DIY Arcade System

Want to build your very own arcade system? Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make your own high-quality MAME (multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) system by Todd Moore:

There are many factors to consider--You could drop $3,000 and buy a complete arcade system that plays maybe 100 games, or you could assemble your own for about half the price and play thousands of games. The choice was an easy one for me.


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I just use an old xbox and tv inside a home made cabinet. Probably cost me $200 in supplies (including the $30 xbox off eBay) from home depot. I still need to get the "arcade" joysticks for it.

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I agree with Sid. Looks like Todd just bought pre-built items and just put them together. My MAME machine probably only cost $600 to build that has everything but the trackball compared to his set-up.
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Wow, you can do it a WHOLE lot cheaper than $1500. I've got about $350 into my setup built from (new) parts purchased off Ebay. Maybe his price includes buying a dedicated computer, though... MAME rules, especially for aging teenagers of the 1980s like myself.
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