Atari 5200 Guy Posted October 26, 2019 Report Share Posted October 26, 2019 Hey Atarians! I have been thinking (I know, dangerous) for a while now about trying to build my own PC based arcade machine. At least get the guts of it put together and working. What triggered that idea is the fact I found a bunch of computer parts in our dumpster. Someone threw out about 5 motherboards with processors and cooling fans still attached, a few brand name towers still loaded, and hard drives. I saved two motherboards, one of which was still in a Compaq tower. I am unsure of age but they might be newer than the other desktops I already own. I have not yet went through them yet to get a complete list of what is there but I do know one motherboard has an Intel chipset and another one has an AMD/ATi chipset. Unfortunately the one with the AMD chipset someone ripped the PCIe port off of it leaving behind all the pins. My thought is if it has video on board I can still use it if I cut all the pins down. Either that or replace the port completely. The Intel board appears physically unharmed. Both boards are from ASUS which usually makes decent motherboards. None of them have any RAM and I only managed to save one power supply. There are a couple of optical drives in the tower as well to add to the three or four I already had. Hard drives are not a problem either. I already had some older IDE hard drives of 80 GB or less and have now added two more to the army of PC parts. One is a Hitachi Deskstar (I assume IBM style Deskstar) that's 80 GB and the other is a Seagate Barracuda 100 GB. Both are 7200 RPM drives. I haven't tested them yet to see if they work or if any of this stuff works or will work. My thought is that I can use these to build at least one working MAME arcade. I'm open for suggestions and also interested how others made their MAME arcade. I'm mostly interested in arcade games up to maybe 1990. I know I'd be missing a lot but that era contains most of the game I enjoy playing the most. Also, would I really need a high powered graphics card or could I go without that PCIe port. As soon as I can I will take pics of the hardware and get a list of their features. I don't even know what processors are on them but I don't want to rip them out yet as I don't have any thermo paste at the moment. Keatah 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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