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By Per Samuelsson - Posted on July 6, 2002
I have built this PC based on VIA's EPIA C3
800 Mhz mainboard. What makes this one so special then? Well,
I managed to cram all the components into an old Sony Playstation
chassis - and with that I do mean cram! Mainboard, 6GB hard
drive, 256MB RAM, 145 Watt PSU, power switch, power connector
and an extra fan. Beat that, dude! Here's the story about
it, but unfortunately I didn't know of mini-itx.com when I
built it so I never recorded any pictures of the process for
First of all I gutted
the Playstation - removing it's contents, even the CD cover.
Then, the good ol' Dremel (there really ought to be a law
stating that everyone should own one) went to work. After
I had filed out about 50 grams of excess plastic that Sony
for some odd reason placed in every thinkable position inside
the cover and base I could start fitting the hardware. The
EPIA mainboard fits exactly into a Playstation chassis, what
luck! Of course I had to remove the gameports - to make them
look like real gameports I filed them down until I had a 2.5mm
thick frame, then glued the memory flaps into place and fitted
the controller pins on black cardboard. Now they really looked
like real Playstation gameports. I installed the Ram on the
mainboard and tried to fit the cover. Fat chance Buster! It
was too high. Dremel, Dremel, Dremel...
I carved a 2mm wide gap very close to
the outside of the cover. It actually lets light pass through
but isn't even visible from the outside. Now the cover fitted
- next was the power supply. I used a 145w supply from a company
that sold super cheap micro-ATX cases that they had left in
stock. The whole case cost me $30 (including postage). Away
went the metal cover - now the PSU went into the PlaystationPC.
Damn! It was way to big! Even though it only measured
93 by 93 by 34 mm. I thought hard and long... external PSU??
Never! Then I found the solution. If I flipped the PSU upside-down
and let it rest on the PCI port of the mainboard, it would
actually fit! Dremel again!
The power connector and the on/off main
switch had to be fitted neatly to the cover. A fan had to
be installed too but i skipped the original PSU fan because
it was way to big. An ultra silent 40x40mm fan was just the
thing I needed. Then I used the on/off switch from the chassis
I bought, and fitted it under the real power button on the
Playstation cover. To my dismay I just couldn't fit the reset
button with a switch because the upside-down PSU didn't leave
enough room. The harddrive LED is used by the power indicator
in the Playstation chassis though.
Then I only had to get a harddrive.
My very good and super generous friend Danjel actually saw
my project take form and he gave me a 2.5" drive. 6GB
for free! [Thanks by the way ;)] I bought a 3.5" to 2.5"
IDE converter and took an 80 pin IDE cable, cut one connector
off with a pair of scissors, and fitted that into the PlaystationPC
too. It was done! One small thing left... I installed Win2K
and DivX codecs. Wham! Now this machine sits on my VCR and
allows me to play back DivX movies by streaming them through
a 100Mbit network. And it works GREAT!
What did it cost me? Well if I translate
the sums from Swedish Krone to US Dollars it would be...
Via Eden Mainboard
That is super cheap for a brand new
machine that can play DivX movies if you live in Sweden. Add
to that the extremely small chassis and the fact it doesn't
look all that bad either and you can see it's money well spent.
I have only one thing to say... do it smaller, man - I double
dare you... ;)