It's been a while since I've seen an up-to date parts and kit list for a Game Boy Zero so I thought I would share mine and hopefully help out a few newcomers along the way.
I see a lot of questions daily such as:
'What USB hub should I use?'
'What should I use for sound?'
'What battery is the easiest to use?'
I've also seen people refer to Wermys original videos, mention ferrite beads etc. and generally seem confused about how to get going or if some of the original (and totally awesome ) guides are still valid.
So why not try and answer these in once place?
There are a fair few variations possible in order to achieve a completed build and having had experience with a few of these variations (AIO boards, PWM audio, Powerboost / generic PSU etc) I have finally settled on my build preference and 'standard' parts list. Shout out to Veteran Gamer and Jermzz here - both these guys produce really top notch build work and have inspired me in recent months with my own builds
I've also honed in on the exact tools I need to complete one of these so I'll share these too.
Nothing is going to be revolutionary if you've been in the community for a while but that said, hopefully it will help a few of you who aren't too sure on a particular element, perhaps.
I'm not saying this is the best way to build a GBZ, but it's certainly what I would say is achievable and non-reliant on AIO boards or parts that are difficult to acquire. These parts are fairly easy to acquire and quantities are not in short supply.
In my opinion, Kites SAIO / CSO are the best options for the ultimate Game Boy Zero - these rely on his amazing AIO boards however which as as you will most likely know are only offered for sale in batches (Be sure to sign up for notifications on the next pre-order) and so are not readily available all the time.
My build count for Game Boy Zeros is currently up around 16 and I'd estimate that the last 7 I've built have included everything I'm about to list.
Firstly, some pictures to show everything I use with the exception of my Dremmel, step-up drill bit and Drill. These are fairly generic but just to give you an idea, here they are anyway:
1) Dremmel - https://www.bunnings.com.au/ozito-170w- ... t_p6290175
2) Drill - https://www.bunnings.com.au/ryobi-one-1 ... t_p6210735
3) Step-Up Drill Bit - http://market.sudomod.com/step-drill-bi ... ole-drill/
Game Boy DMG01 Shell
Raspberry Pi Zero W - Commonly available (usually 1 per order).
Pi Heat sink
Gearbest 3.5; Composite Screen + Board
Gearbest 3.5; Composite Screen + Board Screen Surround - Jermzz
Simple Button PCB by Helder
4000 mAh Battery
5V Generic Boost Module
Boost Module Heat sink
USB Breakout (taken from USB hub listed above)
DPDT Power Switch
3D Printed Screen Bracket by Hoolyhoo
Power Strip PCB by Helder
DC Charge Barrel
16GB Micro SD Card
Original / Aftermarket Game Cartridge Shell
Cartridge Shell Sticker by YaYa
Game Boy Button Membranes These often come with the DMG shells themselves or for custom colours I use: Deadpan Robot
Game Boy Buttons
Tactile Switch Caps
3M VHB Tape
USB to DC Charge Cable (3.5*1.35mm)
Glasses Cleaner and Cloth
63/37 0.8mm Leaded Rosin Core Solder
Liquid Flux Pen.
Tweezers - came with solder station
Respirator Mask - Local Hardware store.
Steel Wire Iron Cleaner
Nail File - I just got 2 disposable ones from a beauty shop.
Scissors - Kitchen drawer?
Sharpie - Available everywhere.
Glue Gun - Local hardware store
Epoxy - Local hardware store but I find the self mixing Locite ones are easiest and cleanest to use.
Scalpal - craft shop.
Snips - Toolbox
Silicone Wire - Multi Coloured (30AWG)
Mini Screwdrivers - Tri Wing and Phillips
3DS XL Case
I will edit this post over next day or so to include hyperlinks to all of these items
Here are a couple of my most recent builds:
As requested, here are some build internals: