After spending too many hours online looking for an arcade cabinet, I’ve decided on a Vewlix style cabinet. A VF5 Lindbergh was my alternative choice, but I like the Vewlix style better. I used Donovan Myer’s site and it’s a wealth of information. I also liked UkiyOyO’s setup. Since I’m not really handy, I’m going to have a carpenter friend build the actual cabinet.
A few of my goals:
G1. MAME, Emulators and PC games. I don’t plan on connecting my PS3, Xbox360 or Wii simply because they are already connected to a 52" TV with an awesome sound system. But I would probably move the systems once the next generation is out.
G2. Use my 2 Virtua Stick High Grades (which I never use) as the joysticks. I’m not really handy, so I’m thinking of simply creating a shelf where they can rest. This way I can simply move them aside and put a keyboard and mouse there when not playing games.
G3. Rotating screen. I like the way that the Vewlix has cutouts to hold the frame of the LCD, but I want to be able to rotate it easily for shmups. So I’m thinking about just putting the frame of the cabinet flush with the TV. I’ll use a rotating and extending TV mount for ease.
TV: I chose a LG 32LH30 since it has been shown to have very low input lag on several sites like AVS. I also like the amount of picture calibrations it seems to have.
Price: $550 from Newegg with $55 Bing Cashback
TV Mount: Sanus VisionMount MF215-B1. It allows 15" extension, 15 degree tilt and 360 degree rotation.
Price: $78 from Buy
Speakers: I’m going with a simple stereo setup using two Ascend CBM-170SE speakers. I’ll most likely add a sub, but I’m undecided. Speakers are seperate from the cabinet.
Price: $325 from Ascend Acoustics.
Speaker Stand: Sanus EF28 since they are almost the perfect height.
Price: $43 from Buy.
Receiver: Denon AVR-1610. I really like their receivers and currenly have a AVR-3808ci for my main HT. It has Audyssey room correction, which is incredible.
Price: $260 from 6Ave Electronics during their “Name Your Own Price” sale.
PC: HP Pavilion Elite e9150t
- Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor (2.66GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache with QPI Technology)
- 6GB DDR3 RAM
- 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 (Will upgrade as soon as I start PC gaming)
Price: $850 after EPP with $212.50 Bing Cashback.
I hope to have pictures once I start the project, but I wanted to start a post so that I could at least keep the information in one place. I’d be very interested in any actual suggestions or comments since I’ve never actually seen a Vewlix cabinet in person.