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dansalvato
Boise, ID

by dansalvato posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:22 pm

Hey everyone, I thought I'd share my own recent C64 build after feeling inspired seeing the others. I'm an Amiga guy but finally decided to venture into C64. I have a specific brand of "purism" where I like to use the original chips but everything else is fair game. Because of that, I chose the C64 Reloaded for this build, as it allows me to do that.

Parts:
  • C64 Reloaded MK2 (with power cover for C64C case)
  • Pixelwizard C64C Case - Retro Black w/ blue LED and metal keyboard mounts
  • MechBoard64 w/ Blue switches (nice and clicky!)

Accessories:
  • 1541 Ultimate-II+ (Black)
  • RetroTINK 2x (for video capture/output)
  • Monster Joysticks Clear Mini Monster Kit

Here is a picture of the inside of the case, probably nothing you haven't seen before.
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I liked the look of the blue LED, but I also like the irony of blue LEDs not having been invented until the 90s.
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And here's the whole family.
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Since the RetroTINK 2x can output 240p, I wanted to send it to my OSSC for better upscaling, but I think I failed to get it to work last time I tried. (Update: I did get it to work, but picture quality was not improved.) So I use the RetroTINK's built-in 2x upscaler to get 480p and still have quite a nice image. I enjoy coaxing the best image quality possible out of old hardware. I think I remember reading that the C64 Reloaded didn't require LumaFix, but I still have some minor vertical banding. It's also possible the OSSC would help rectify that.

Here are some direct screen captures from the S-Video port on the C64 Reloaded sent through the RetroTINK 2x.
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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:38 pm

Gorgeous! Thanks for posting the pics. I have a nearly identical build, and I just LOVE the Mechboard combined with the MK2.

The only "hit" is the lack of the user port supporting WiFi modems. For such a gorgeous keyboard (I can actually type with this 64, which frankly was very difficult for me previously) it lightly crushes me I can't dial into my favorite BBSes with it. But other than that? Yeah - it's awesome.

I went with the yellow Gatreon switches, and I'm very happy with them. Extremely responsive with minimal effort and very accurate.
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dansalvato
Boise, ID

by dansalvato posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:48 pm

Thanks! Speaking of wi-fi, it sucks that the 1541 Ultimate II+ still doesn't support RR-Net (to my knowledge), but you reminded me that I also got an RR-Net MK3 from icomp along with this board. So I removed my 1541 Ultimate (RR-Net MK3 goes in expansion port) and used an SD2IEC instead. Loaded some terminal software and I'm online! Way easier than Amiga TCP/IP. :lol:

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rpiguy9907

by rpiguy9907 posted Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:43 am

Superb! Love this setup!
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obitus1990
New Orleans, LA, USA

by obitus1990 posted Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:12 pm

Awesome stuff there. Did you make the joystick yourself as well?
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dansalvato
Boise, ID

by dansalvato posted Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:08 pm

obitus1990 wrote:Awesome stuff there. Did you make the joystick yourself as well?

The joystick is a kit from Monster Joysticks that doesn't require any special machining or parts to put together, it only requires a screwdriver. So "assembled" would be a better way to put it than "made". It's a great joystick though, I'd highly recommend it over any of the ones that were made in the 80s or 90s.
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dECKARD

by dECKARD posted Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:28 am

Nice :-) Did you try to capture with a Elgato HD60S Device & RetroTink?
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fxgogo

by fxgogo posted Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:48 pm

Very slick result. Love the black case.
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3D-vice
Germany

by 3D-vice posted Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:37 am

dansalvato wrote:Thanks! Speaking of wi-fi, it sucks that the 1541 Ultimate II+ still doesn't support RR-Net (to my knowledge), but you reminded me that I also got an RR-Net MK3 from icomp along with this board. So I removed my 1541 Ultimate (RR-Net MK3 goes in expansion port) and used an SD2IEC instead. Loaded some terminal software and I'm online! Way easier than Amiga TCP/IP. :lol:

The Turbo Chameleon 64 cartridge from iComp supports the RR-net. I've put a RR-Net MK3 into my Chameleon and it fits and works flawlessly. Also, the Chameleon emulates the 1541 very well, like the 1541 Ultimate II.
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