear (Athlon X2 4400+, Radeon HD 4550, desktop SATA hard drive) give me power issues? I was planning on using an external adapter.
B. How about heat issues? How much additional cooling will I need?
2) If I can't reuse all of it, what hardware can be reused to save money? Ideally I'd like to pick up an external power adapter, a few extra fans and a mini-itx mobo and call it a day.
3) Any other suggestions are welcome.