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Picture of Retro-Gaming Machine With Raspberry PI, RetroPie and Homemade Case

Some time ago I found a Linux distribution for Raspberry Pi named RetroPie. I found out immediately that it is a great idea with a great implementation. One-purpose retro-gaming system without unnecessary features. Brilliant.

Soon after, I decided to buy a new Raspberry Pi, on which I wanted to run the RetroPie with some good old games.

I also began to look around for a case. Unfortunately, I didn't like almost any commercial case. They were ugly, overpriced and sometimes even overengineered, in my opinion. On the other hand, I liked some DIY cases which didn't try to copy the look of old consoles. So, I decided to make my own case too. For many reasons, I used a universal project enclosure case as a basis...

Take this Instructable as inspiration and also try to make a retro-gaming machine with a custom case. It isn't too hard and you will be happy about the result. And moreover, it could be a great gift. Think about it...

Step 1: Components

Picture of Components
  • Raspberry Pi
  • 5V Power Supply with barrel jack 5.5/2.1. I used Vigan 5V/2A.
  • 8 GB micro SD card class 10 or better
  • universal project enclosure box with good dimensions. Search for good box on eBay or in your local electronic component store. I used KP17 from (It has dimension: 143x119x33mm)
  • USB B micro male connector. I used this one from
  • Power supply female barrel jack 5.5/2.1.
  • USB A female connectrors. I took them from broken USB HUB.
  • USB A male connectrors. I took them from old USB cables.
  • Straight HDMI coupler. I used this one from eBay.
  • LEDs. I used 5mm green and 8mm red
  • small push button. I used this one from
  • piece of universal PCB
  • small piece of plywood or something usebale as spacer
  • srews and nuts M3, some spacers
  • female pin header
  • red and black wire. I used AWG 24.
  • four-core cable. I took it from an old USB cable.
  • power switch (optional)
  • and USB game controllers. I like USB SNES-like controllers.

This is great! I love how tiny and portable it is. :D