I've used what I had laying around to make a case for my MiSTer setup.
An old original Atari VCS was emptied of its innards to make the case. I added HDMI and LAN ports and a power switch extracted from a power bar.
Inside, I used a brown extension cord (looks vintage!) and plugged in the power adapters for the USB hub and the DE10-Nano. The USB hub was placed behind the cartridge port and its power light aligned with one of the vacant holes left by the control switches. I kept the VCS's power and reset switches for aesthetics. I thought they would look nice.
I used RJ45 and HDMI couplers to add those ports on the left side. Unfortunately, my Dremel slipped when I was cutting the ports and each one has a scratch. For the power switch, it went better and I placed it on the right side, under the console.
Inside, it's ugly as you can see. I used a lot of hot glue to hold things together. I drilled four holes to fix the DE10 and I placed it in this strange orientation because I might add composite out connectors later (if that is possible. The power adapters gave me some trouble because there was only one way to fit them inside without blocking something else. I wanted to keep the original adapters for safety reason and peace of mind.
I had to put a resistor to slow down the DE10 fan that came with the I/O board. This fan was extremely noisy and had a loud high pitched sound that burried everything else in the room. I think that my DE10 is still safe with all the room there is inside this case and the ventilation provided by the empty holes left by the original ports. I may buy a Noctua later (any suggestion for a quiet one that fit?).
I still have some finishing touch to put in, like a black grill behind the empty VCS ports. I also have to find a way to securely close the case as I had to cut the original screw stands to make room inside.
Edit: I’ve finally ordered a Noctua fan to replace the crappy one that came with the IO board.
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on Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.