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Advice on inexpensive PC to run arcade cabinet

acjgoblu
  • 53 months ago

Looking for advice on a build for an inexpensive (ideally $200 or less) PC to run an arcade cabinet that I'm building. I'll likely just be putting the components directly into the cabinet, so no tower needed, just parts (processor, motherboard, memory, and power source). A graphics card (or, more likely, integrated GPU) would be necessary as well, but my understanding is that most emulators do better with maxing out processor clock speed as much as possible and only require a fairly basic GPU. Motherboard would ideally be a MicroITX, as there's not a lot of space in the cabinet.

I'm hoping to emulate mostly older games (nothing more recent than early 2000's), so this doesn't need to be anything fancy. I'll run this off of either an old version of Windows I have lying around or possibly Linux; either way, OS not required.

Any advice would be much appreciated, especially if anyone has ever build for this purpose before. I'm new to building computers but thought this would be a fun project to try it out...

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7600 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $80.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock FM2A68M-DG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $185.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-23 18:22 EST-0500

Something like this?

Needs a hard drive though which would be like another 30-50 unless you have one laying around

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks like an awesome start. I would need a hard drive though. Any thoughts as to whether the AMD A6-5400K would work well for this setup? Has a faster clock speed and onboard GPU and would save some $$$...

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it would prob do alright but its not as good overall. Though it should run those games just fine

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