Gamer builds Frankenstein Nintendo Switch out of replacement parts

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Rather than play the waiting game or pay a premium on a third-party marketplace, one enthusiast decided to build his own Switch.

Imgur user sarbaaz37 outlined the process on the image sharing site. Outraged by the high prices that scalpers were charging for systems on sites like eBay and Craigslist, the user told friends he could build one for less money out of spare parts… so they commissioned him to do just that.

The entire process took a little over a month which included time to search for inexpensive sellers, bid on parts and wait for them to be delivered from China. The total bill of materials was just $199 – even less than the cost of a retail Switch without markup.

As mentioned, the build log has been posted over on Imgur but note – it’s not for the faint of heart. You’ll need at least a decent understanding of electronics and perhaps a bit of luck to be successful (hopefully none of the used parts you source arrive DOA).

In the end, sarbaaz37 said it was worth it in the end as it was a fun project that kept him busy during the quarantine without breaking the bank.

Masthead credit: Kelleher Bros, all others via sarbaaz37

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Probably easier starting from a broken one - someone is tossing.
Reminds me I have a broken arcam receiver sitting in my garage - replaced it as needed at the newer codecs . hdmi crap as well - but for music had a wonderful sound - for me 100% black background - just starting making raspberries - I assume it is just a capacitor to be replaced - should yank it out - I'm an essential worker but my business is screwed for the coming months :)