Custom Atari 2600 PC is epic

Posted by Shane McGlaun

The 80's were all about video games for me, especially after my dad brought home an Atari 2600 for Christmas.

I've made sure to keep the same gaming tradition alive with my son, albeit on modern game consoles like the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Still, I can't help feeling nostalgic, and I carried that Atari 2600 around with me for many years before it disappeared forever during one of my many moves. So yes, every time I see one of those old toggle switch equipped, fake wood grained machines, well, I'm just transported back to the magical 80's.

Custom Atari 2600 PC is epic

Interestingly, a company called Hard Drives Northwest recently created what may be the coolest custom PC I've ever seen. If you're a child of the 80's like I obviously am, this mod will certainly appeal to you. The custom computer boasts modern hardware crammed inside the retro plastic and fake wood grain enclosure of the Atari 2600. Frankly, I think this would be the perfect computer to play those browser-based video games Atari and Microsoft have teamed up to code.

. Specs? The PCs are powered by an Intel Core i7 processor running at 3.4 GHz and include an SSD for storage.

Apparently, an early prototype experience a number of significant issues with heat management - so an extra pair of case fans were added behind the slot where you would've slipped your video game cartridge back in the day.

Fortunately, the computer has all the connectivity you expect from a modern machine, including an Ethernet port, dual USB 3.0 ports, dual USB 2.0 ports, dual eSATA ports, D-sub, dual DVI ports, a DisplayPort connector, HDMI output and analog audio connectivity. Additional specs? 8 GB of RAM, 120 GB of storage and a Radeon HD 6570 video card.

And yes, all those old-school toggle switches remain for controlling the PC power and functionality. That signature you see on the front of the machine in the photo above is of Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell.

Personally, I would love to have one of these things, although only a limited number of systems are actually being produced.