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Project:: Arcade

Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet

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Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 14.08.2010
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The brains

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

Ok, so the first idea was nice but once I gathered all the computer hardware that I would need, I noticed that there would not be enough room inside the cabinet for it all. Well, there might have been but I decide to make it so that I could use regular graphics cards instead of slim ones. Originally I was planning on using integrated graphics but this way the cabined can be used to play even modern games like StarCraft, WoW etc.

Basically what I did was I took a barebone computer from Asus apart. It was a Micro-ATX system with 3 GHz P4 CPU. 1.5 gigs of RAM and 350 gigabytes of hard drive space would have to do. 250 Watt PSU came also from the same donor setup. Wireless LAN is handled by the Mvix's Nubbin.

As a screen I selected a 15" monitor from Samsung. It had been sitting in my closet for years so it was nice to finally find some use for it, as you know that I want to recycle old hardware as much as I can. It offered the 4:3 image ratio and it works a lot better with those old emulated games than these new wide screen monitors. Many of the games back then were vertical and the higher screen space makes it nicer to play those titles.

 

The extension

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

To make more room inside the cabined I decide to make an extension rather than cutting the new side pieces. I figured that I could use these new pieces for more than just add more room to the cabinet.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

I wasn't quite sure at the time how much weight there would be sitting against that back wall, so I make extension for the lower back too. As screws I selected track bolts to make the surface smooth.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

And here you can see why I decided to make the extension. I planned it so that it could support the TFT screen against the back pieces. This and the fact that it gives me more options when choosing the coloring of the cabinet later.




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