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Cheap/used Computer for Mame/Hyperspin Cabinet.

bbm4l1fe 1,553 802 December 20, 2015 at 01:19 PM
Hey y'all... I am building a bar-top arcade cabinet, I was planing on using an old laptop...but that isn't going to work... So I need a older PC....I will be removing everything from the case..
I am only planing to run hyperspin/mame so no real need for a power house...
You guys have anything in mind? I want to show my daughter all of the arcade classics that I grew up with...
Please help... I am kinda out of my comfort zone here...Embarrassment

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You really need to set some more parameters in terms of hardware or in terms of cost. If the question is "what's the best PC I can buy for $300" it's easy to answer. Similarly "what's the least expensive i3 machine I can buy" is also relatively easy to answer. "what machine should I buy for my MAME cabinet" is too open-ended to likely produce fast answers.

Do you want to build or buy? A year ago your ticket would have been the g3258+motherboard bundles that were available, add a CM hyper 212 evo, some RAMs, and an SSD or HDD and you'd be cooking. That deal isn't really available in the same fashion so the answer is not so easy. These days you're likely to have to sacrifice cost or responsiveness at least a little bit.

Your answer also depends on how much MAME stuff you want to load up. Are you hoping to load up all the games and the laserdisc images and everything? That needs like half a terabyte, IIRC. If all you want to do is have a dozen games installed that's a different story and you could more easily go for an old Core 2 Duo machine.

If you want to buy, go on eBay and do some filtered searching, like this:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/PC-Deskto...=1&_sop=15
or for more pwar, like this:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/PC-Deskto...=200&rt=nc
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Quote from aackthpt View Post :
You really need to set some more parameters in terms of hardware or in terms of cost. If the question is "what's the best PC I can buy for $300" it's easy to answer. Similarly "what's the least expensive i3 machine I can buy" is also relatively easy to answer. "what machine should I buy for my MAME cabinet" is too open-ended to likely produce fast answers.

Do you want to build or buy? A year ago your ticket would have been the g3258+motherboard bundles that were available, add a CM hyper 212 evo, some RAMs, and an SSD or HDD and you'd be cooking. That deal isn't really available in the same fashion so the answer is not so easy. These days you're likely to have to sacrifice cost or responsiveness at least a little bit.

Your answer also depends on how much MAME stuff you want to load up. Are you hoping to load up all the games and the laserdisc images and everything? That needs like half a terabyte, IIRC. If all you want to do is have a dozen games installed that's a different story and you could more easily go for an old Core 2 Duo machine.

If you want to buy, go on eBay and do some filtered searching, like this:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/PC-Deskto...=1&_sop=15
or for more pwar, like this:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/PC-Deskto...=200&rt=nc

Thanks for the post rep'd
I decided to start with raspberry pi and retro pi...
Till I get sick of it and want more power...
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Thanks for the post rep'd
I decided to start with raspberry pi and retro pi...
Till I get sick of it and want more power...
Thanks!

RetroPie's a good idea - the price is certainly right. I'd probably try it out if I had fewer projects working already.

Now I'm going to feel guilty that I didn't pick up another X-Arcade stick during BF. Unfortunately I've gotten interested in getting a setup for Assetto Corsa, so into the rabbit hole I have again gone.
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