Little backstory. One of my friends (Thanks Jesse Cardenas!) gave me one of these since he happened to have three of them. Little note to anyone who has never had one, they are heavy as hell.
I decided to put a J-PAC board in there so that I can hook up a MAME PC with a modded video card so that it be displayed on the 320 x 240 CRT. The setup was pretty ghetto. I had a tower sitting on the right side and PC speakers bolted to the outside. Well one day lighting struck and fried the PC and CRT. As mentioned before, that damn thing was too heavy to haul anywhere and throw away so I decided to fix it. Well when I took the CRT out, I noticed that there was a LOT of room where it used to sit. Then I pondered to myself, “Hey, I can fit a PC and LCD with all this room!” So I researched some LCD’s that fit the dimensions that were now offered to me and now I bring to you GAF, my ghetto HD Mame cabinet!
First thing’s first, I need to spec out a PC that would be fast enough for SF4AE. I opted for an Intel i3-3225, 4GB of RAM, ASRock Mini ATX B75M-DGS (comes with SATA 6.0Gbps for the SSD), 500W Antec, Transcend 128GB SSD, Geforce GTX 460SE and Windows 7 Pro x64. Here it is mounted on a piece of wood
And here it is mounted inside!
Here is a picture of the power button and speaker control along with the USB ports rigged to the side of the cabinet. (another USB has been added since then)
I added two fans. One on the right next to the video card
And one on the back
I gutted the power supply of the JAMMA cabinet and it was responsible for the light of the marquee. So I had to buy a new light shown here
What’s cool about this light was that it was mounted on that white of wood that came off fairly easy. When I took it off, I noticed there was only ONE speaker behind there. So I ripped it off and zip tied some Logitech speakers shown here
Here is the subwoofer bolted down into the cabinet
Now with that done, I wanted to get a new marquee so I found a pic on the internet and had one custom made
I also gutted the mechanics behind the coin slot, ghetto zip tied some buttons on there and configured MAME to “insert coin” when pressed
Now with everything set, I need to mount the LCD somehow. I went to Home Depot and bought a silver metal thingy to sit the LCD on and some shelf thingies
After putting velcro on the mount and shelf thingies, I placed the LCD in and it was sturdy and stable!
To hide the unsightly surroundings of the LCD, I made the cover out of thick styrofoam paper
And here is the finished product!! I also put in LED buttons for bling factor. The buttons look brighter than they should be since I took the video in the dark