Ok I'm putting my next project in here to ensure it gets built
I want to try and have it done by mid January, so I can use it at my birthday
I plan to make a MAME machine pretty similar in size and shape to my previous jukebox, a bit deeper and maybe higher, but with same width. I don't have anywhere to sit a full-size machine, and the tabletop will be a perfect size for storing and use.
I still have a 2 player control panel from the batch that Heath kindly organised to be cut for me last project, so I'm also planning to use that.
Have 2 joysticks I have previously bought from Danny, so that's good. May need some more buttons yet - not sure if I have enough or not of decent enough quality.
Scored myself a free IBM 17" LCD off a mate, so that will do for the screen, 20" would be better, but free can't be beat!
Got an old P4 3.0Ghz from work, threw 4GB ram into it, should be enough for most normal MAME-ing duties. Also has built in graphics and sound. Just have to grab a cheap power supply for this now. have a 60gb laptop drive that should suffice for now too.
Will just used a set of cheap 3-5W PC speakers for sound, as it shouldn't need massive noise like the jukebox.
What sort of games can a P4 handle? Obviously not street fighter etc, would a better video card help?