BigMac740p wrote:You don't really need the I/O Board if you don't need the dedicated analog output, but be sure to have a heatsink and an active cooling solution because the De10-Nano doesn't have any thermal management and can go very hot. The users buttons and LEDs can be directly hook on the GPIO if your are confident enough to tinker with electronics. As for the RTC clock, it is the least needed module since if you have network access the time and date is set automatically tru NTP at boot. To start, you don't even need a USB hub, a OTG-USB cable is enough for a single input device (Keyboard or Gamepad).
Thanks for the reply. I ended up grabbing a usb board, heatsink, and 32mb SDRAM. I can find a fan for the heatsink if I end up needing one. The heatsink itself comes with the 3M thermal adhesive. Now the wait for the parts begins. Definitely excited to have an end all hardware based emulator vs using raspberry pis.