This machine took me a week to build, from scratch. It was designed and built for my 3 year-old twins.
Inside is a Dell Optiplex 760 dual core 2.8GHz with 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 17" Dell ultra-sharp LCD display, two (2) seemingly-indestructible genuine arcade joysticks and buttons with ZERO delay or push-button response timing, high-powered stereo speakers, clear plex Street Fighter II LED illuminated marque, blue halo-accent LED illumination and everything else is built out of pre-finished white MDF board panels - the power button is wired directly to the Dell computer to keep the computer remote and out of sight, as well as the LED light strips are directly hard wired into the computer's power supply to keep extra power/cords to a minimum...
Everything is independent of MS Windows/computer interactions, including using the mouse and keyboard; EVERYTHING is programmed/wired to be a stand-alone arcade machine. Just hit the power button at the top of the machine and everything will power up straight into the Games menu; from there, you can choose a game from the list - when done playing, and to save power/energy, just hit the power button at the top again to power down the machine - THAT'S IT!
These are just some of the games inside [of course, more consoles/games can be added and configured to your liking at your own convenience]:
Capcom Vs. SNK [Neo-Geo], Teenage mutant ninja turtles,,Super Mario Bros., The legend of Zelda, The Simpsons 2 and/or 4 Player, Galaga, Ghosts n goblins, Metal Slugs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, X, Plus, Ms pac-man, Sonic the hedgehog 1 and 2, X-men vs street fighter, X-men: children of atom, Kung-fu, The king of fighters, Tetris, Tekken 1, 2, 3 etc, Super Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III & 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 2 & 3, Raiden project, Raiden Fighters 1 & 2, Mortal kombat 1, 2, 3, etc., Marvel super heroes vs street fighter, Marvel super heroes, Galaxian, Contra, Commando, Astro fighter, Altered beast, Spy Hunter, Rampage, Rampage World Tour, 1945 and many many more...
Here are some TRAILERS for inspirations!!! [NOTE: My wife wants me to get rid of one of the machines; apparently, I got carried away building too many - so, one of these machines is FOR SALE, if anyone is interested]...
Step 1: Design, Planning & Wood-working
The design/planning/modeling was drafted with CorelDRAW and Google Sketch-Up, then printed out as patterns for wood cutting... You'll need the following to complete the project!
- 3x 1/2" x 24" x 48" sheets of MDF pre-finished white wood panels
- 1x 1/4" x 24" x 48" sheet of MDF pre-finished white wood panel
- box of 1" screws
- box of 1 3/4" screws
- 2" x 2" wood posts to cut for inside framing/assembly
- melamine white edging
- heat gun - craft tool
- white and blue LED strips [from Amazon]
- Computer [keyboard/mouse for configuring the consoles/joysticks/buttons/etc] - anything Dual-core with 2GB RAM and 80GB HDD minimum for optimal Emulator performance
- 17" or 19" LCD display
-clear Plex for marquee graphics
- printed graphics
- 12V amplifier to hook up the speakers
- wires 18 gauge
- 2 1/2" hole drill bit for speaker holes
- 2-player arcade joysticks and buttons kit [eBay]
- all the wood-working tools
- and LOTS LOTS LOTS of time and patience...