This builder slipped an entire gaming PC into an Xbox 360

PC cases these days are meant to show off: tempered glass panels, RGB lighting, sleek metal designs like alien spaceships, the works. Many manufacturers, however, are bucking the trend in order to create the most ridiculous “sleeping PCs” with high-end hardware tucked away in outdated or unassuming casings, like some kind of incognito warrior monk.

Enter YouTuber Technology by Matt (opens in a new tab)is Ryzen, the RTX gaming PC in the, uh, the hottest small form factor chassis around: the OG Xbox 360 case. Those original 360 models were decimated by the red ring of death, a hardware failure caused by poor console ventilation that fried components with excessive temperatures. In an act of hubris from a Greek tragedy, Matt gutted his childhood console that has survived since 2009 and replaced the innards with bigger, stronger, hotter components that were never meant to be. slip there.

It’s hollowed out the console’s interior extensively and even a bit of one of those fancy curved hard drive extensions you could get (it’s just a standard 2.5-inch hard drive buried in there at the end of the day) to make room Demonstrating admirable attention to detail, Matt resoldered and rewired the console’s front daughterboard, leaving it looking a bit like the Pokémon Tangela but also allowing the power button and LEDs green to work with the new system.

The PC inside runs a Ryzen R50 5600x CPU, RTX 3060 graphics card, and 32GB of RAM. There was no question of stuffing a power supply into it, so Matt went with something similar to the original 360⁠. death baton from an external power brick (opens in a new tab)in this case, a gaming laptop charger connected to an internal power converter in the console.

The end result is cozy and warm like a cabin on a cold winter morning. It runs games as well as you’d expect from current-gen hardware, but it also clocks GPU temperatures north of 80° Celsius and CPU temperatures consistently in the mid-to-90s. Matt reflected to the ability to install higher amp server fans⁠ – the same solution that saved YouTuber Shank Mods’ Hot Wheels PC (opens in a new tab)⁠— but for now the builder’s mission is accomplished. If you are interested in other Matt⁠ projects, such as a similar build in a gamecube (opens in a new tab) chassis⁠— you can consult its Youtube channel (opens in a new tab).

Robert P. Miller