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New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« on: September 05, 2017, 05:39:36 pm »
Hi guys!

Just joined the forum as I've recently started venturing into building my own arcade cabinet.  I got into tinkering with Raspberry Pis and thought I could turn it into a (relatively) cheap arcade build project.  Haven't made too much progress so far other than getting a few plywood boards and appropriate tools to cut the sides of my future machine, as well as ordering an X-Arcade Tankstick.  I figure this will be a work-in-progress for a while, as I'm piecing it together as my budget allows.  Here's what I'm planning on using for now:

-3/4" birch plywood for the main cab
-RPi 3 for the main board (Possibly a PC in the future, but I live in Arizona and I fear the heat will destroy it)
-27" monitor for the screen (Still shopping around, nothing fancy but low-latency preferred)
-At least a 2.1 home theater receiver for the audio (Could use recommendations for 8-ohm speakers)
-I will be rewiring an old DVC car subwoofer to 8-ohms that I hope I can use with the receiver, but I assume I will run into problems
-Lighted marquee
-Coin slots
-Fans in the top and rear

I wanted to do this so I could have some gaming sessions in my garage whenever people visit, and just to be able to say I did it myself.  Any recommendations/tips/"don't-do-thats" would be appreciated!

 

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 05:50:04 pm »
Here are the sides I've cut.  Still need to round some corners and the edges.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 12:20:37 pm »
So I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but this little project seems to occupy my brain every waking moment..

-What would be the best way to decorate the outside of this thing?  I've been reading that paint on plywood is not the best option.  I was thinking of a NeoGeo theme but I feel it wouldn't look right with the Tankstick setup.  Then I thought a Street Fighter III theme, as that is one of my all-time arcade favorites.  How would I go about this?  A vinyl wrap, or laminate sides?  I really don't have a clue where to begin on this.

-Mounting the monitor.  I'm looking for a screen with VESA compatibility, as I figure a mounting bracket would offer some flexibility for adjustments as opposed to bolting it to a backboard.  Also, where can I find a trimmable bezel for flat-panels?  Should I get a plexi overlay, and where is a good place to find those?

-Should I bother routing the edges for a rounded look, or go with T-molding?

Thanks guys, I'm eagerly awaiting Friday when my sticks should arrive.  Then I can start getting the cab together once I have some precise measurements.


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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 12:22:10 pm »
Think CRT.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 12:32:37 pm »
Think CRT.

I tossed around the idea of a CRT in the design stage, but was worried about the mounting depth.  I'll probably only have about 14" at the center of the screen.  Is this feasible?

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 12:36:33 pm »


You could always do this if it doesn't fit.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 12:44:56 pm »


You could always do this if it doesn't fit.

Hmm..  Now you've got my gears working

How would I get a CRT hooked into an HDMI-based system?

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2017, 12:52:53 pm »
I almost have you.
Now ditch the Pi and get a PC.

There are multiple ways to connect a PC to a CRT.
There are many front end choices with a PC.
Emulation is generally better with a PC, though the Pi 3 I understand is narrowing that gap.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 01:08:50 pm »
Great, now you've got me re-thinking all over again.  I do have an old Dell mini-PC sitting around that I could get up and running again; however the cooling system in it is complete crap.  My biggest concern with a PC is that this cab is going to be in a garage where the temps can get to 120F.  A liquid-cooled rig would be far out of my budget  :'(

Now I'm browsing Google looking at used CRTs..

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 01:18:17 pm »
If budget is a large concern you can hit Craigslist for CRT tvs, or Goodwill. Try your friends and neighbors. The TV I use for my console games was sitting in a neighbor's basement. She was happy to be rid of it for free.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017, 02:23:52 pm »
Do it, Go CRT and PC.  You can get new fans for the Dell or Jerry rig something. Oh and nobody is really going to be playing the machine in the garage if its 120 degrees. They gonna be chilling out the pool, the fridge, somewhere with aircon  >:D (122 is 50 for those that use the other temp gauge). PC Motherboard will be fine in that temp switched off though.   

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 02:36:03 pm »
Put the PC in the house. Run a video cable and USB cable through the wall into the garage. Get creative.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2017, 02:49:02 pm »
Craigslist is great for CRTs.  I've found a few around here for $15, so that may be the way to go.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2017, 04:45:19 pm »
Craigslist is great for CRTs.  I've found a few around here for $15, so that may be the way to go.

Dam where do you live where the garage gets that hot. I have mine in my garage in Vegas. I use it at night on the weekends. I also have one of those corsair water coolers so temps are fine.


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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2017, 04:51:35 pm »
Craigslist is great for CRTs.  I've found a few around here for $15, so that may be the way to go.

Dam where do you live where the garage gets that hot. I have mine in my garage in Vegas. I use it at night on the weekends. I also have one of those corsair water coolers so temps are fine.


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Scottsdale AZ.  It's usually only June/July where it can get that high.  If I had the money to build a system with a water cooler I wouldn't be worried.  Might just fix up that Dell and run it until it blows, it's only a Core2 and it's not being used anyways.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2017, 10:23:32 pm »
I live in AZ (and work in Scottsdale) and have been doing this since 2010. The heat won't affect your cab if you put in a fan. It's all good.
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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2017, 04:26:06 pm »
I live in AZ (and work in Scottsdale) and have been doing this since 2010. The heat won't affect your cab if you put in a fan. It's all good.

I will trust your expertise on this.  A new SSD and a good cleanout should be all it needs.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2017, 05:51:45 pm »
Did some rounding on the sides.  Came out decent with the exception of a couple mistakes.  Don't have a whole lot of experience with jigsaws, but I guess I have to start somewhere.  Next stop, routing the edges and the sticks come tomorrow.

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2017, 06:00:38 pm »
About 60% done with the cab itself.  You can't really tell by the photo but despite measuring everything thrice, the pieces aren't lining up quite how I wanted them.  I'm not that worried as I'm taking this as a learning experience.  A few things I've taken away so far..

-A jigsaw is NOT a good tool for making beveled edges.
-Always overestimate slightly when measuring lines for cutting.
-This is much more labor intensive than I had anticipated, but I enjoy working out in the garage.
-Don't use X-Arcade stuff.  It would have been far easier to make my own CP than to try working around a pre-built setup.

I feel like this is probably going to take another few weeks to complete.  I still need to track down a receiver and a monitor (Sorry guys, I decided to go that route as it's easier for my first build and I have less space than previously thought). 

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Re: New member, new to cabinet design, first build coming..
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2017, 06:17:49 pm »
Do you have a coin door already?  If not, I live in Scottsdale as well and have a spare over/under I could let go cheap.  Let me know.

  
 

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