Hello guys, you have awesome and addicting forum and it is nice to join here after lurking around for 3 weeks.
I have born in 1990 so I have grown up with NES, gbc, ps1&2, DOS games following up with 32->64 bit pc games. I do not know how big role actual arcade games will play in my retro machine but please be gentle.
I am planning to build 4 player portable control panel which has 8 way joystick and 8+2 buttons for each player. 2.0 sound system, 17" flip screen from dead laptop as backup if there is no TV to connect. Inbuilt powerful pc that can run stuff like csgo, lol, wow, overwatch etc smoothly.
You may ask why so many buttons and why it should run modern games. Well, I want to play playstation games with it and it will be the pc that I take with me to LAN parties. I already have bad htpc and gtx 660 2gb laying around useless and by upgrading cpu & mobo with like 70€ I should run ps2 emulation smoothly and csgo with 150 fps.
I really need advices from you guys to order right parts, choosing the best OS, planning the panel, woodworking, artwork, setting up controls, emulators, frontend etc. Correct me if I am doing something stupid with these.
PC specs: G3258 @4.5ghz, gtx 660 2gb, 8gb ddr3, h81 or z97 mobo
I am thinking of Windows 7 or XP 32-bit version. Arcade and console emulation is easy with any OS, but it gets hard when I want to play 16 bit DOS games and modern games too. Physical address extension should fix 4gb memory limit of 32 bit system, but does win 7 and XP run old pc games just as good? Or what so you suppose?
a) 125€ for full 4 player kit including ipac 4 with wiring harness
b) 270€ for 4x Sanwa stick, 32x happ buttons, 10x non brand buttons and ipac 4 with wires.
The price difference from only ipac4 with wires to full 4 player set is only 30 euros!!
I also understood that DOS games need ps2 keyboard to work, so do I need to order my ipac with ps2 cable?
I will start to sketch it in sketchup when I get home from Thailand in 4 days. I am trying to keep it within 120cm*59cm (48"*23") which is max size for gameongrafix sticker. It will look something like this: http://m.imgur.com/a/rsWrR
but it will have screen, no trackball and button layout like: http://www.slagcoin.com/joystick/layout/cluster36_s.png
You will hate me for this, but p3p4 joysticks will be angled 45 degree as we all have grown up with playstation controllers and up and down are hard in our spines. Try to speak me out from this if you want.
I am planning to make 300 dpi photoshop pic, add my sketchup there and then break every single copyright law by slamming 1000 layers of HQ fanart of my favourite game characters from deviantart. Something like this guy did http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eMr024LEzkY/UEkroR9yEuI/AAAAAAAAAVQ/YweME9ULvRM/s1600/Arcade+CP.jpg
I am planning to use birch plywood 19mm / 3/4". I will use cp overlay as template for cutting holes. I am trying my jigsaw skills as cutting holes 4 holes for 2 fans and 2 speakers in shape of pacman, tmnt, sonic and something red, maybe toad from mario? There is some nice pumpkin templates for those in google search. Add some led lights and it should look quite cool?
Sorry for huge wall of text and bad english. Please give me your opinions what to do! ^^