The Terasic DE-10 Nano board (the computer of the setup)
I believe I originally paid $160 for this but now it’s up to $215 (as of this post).
All the parts below can be ordered for VERY low costs from AliExpress. If you want to use U.S. sellers, I provided links below along with descriptions and pictures of the needed parts. I also posted a MiSTer setup guide here.
- Terassic DE-10 Nano FPGA
- 128MB SDRAM
- MiSTer IO Board
- CPU Fan
- CPU Heatsink
- MiSTer USB Hub
- Micro SD Card (64GB recommended); and optional – you can put games on a thumb-drive
128MB SDRAM. This is necessary for most Console and Arcade cores. Should run you around $62. Most can run with 32MB SDRAM but 128MB is necessary for Neo Geo. If you are on a budget, you can use just the SDRAM, the Terasic DE-10 and an USB Hub you have laying around.
MiSTer FPGA IO Board (version 6.1). Approximately $54. Use this board to connect to a VGA monitor (optional), line out for audio (analog or digital), built-in CPU fan to cool the FPGA, hardware reset and other buttons, and an IO port for using real console controllers (Nintendo, Genesis, etc).
Noctua NF-A4x10 5V, Premium Quiet Fan. Around $14. Mounts on the IO board.
Speaking of cooling – you will need a heat-sink. This one is around $10 but if you order overseas, you can get it for less than half that.
MiSTer USB Hub, which is totally optional but very necessary IMO. Priced around $47.