This AMD Ryzen-powered Sega Dreamcast is the perfect mini gaming PC

kac77

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GiGaBiTe

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While it worked, I'm going to have to give it a 0/10, because there was zero effort put in to attention to detail. The worst offense was the awful, horrible spraypaint job. There was no reason to even paint the unit, but he just spat so much paint on the thing that it ran everywhere and the end result looks like someone shaped playdough with an angle grinder.

The interior wiring was an embarrassing rats nest, no effort was made to keep it clean and consistent. The only thing that I'd really give him credit for is the modding of a laptop DVD drive to work in place of the original GD-ROM drive. I have no idea what the hell he was doing with the front controller ports, it looks like he just cut random USB extension cables and hot snotted them to the front of the console. It would not have been hard at all to use a piece of protoboard and used proper anchored USB ports, or even go the extra mile to mod the original controller ports to put out USB and make short breakout cables to convert back to USB. Heck, he could have even used premade adapter boards to mod a dreamcast controller to directly use USB and not even need a pigtail.
 

DukenukemX

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I like how he actually got the drive to work. Most console mods remove them and just fill it with a heatsink. Too bad the front ports look like a hot glue mess.
 

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I agree to the sentiment expressed. It looks like ass. This guy spent the effort to plan and execute the build, cut a custom mobo mount/drive mount out of sheet metal with a shank, and kiestered all this into his Turkish prison cell. Alright maybe not the last part.

The whole point of doing the build is the DreamCast case, and it looks like he outsources the paint job to the homeless guy who huffs leftover graffiti spray cans. Could have put the build inside an AppleBees takeout bag instead and gotten away looking cleaner.
 

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Also he should have used a Japanese or American Dreamcast with the orange color instead of that ugly european blue.

And you could probably do some pretty cool things like keeping the existing ports on the front and using a real Dreamcast mouse and Keyboard and the USB adapter for anything else.
 

SamuelL421

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... Too bad the front ports look like a hot glue mess.
I agree to the sentiment expressed. It looks like ass.
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and it looks like he outsources the paint job to the homeless guy who huffs leftover graffiti spray cans. Could have put the build inside an AppleBees takeout bag instead and gotten away looking cleaner.
Also he should have used a Japanese or American Dreamcast with the orange color instead of that ugly european blue ...
Damn that's a rough paint job, reminds me of my 1st attempt brush painting Gundam kits.
poor dreamcast. the pc isnt even fully contained and is hanging out the bottom...

:ROFLMAO: This poor kid lol

I agree with all the above though. A lot of time and thought went into the technical component of this mod and then very low effort on the polish and execution.
 

GiGaBiTe

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poor dreamcast. the pc isnt even fully contained and is hanging out the bottom...

Yeah, that was too much computer for that tiny case. When you start having to cut huge holes in the case for ventilation, you're not doing the mod right.

There are embedded/industrial boards that consume less than half the power of what he used that would work fine with the existing cooling solution from the Dreamcast. Sure it wouldn't be as fast, but it'd look a hell of a lot nicer. Another option would be to get a Zotac Zbox and restuff it inside a Dreamcast shell. Zotac crams an amazing amount of features into a tiny box. I have two of those, one with an i5 and the other with an i7, and they're very nice with SSDs. All sorts of USB ports, HDMI and DP out, card reader, etc.
 

blandead

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While it worked, I'm going to have to give it a 0/10, because there was zero effort put in to attention to detail. The worst offense was the awful, horrible spraypaint job. There was no reason to even paint the unit, but he just spat so much paint on the thing that it ran everywhere and the end result looks like someone shaped playdough with an angle grinder.

The interior wiring was an embarrassing rats nest, no effort was made to keep it clean and consistent. The only thing that I'd really give him credit for is the modding of a laptop DVD drive to work in place of the original GD-ROM drive. I have no idea what the hell he was doing with the front controller ports, it looks like he just cut random USB extension cables and hot snotted them to the front of the console. It would not have been hard at all to use a piece of protoboard and used proper anchored USB ports, or even go the extra mile to mod the original controller ports to put out USB and make short breakout cables to convert back to USB. Heck, he could have even used premade adapter boards to mod a dreamcast controller to directly use USB and not even need a pigtail.
Epic review.
 
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