Why can't I see the power supply? Is it external perhaps? I like the idea of a simple flash drive but would have gone with something bigger (sticking with silent flash) but for the price, it's pretty good I say. The netbook I am currently typing on has an atom and a Geforce 9300M and it struggles for 1080p playback through the HDMI, I don't know how the ion (with 9400m)in this device will perform.
I`ve been meaning to build something like this too, but I`d stuff the atom into my Sega Genesis rev2, which still looks pretty modern next to dvd/blu-ray players,etc. Seeing as how he only uses around $250 in parts in addition to the NES shell, the price is way too steep.
I come to 360 CAD with the same board 4 gigs of memory and a 32GIG flash drive. So once you add modding up the nes case it may be worth it for some, but not for me. I would go with a laptop drive for some space. and YES, i DO have a spare nes sitting here(one is still connected to the TV, the other is awaiting something similar to that, but i will need some kind of USB -> NES controller adapter for a realistic feel).
Very cool mod. I think the options to leave the hdd and power supply external were good choices. IIRC those old machines overheated with their massive 8 bit graphic potential. They ran at 1.78 mhz with an 8 bit (count them, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) PPU (picture processing unit). With dualing 16 Kbit (2kb) ram units, one for RAM and one for VRAM. This combo put out a whopping 256 x 240 resolution in the greatest year ever, 1986.