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Build of the week: there's a new Mario soon so here's a Nintendo PC

Every Monday, Build of the week highlights a unique rig from the web’s most dedicated PC building communities. 

It's-a me, the man that writes about strange computers once a week to pay for food and rent. There's a new Mario this week, which I'm sure the PC crowd will emulate within a few weeks after release and follow up with a slurry of troubling Mario mods for every fetish. It's-a me, a cease-and-desist notice, a-legally and a-morally. (Please delete your Leather Daddy Mario sketches.)

What better way to acknowledge Mario's return than with a computer in the shape of an old Nintendo. But instead of being the size of an old Nintendo, it's big! A Bigtendo, you might say if you made the thing and were part of Random Design, a team of modders that, through a spark of foresight and technical ingenuity, knew exactly what kind of PC the people would want on this, the week of Mario's return.

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The craftsmanship, as is typical with Random Design, is top notch. To acknowledge Bigtendo's PC DNA, there's a tranluscent panel up top for viewing its guts with ease. There's even a big NES controller with functioning buttons attached to the thing capable of playing old emulated games along with the latest and greatest. It's a computer imitating a lesser computer in a larger shape. Man sees an image of himself, his consciousness splits into two, the observer and observed. This split self is a paradox, impossible to resolve. The man's life is torturous, pained by innumerable attempts become whole again: Bigtendo.

Check out the video for more on the build process and to see the Bigtendo in action. 

Bigtendo components: 

Mobo: MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon
CPU: Intel i5 6600k
RAM: TeamGroup 32GB T-Force Night Hawk
SSD: TeamGroup L5 Lite 240GB
PSU: Kolink KL-700M
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Mini
Water cooling parts: Thermaltake 

James Davenport

James is stuck in an endless loop, playing the Dark Souls games on repeat until Elden Ring and Silksong set him free. He's a truffle pig for indie horror and weird FPS games too, seeking out games that actively hurt to play. Otherwise he's wandering Austin, identifying mushrooms and doodling grackles.