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My 1st Arcade Cabinet Build

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Usually I just call my dad if anything needs to be done ;) but I really wanted to do it all myself this time.

I have never build anything or did any wood working before, it took me a couple of months to build with a lot of trial and error, but in the end I'm very happy with how it turned out!

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Added Images + SketchUp 3D Drawing
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14 hours ago, DOS76 said:

Good Job.

 

7 hours ago, Rincewind said:

For someone that's not ever built anything you did really well, looks great 

Thanks!

If anything, I'm precise and a perfectionist (what does tends to cost me more money :| )

My 2 biggest challenges were: No visible screws and be able to take apart the cabinet if needed. I have my man-cave in the attic and would otherwise never be able to get the cab down from there without damaging it, as we're probably going to be moving in a couple of years.

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What's the specs on your computer for the arcade. Interested in building a unit similar but wall mount.

Thanks, looks awesome btw.

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On 12/25/2017 at 2:56 PM, psage42 said:

What's the specs on your computer for the arcade. Interested in building a unit similar but wall mount.

Thanks, looks awesome btw.

Thanks!

The hardware I use is:

  • Motherboard: ASUS H81M-K (Running H81M-C's Bios so I'm able to OC)
  • Processor: Intel Pentium G3258 3.20 GHz (DualCore) (OC to 4.3 GHz)
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) HyperX Fury Blue DDR3-1866
  • Video: Palit GeForce GTX 750Ti StormX OC (PCI-e, 2GB GDDR5, mHDMI, Dual-Link DVI-D, CRT, 2x GPU) (OC to GPU +135 MHz / Memory +335 MHz)
  • Harddisk 1: 120GB Kingston SSD Now V300 SATA 6Gb/s (Bootdisk OS Win10Pro)
  • Harddisk 1: 256GB Samsung SSD 850 PRO SATA 6Gb/s (Win10Pro/BigBox/Emulators)
  • Harddisk 2 : 2000GB Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DN001 64MB 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s (BigBox/Emulators/Roms)
  • Monitor: Iiyama ProLite XB2783HSU-B1
  • Speakers: Logitech Z333 2.1 Speaker System

I would not go for this setup again though, I should've researched a bit better. With this motherboard-cpu combo it is not possible to Overclock, that said, it's not entirely true, after many days searching I found one hack that allowed me to overclock the CPU but it's NOT recommended (it could have easily killed my motherboard, luckily it didn't). I flashed my H81M-K motherboard with a H81M-C bios which then finally allowed me to adjust the cpu settings, but I am still not able to overclock my memory (XMP profile).

The videocard was easy to overclock with Palit's Thundermaster software, just a little boost though, not to much.

Everything runs smooth enough to a point I'm satisfied... but it could be better!

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I actually registered to say that I love this build!  Did you come up with your own template or where did you get the measurements? I'd love to replicate something approximately the same size.  Would love to see details.

Thanks!

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7 hours ago, MxW said:

I actually registered to say that I love this build!  Did you come up with your own template or where did you get the measurements? I'd love to replicate something approximately the same size.  Would love to see details.

Thanks!

Thanks!

I did a ton of research and looked at many many many other projects, I took the measurement of the ones I liked most and tweaked them to fit my needs. I wanted my cab to be as slim as possible. But in hindsight I would have changed a couple of things for sure. For one, I would have made my control panel a little wider in depth.

Also had some challenges as I wanted no visible shrews and the ability to lake it apart. So I used magnets to hold my back panels and also for the L-profiles that hold the marquee plexiglas in place. My cab is located in the attic where my man-cave is :)! Would I have glued and nailed everything, I would never be able to get it out of the attic without damaging it, in case we move to a new house in the future! These cabs are heavy!

I made a 3D SketchUp drawing of my cab before I started. In the next couple of days I will look for those documents and I may have some more photos somewhere. I'll try and post them here later this week. I did make some little changes along the way though, which unfortunately I did not update in my sketch, but it's a very good basis.

Greets, Kevin

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On 2/20/2018 at 5:55 PM, MxW said:

I actually registered to say that I love this build!  Did you come up with your own template or where did you get the measurements? I'd love to replicate something approximately the same size.  Would love to see details.

Thanks!

Hi,

Finally uploaded some more images and the 3D schematics (made with SketchUp 2017). But beware although this is very close to the end result I did make changes along the way that I never updates in the 3D SketchUp. So if used, do not do so blindly, but double check everything!

Cheers!

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Really amazing, and great PC parts choice I think ! That little 750 Ti can handle shaders and stuff without suffering.

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51 minutes ago, Tromzy said:

Really amazing, and great PC parts choice I think ! That little 750 Ti can handle shaders and stuff without suffering.

Well I did have some performance issues in the beginning, especially with MAME. But now I have overclocked my motherboard/processor and also the 750TI (gpu/memory frequency) it is running pretty smooth. The only issue I have now is when using overlays and stuff in MAME, then I get huge lag in video and sound. But maybe that's an MAME issue, I'm not sure. When I only use bezels in MAME it all runs fine!

Cheers

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22 hours ago, jaceroni said:

Fantastic job, @Whistler NL!

This has inspired me to share my WIP. Post to follow :)

Thanks! Yes please share, love seeing others peoples work of art! Looked at a ton of builds before I made my own plans

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