first of all please excuse my English as it is not my first language. As long time reader of German computer magazine c't I was inspired by an article about building a virtual pinball a few weeks ago. After browsing this forum, viewing a few videos on YouTube and playing Virtual Pinball myself I decided to build my own pinball. The first choice was to buy an old machine and use it as basis for my project, but I realised two things: I don't have enough spare money to buy a 37" or 40" LCD TV. And I don't have enough room in my apartment for a full-grown pinball cabinet.
After burying my plan (and playing Virtual Pinball for a week) I reconsidered my options and decided to build my own pinball cabinet on a 3/4 scale. My woodworking skills should be sufficient for this task. On the down side I have to buy pinball legs, buttons, ball shooter and so on. Having most of the hardware of my old PC left I just need an 27" LCD monitor as playfield. Because I don't want to lose warranty I have to build the cabinet wide enough to contain the LCD with its housing. Further I decided two use just one monitor for backglass and DMD so I won't have to buy another monitor and graphics card.
To get a sense of the dimensions of the cabinet I built one out of cardboard (and huge amounts of tape). The result after two hours of work can be seen in the pictures (the black areas represent the LCD panels). The dimensions are 440 x 890 x 800mm (w x h x d) or 17.5 x 35 x 31,5 inch. Although I think I should plan for a wider back box ;-)
I'm planning to use the following hardware. Any thoughts about the configuration?
Computer (running Windows XP SP3):
- Gigabyte MA770-UD3 motherboard
- AMD Phenom II X3 720
- Scythe Samurai ZZ cpu cooler
- 2GB Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400
- Palit GeForce GTS 250 512MB GDDR3
- 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD
- Forton 350W ATX 80+ power supply1
- 2 x 120mm Revoltec blue LED fan
- 2.1 PC speakers (don't know which yet)
- I-PAC 2 interface
- Iiyama ProLite X2775HDS-B1 (27" MVA panel 1920x1080)
- Fujitsu-Siemens P20-2 (20" PVA panel 1600x1200)
When I got the LCDs (hopefully before weekend) I will be able to take the measurements und plan the cabinet in detail. I've seen a few posts where people have used Google SketchUp. Maybe I'll try it this time. Although my previous woodwork projects went quite well using pencil and paper.
I appreciate any comments or suggestions. I will keep you posted on further progress...
Edited by GordonSW, 05 June 2012 - 05:34 AM.