OK. First of all, this is a thing now. Its happening.
Second. We have decided on the A-10 6700. For two reasons. 1- It has the horsepower were looking for. 2- a 250W PSU is sufficent to run that proc and anything we would want to attach to it. I really wanted to go for the big boy, but the extra 35W is too much power and heat for the performance we want. Also,the little guy will be far easier to cool.
I do have an old Micro ATX case that I plan to strip for wires and MOBO plate (i have all the tools I need to do this cleanly and safely)
One side will be loaded with fans, three 40mm output fans to be exact. We will leave the front panel of the NES as is (with some minor modifications to the power button so it dosen't stay stuck in when the unit is powered on)
Airflow will be from those three fans pushing air out, while they passively draw air in from the numerous vents located around the console (may add more). Also, the top will be getting a hole, covered by half-a-cartridge to give the CPU more breathing room, and to make it appear that a game is sitting on the top (retro!). With all things considered, we should be able to sufficiently cool it. We do not plan on overclocking it.
Parts: Broken NES Console
CPU: "Richland" A-10 6700 (3.8Ghz Quad, ATI 8670) 65W TDP
Mobo: MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 FM2 AMD A75
PSU: Athena Power Mini ITX @ 220W (please confirm if this is sufficient)
RAM: 8GB DDR3 @1600Mhz
HDD: 500GB WD Blue 2.5in @5400RPM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (no reason for me to go to
ordering parts shortly. Would like a second opinion. Will be updating this thread with pics and maybe a video if i get around to it.
... Ohhhhhh man, this is gonna be good! I got the jitters already!