Slik Stik (now defunct?) cabinet with four 8-way joysticks and 7 buttons each. The trackball and spinner are recognized by the OS as additional mice/mouses. The black joystick is a dedicated 4-way to play early 80's games the way they were meant to... although it's a little out of the way.
The display is a real arcade 27" multi-sync by Wells Gardner (D9400). Audio is piped through a bass unit inside the cab and two cheap but great Sony Xplod SX-R1311 5 1/4" 160 watt speakers just underneath the marquee.
Everything's driven by an Intel Core2Duo E6300 overclocked to 2.45ghz paired with an ATI x700. By late 2008, you can get this combo with mobo and accessories for $250 or less. If you only want to run MAME, you can get by with just a little more than enough RAM to boot your OS. It doesn't need much. This one has just a couple of gb so some of the other emulators and media apps can run a little better.
OS / Software:
MAME v0.127 with some of the popular patches like high score, and no nag startups, were compiled 64-bit and ran on Windows XP x64. This gives a pretty consistent boost in performance in MAME. I originally tried to run Vista x64 instead but I'm running Soft15Khz (please donate to sailorsat!) to drive the monitor at old arcade resolutions and 15khz refresh. It replaces the need to have a vga to jamma video or arcadevga video card. Unfortunately as of this writing, soft15khz does not work in 64-bit vista.
The front end is MALA with MAME, Atari 2600, Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Master System, Genesis, and Sega 32X for emulators. I won't go into each of the emulators but they're essentially the popular ones ppl are running. Stella for 2600, Nulldc for dreamcast, etc. Video and photo snaps are from emumovies dot com
Check out my mini-arcade cabinet via an iCade, iPad, and MAME at:http://www.youtube.com/watc...