I Turned This GameCube Into A Gaming PC!
It went together much easier than i ever thought. It would, and it turned out really really nice. What you just saw running was forzo ryzen 4 running on the native hardware that’s inside of this unit. It wasn’t streaming or anything like that. So we do have enough power to play a ton of games at 900p to 1080, but where this thing really shines is emulation, it’ll do anything from nes up to ps3 and it really comes down to the hardware i used inside of here and if you ever Wanted to up the gpu performance on this little gamecube build. All you really have to do is pull out the thunderbolt 3 cable, plug it into an egpu, and there you have it so yeah. This thing went together really nicely and if you ask me, i think it’s a pretty clean, build and, by the way, the front, gamecube controller ports do work in this video i’m going to go over the steps that i personally use to get this all put together And then we’re going to get right into some pc game, testing and emulation. Okay, so let’s go ahead and get right into the build. First thing i needed was a gamecube shell and i didn’t want to destroy a working gamecube. So i looked and looked, and i found one that wasn’t powering up so i hopped on ebay and i picked this up for 34 dollars. It wasn’t powering on and when i got the unit, i did test the power supply in it just to make sure now it could always be fixed, but i needed a complete gamecube to get this build working.
So the very first thing i needed to do was pull the internals out of this gamecube. I basically have to strip everything out of here all of the electronics and just leave the shell front plate and backplate. So i got to work on stripping everything out of this. I was really careful about not breaking anything. I just kind of wanted all the complete parts out of this unit, all right, so the main bread and butter of this whole build is an asrock industrial, x86. Single board computer that’s how they’re listed over on their website. I picked this up about a month ago on ebay, it’s kind of hard to find these, but i’ll give you another option. This is powered by the tiger like i5 1135 g7. But this is the same thing that they’re selling inside of their nook boxes, and these are readily available on amazon, newegg and ebay. I’Ll leave some links below and once i had the gamecube disassembled, i wanted to see how much room i would have inside of this unit. Once i place the pc i’m using inside of here and of course going into this, i knew we’d have enough room to fit this asrock nook box in here. I wanted all the i o on this little board to be accessible from the rear of this unit, and it looks like the rear i o panel from that nook box is going to be a perfect fit for the back plate of the gamecube, looks like it’ll Fit right in here, but i will need to remove this center plastic, so i went ahead and grabbed my dremel tool with a cut off wheel and i cut the center out of this back plate here.
I cleaned it up with a little bit of sandpaper and it came out looking pretty decent and the rear. I o panel from the nook box kind of sits right in here. I did have to do a little more cutting to get this to work. But overall i think it came out pretty nice and once i finish that up it’s time to move on to the shell, as you can see, there’s a ton of standoffs in here and i kind of need all of this to sit flush. So again, i just grabbed my dremel with a cut off wheel and i started cutting these out and it looks something like this. I didn’t have to go completely flush with it because i will be using some standoffs to keep that nook box off the bottom, but we got that back plate finished. I have the bottom of the shell finished now it’s time to move on to the front panel, and i definitely wanted to keep the gamecube ports on this but i’m not going to be using the built in pcb. I could rewire this if i really wanted to, but i came up with an easier way: i’m just going to use a cheaper usb to gamecube adapter. This works for pc and i believe the wii. U, maybe the switch also, but i really lucked out with this one and i’ll leave a link for it in the description, because it is actually perfect for building one of these gamecubes.
I actually wasn’t expecting it to be so easy, but everything lines up and this one actually has a little slide out plastic piece which holds the pcb and the gamecube adapters. And you can mount this directly to the front panel of the gamecube itself with two screws, and all you really need to do is slide that pcb right on there and everything will line up and yeah. I mean going into this. I was a little worried about this part, but it worked out really well with this adapter that i chose, and this was actually the first one that i picked up on amazon. I think it was like 12 bucks and by the way i did shorten this cable because it’s way too long to shove. In this case, next thing i had to tackle was the power button. Obviously i wanted to use the built in power button here and i came up with some junk that i had laying around a power switch from an old pc case that i had laying around an rc car motor mount a couple standoffs and screws, and i was Able to mount it right here where the stock power button of the gamecube is every time i press it presses that button and we’re good to go with that. So now, it’s time to mount the pc inside of the gamecube shell and, like i mentioned i’m using the asrock nook box, this is the i5 version with that 1135 g7.
It looks just like this when you pull it out of the box. This is the i7 version, and i thought about going with this, but i really don’t need that much power. This i5 version is more than enough for emulation and uh. I just basically pulled the pcb out of the shell i’m, going with 16 gigabytes of ddr4 running at 3200 megahertz and a 256 gigabyte m.2 mounting this inside of the shell was pretty easy, was just really tedious. I had to make sure i had everything lined up before i did any drilling and in order to mount it in here, i just use these standoffs. I personally prefer using the plastic ones because they’re easily stackable and you can actually sand them down or cut them. Just in case, you need to get a different height out of it, and here it is mounted inside of the gamecube shell. With these little plastic standoffs, like i said you can stack them really easily and looking at the bottom here i got two screws that are going to be hidden when this compartment covers on, but i have two visible screws here and i did want to avoid this. But i really didn’t want to go ahead and glue. Those standoffs in overall you’ll never see them unless you pick this thing up and turn it over now, as i was mounting this inside of the shell, i had this back. I o plate on here, so i knew it was going to be lined up when i put everything together and it sits in here really nicely all of my ports are accessible from around back here i can go ahead and plug in my hdmi and yeah.
I actually think this turned out really nice. Now i needed to get my power button working and since this is an industrial nook, asrock has added a couple power pins in here makes it really easy to add an external power button, something like the regular old intel. Nux might not have this and that’s really one of the main reasons i wanted to choose to use. One of these so i’ve got the power button working, but i want to add a small fan to this case, and originally i was going to go with these noctua 40 millimeter fans, but they just don’t push enough air at 5, volts they’re rated at 12.. So i’m gon na go with something a little bigger which pushes more air, but we can still test it with this little 40 millimeter. So there are two extra usb headers on this board and i’m just going to be running this off of one of those just one of the 5 volt pins here, ground and 5 volts. So when the unit comes on, our fan will come on and, like i mentioned these 40 millimeters just don’t push enough air and that other big fan is going to fit perfectly in the side here and really that’s about it. I need to get this button up, and one thing i really haven’t mentioned yet is thunderbolt support. This little board does support thunderbolt, 3 and i’m going to be adding a cable to this.
So all i really need to do is pull it out from one of the compartments on the bottom, plug it into an egpu, and we can up the performance on this gamecube and play games at 1440p. So now i just need to put the top shell on. I can actually pop the top on this thing and rearrange these wires. I might zip time to the side, but i want to get everything lined up and just make sure this thing goes together and there we have it. So we got our. I o on the rear. We can pop this top here and i can rearrange those fan wires if i need to, but all in all it actually went together much easier than i thought it would so yeah when this is just sitting on the desk. You’D think it was just a gamecube, but we really have a full blown pc in this that can do some pretty decent pc gaming and some amazing emulation. I do own a few of these official wave bird controllers, but unfortunately i can’t find any of my wireless adapters that plug into the gamecube itself, but i do have some of the knockoffs that we can test just to make sure that these front ports do work. So let’s get this powered up and see what we can play on this thing, all right, so let’s go ahead and power. This up, i’ll just plug my hdmi in. We also have a 90 watt power supply that comes with these boards or the nook box, depending on what you pick up press that power button, and it should boot right into windows pro.
Hopefully it comes on there we go so we can enter the bios from here, but i want to get right into windows to show you how this thing performs now keep in mind. I have made a couple other videos on the same board: that’s inside of the gamecube. If you don’t see it running in this video, which i’m not going to show off a lot check out my other two videos, i got a pc gaming, video and emulation links for those are in the description all right. So first things. First, i want to show you that these gamecube controller ports are working up front here. I’Ve misplaced, my real wave bird adapters, but i have these clones and they do work synced right up, so we can use this gamecube controller with an emulator like dolphin. You could also use it with pc games if you want to, but you will have to do some mapping basically inside of each game, but, as you can see, i’ve already mapped it for dolphin. So those gamecube controller ports on the front are good to go. Let’S go ahead and start up a game here: we’ll go with a harder one to emulate, auto modalista, keep in mind. I am upscaled to 2k, with these games. It’Ll run all of this stuff perfectly, even we so when it comes to gamecube and wii emulation, we get some really good performance at this 1135 g7. This is upscaled to 2k, but the easier ones to run can go up to 4k Music next up for emulation, tekken 6 with rp cs3 ps3 emulation on this is pretty decent it’ll even do skate 3.
moving over to a little bit of pc gaming. Here we have overwatch 1080p medium settings and we’re running at around 90 fps. This little thing will handle overwatch very, very well and, like we saw at the beginning of this video forza horizon 4 is also very playable, but if you do run into games that won’t run well on here, like gta, 5 or cyberpunk. Remember. This gamecube now supports thunderbolt 3. i’ll, just flip it over remove this bottom panel here, and i have that thunderbolt 3 cable ready to go, and you might be wondering why i didn’t put a usb type c or a thunderbolt adapter on the outside of the case Itself and that’s because these won’t work over adapters. You cannot extend thunderbolt 3 cables, they’re made at a certain length for a reason. When it comes to thunderbolt 4, the cables can get a bit longer, but thunderbolt 3 is limited. So now i have that external gpu connected to the gamecube and by the way this is a water. Cooled 2080 ti it’s way overkill for this machine, but it does work and instead of playing gta 5 at 900p low settings we’re at 1440p, very high settings and we’re getting around 90fps out of it so yeah. This could very well be the world’s most powerful gamecube. When it’s connected to any gpu like this, so in the end really happy with the build, i had a blast putting it together and it does perform just as well as i need it to especially for emulation if you’re interested in putting something like this together, i Will leave links in the description to everything i used in this video and don’t forget to check out my other videos.
I did on the little board we have inside of this gamecube i tested out a ton of pc games. I also have an egpu, video and emulation, so if you want to know what this thing can run, links for those videos are down below and definitely check them out, but that’s going to wrap it up for this. One really appreciate you watching.