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 Post subject: Frosty's next project!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:02 pm 
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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?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Top stuff frosty! The inboard graphics should be fine for the old school arcade stuff, a reasonable graphics card would help with the more demanding games such as SF etc. look forward to seeing progress! I should put some pics of my latest I suppose, slack bastard I am :mrgreen:

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What would class as a reasonable video card Big?


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I've got an x1950 pro in my main cab, handles everything. Current gen options would be ati 6850 or nvidia Gtx 560. Those range from 150 to 250. Previous gen cards would also suit but they're a bit harder to track down.

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Thanks mate! Time to hit Overclockers and see what they are charging for older cards :)


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 Post subject: Re: Frosty's next project!
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Well, got the control panel and motherboard out, and some MDF - measured & marked it all up, then discovered that the spare PSU that I had was a crappy old one that didn't have the proper cables to fit the newer type modern boards lol....so into the bin it went! I'll get an el-cheapo somewhere in the next few weeks :). I pick up the screen next week, and then I should be able to start properly.

I'll decase the monitor and make sure it will fit where I want it, and then I can see for sure how deep it needs to be to fit the motherboard in.
Also grabbed a Thermaltake 120mm fan, should allow a ton of airflow.


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 Post subject: Re: Frosty's next project!
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Good stuff Frosty, keen for some pics when you get to that point.

Decasing monitors is so friggen easy now! I should do a vid to show just how easy it is.

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Decasing monitors is so friggen easy now! I should do a vid to show just how easy it is.


Yes please! Any hints you can give would be much appreciated.

BTW its an LCd, so I presume its a piece of piss?


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Lcds are easy and all are pretty similar. First check the back and base for any screws and remove them and take the base off.

Then, lay the monitor face up and get a grip on the top middle bit of the bezel. Using a bit of pressure pull the frame of the bezel up and out and the first of the clips should give way after that. Then you just pull the whole thing off. Check for anything holding the control board in place as it could be attached to the front or back of the casing. Once this is free you should have no trouble lifting the panel out.

I have to decase one tonight so I'll film it and post it.

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Cheers mate thanks


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