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Wii Little PC

by daparkvid

Description

I was cleaning up some storage and ran into my perfectly functioning Wii wondering if I could make use of it somehow. Having seen so many awesome small form factor builds I got inspired to see what I could squeeze in. I looked online and only saw one build where they took an intel NUC and put it inside. But for this project I wanted a desktop CPU, and for it to look and feel like a wii as much as I could make it.

I gutted everything and used a rotary tool to cut and sand off most of the plastic standoffs and the rear for the i/o shield. Some of the standoffs were used later to screw down some plastic holders I cut and glued together. The front button electronics were unfortunately soldered on the wii board itself so I did use a couple of buttons from elsewhere and positioned them with a plastic holder. Power and reset buttons work as well as a power led. I really wanted to use the leds on the wii disc slot from the motherboard hdd activity header but it wasn't enough current to be visible. I used bits of insulation foam strips that I had lying around as standoffs and cushioning to prevent damage internally.

Motherboard The Wii is roughly 215x157x44 mm (8.5x6.2x1.7 in) which meant that ITX boards wouldn't fit. STX should fit comfortably at 147x140 mm except for the fact that I wanted the rear I/O at the back, right where the Wii has a cut away corner that limits the space even more. Had to make a notch into the case to allow the mobo to get as close as possible to the back and also cut into one of the corner screw posts. I got the asrock stx kit since it was cheaper overall (kit includes power adapter and wifi/bt adapter) and there just aren't that many options.

CPU Went with a pentium since this was more for the fun of building but would like to get an i5/i7 in the future

Cooler I reckoned that the motherboard and cpu would come up about 8-10mm, leaving around 30mm for cooling. Again, not many options at that height and I went with the silverstone nt07-115X. When I first ran it inside the case, the temperature rose dangerously hot (in the 90s at idle) and I did resort to drilling holes for airflow. This brought temps way down (40 idle, 62 load). Noise is acceptable, just don't run it anywhere close to 100% (max rpm is 3400). Also the paste it came with was rather shoddy so I did have to use something else.

RAM Hallelujah it fits.

Storage Adata sx8200 feels super snappy and probably one of the best $/performance nvme drives out there. The 500gb hdd was just an old laptop drive I had lying around that I was happy to see that it fits between the RAM and the case front.

RegretsReflection One thing I wish I did was flipping the internals and having the motherboard on the other side panel. I could have kept the top flaps with their original hinges and possibly able to have front usb ports under the little panel at the front with the sd card slot. I did consider some noctua 40mm fans instead of drilling the holes for airflow but I did not have an easy way of powering the fans and I would have to give up the hdd.

TLDR: I wanted to see if I could build a pc in a wii.

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SwiftSeb 6 Builds 17 points 2 months ago

I just play wii sports resort on mine on the weekend :P

yuudachi_IJN 8 points 2 months ago

u can use 2400G to get better graphics

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 11 points 2 months ago

I would agree, however unfortunately look at the size. The wii can hardly fit that mini STX board and likely won't have room for ITX, and as mini STX is intel's own form factor there are no mini STX AM4 motherboards available.

ravenousjoe 4 Builds 5 points 2 months ago

Yet! There is an embedded STX board coming out that will have a 4c/8t ryzen apu with Vega 11 graphics installed in it. It's rumored to be $450USD, but it will be hella small and quite powerful considering you could put it into something this small quite easily.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

Still will be great, despite lacking upgradablility. Might be a good upgrade for this very build.

staxs 1 point 2 months ago

First of all ...Awsome build ! Now to enlighten something:

http://linuxgizmos.com/signage-oriented-mini-stx-sbc-taps-ryzen-v1000/

septapus 1 point 2 months ago

that means he would have to change his motherboard and re route most of his things in the wii which i bet is a pain in the back

XCMills 5 points 2 months ago

Is this: a feature?

Fyremoon65 3 points 2 months ago

It already is. :)

ZedSamCat 5 points 2 months ago

MARIO CART WII, WHOO HOO

joneill03 1 point 2 months ago

That and Wii Sports was all I ever played on mine. I just finally got rid of mine last year when I upgraded my TV and no more component inputs. Switch is fun, but I miss the Wii.

ZedSamCat 1 point 2 months ago

i still have my wii

JCMsergox 4 Builds 4 points 2 months ago

It amazes me what people are able to cram into their old consoles. This feature is well deserved. +1

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

How fast does it run the Mii creation app though?

ApocPony 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I love these kind of mods. Super awesome very impressive. +1

Rezna 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Oh my god, this makes me wish I kept my original Wii Console. Dammmmmnnn Dudeeee, this is the coolest thing I have seen this month. I favorited your build in my list of "cool PC builds."

ZFGeek 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

How are you powering that thing, seeing that you dont have a PSU on there?

daparkvid submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

external power brick

ZFGeek 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

OK, that makes sense. Also, is the original disc drive still there? Cant tell from the pics.

Bronstet 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Incredible work!

Yolenzo 18 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

ingeniously

fukprestige 1 point 2 months ago

Skills! looks great!

ooferino 1 point 2 months ago

my childhood got upgraded

Ohoganclan 1 point 2 months ago

Speechless

kevbui 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome! Lol!

tech_geek100 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

nostalga on this PC, the custom case is awesome

Pot8o 1 point 2 months ago

Looks like it's time to get a wii emulator!

Caxhes 1 point 2 months ago

My Wii was a part of my childhood, 10/10 very cute build lol

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I am surprised that old Wii has that airflow! I like the creative idea.

daparkvid submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

it was definitely choked up before i drilled holes on the side haha

sleeperpc 1 point 2 months ago

why not the ryzen 2200g or 2400g? is it because it wont fit inside the case with the cooler?

daparkvid submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Mainly because there wasn't a mini-stx am4 motherboard available at the time. Definitely the better choice for integrated graphics though

Flika1999 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

wow wii +1

Logarythym 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I absolutely love this build! You are a man after my own heart, with part reuse, old case mods, and taking on the challenge of fitting in components not designed for the case. Really polished, too. Fantastic work.

xl3erry14 1 point 2 months ago

Amazing I might have to try this with my wii that is sitting in dust

iwalkwithedead 15 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Very nice mod, well done. :)

xconnor 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

wow this is so cool! never seen anything quite like it.

saane 1 point 2 months ago

beautiful

RoyalSovereign 1 point 2 months ago

Sweet, as sweet it can get... Nicely done.

someta 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Well, the most ambitious project I've ever come up with for a Wii is running Linux on it. I think this is amazing!

hi_im_snowman 1 point 2 months ago

Well, well, well. What do Wii have here?

An epic tiny build, I see! This is wonderful work, I wish these could be purchased, it would be perfect as a HTPC!

+1

KegiMasters 1 point 2 months ago

Raindrops,

Droptop,

He got a Wii that doubles as a Laptop.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Finally realized after coming to the homepage and stairing at this system multiple times that a nintendo wii on the featured build spot is something not natural lmao then I realised it was a wii build. That's dope.

trylaarsdam 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

ba dum cha

agdoyle 1 point 2 months ago

YOOOOOOOOOO love it

MEC-777 10 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Great build, I love it! :)

VaxtinTheWolf 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

That's some nice perforation work. I'd probably get too annoyed doing all of those.

My Wii has been on standby for the mast many years just collecting dust.

daparkvid submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

oh man that was the most annoying part to do. partway i was tempted to buy a drill press cause my arms were dying. also meant that the holes are misaligned but it does the job

Thurmbermore 1 point 2 months ago

that is really cool +1

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

claps Now this is epic.

crackersjaxx 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

+1 Love this build, however I did a little research, and this B450 board is only 170mm by 170mm, not sure if MSI is lying, or if you missed it. https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B450I-GAMING-PLUS-AC/Specification

Edit: Looking back at the pictures, I now realize how little room you have even with the tiny board.

whostolemybagel 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

PCii +1

Lardybob 1 point 2 months ago

no man should have this much power

Upgrade 8 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Wow!

-parzival- 1 point 2 months ago

I love the build! If you are going to continue such builds then I would love to see on in gamecube form

whited200550 1 point 2 months ago

wow thats cool but i think i will to stick to building in a mid tower case

TheGladiator7123 1 point 2 months ago

that is epic!

Buckerz 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

This is fricking epic

BenDoes 1 point 2 months ago

LMAO

Dramaro 1 point 2 months ago

Does it play the Mii Channel music when you boot it up? What about the Wii Shop Channel music?

Jk, it's a great and awesome small build!

daparkvid submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

hmmm i wonder if i can somehow make it do that

Northern3D 1 point 2 months ago

Now use it to run Dolphin.

TikantiXD 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

hell yeah

TheOneCode 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I like this

jsunter91 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Could we get a picture of your HDD mirror please? Also how have you managed to kill so many?

Amazing build, drilling the vent on the side looks like it took a lot of patience, came out great!

MattHoot 1 point 2 months ago

This is awesome and hilarious at the same time. Imagine you invite your friend over to play some fun PC games and he sees you boot up your wii computer

gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

This is dope. I am not crafty enough to do this, but I love it. Super well done.

Carteranimal 1 point 2 months ago

Can it play Wii emulators

whe08041539 1 point 2 months ago

Fantastic build mate - you have successfully built the main idea I have in my head for my current build :D

Currently have a WiiU case with the same mobo setup as yourself, although I'm running an m.2 to pciex4 riser, coupled to a GTX1050ti that's jammed in there alongside with the WiiU's extra length.

My main difficulty is the power, as the H110M uses 19v but the GPU needs 12v from somwhere at 120W too, which the m.2 certainly cannot provide!

Noobyfish 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Ah yes the perfect gaming machine