I have recently got the urge to make another Dedicated Emulator PC, basically something that's got a lot of horsepower and sits next to my living room TV and allows me to enjoy classic Console/Arcade games from the comfort of my sofa without having to dig out my precious collection of real hardware. I'm aware that Emulation will never replace original hardware but that's not the point, this is going to be a gigantic project and probably take months to get my head around but it's going to be fun and rewarding to see the final piece.
I have previously posted videos of simple Emulator boxes I have made in the past; these have now been sold to fund the new project.
Acer Revo R3610
Acer Revo RL70
In comparison to the new project, these machines are quite basic in both specification and operation. The purpose of this thread is to document as much as I can about the project as I have been contacted hundreds of times about the above videos and asked how it's done. So let's begin...
I have been collecting components of the last few weeks and this will be the final specification of the hardware
Intel Core i3 3220 3.30GHz Socket 1155 3MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Asrock H61M-ITX H61 Socket 1155 onboard graphics CPU required 8 channel HD Audio mini ITX Motherboard
Bitfenix Prodigy White Case
Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Ballistix Elite Memory Kit CL8 1.5V
Sapphire Technology AMD Radeon 7770 HD 1GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI
Corsair Hydro Series H60 2013 model High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Seagate 2TB BARRACUDA 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache
Corsair 60GB Nova Series 2 SSD - 2.5" SATA-II - Read 270MB/s Write 240MB/s Affordable Performance Upgrade 3YR Warranty
Corsair 430W CXM Builder Modular 80 Plus Bronze PSU 3 Year Warranty
Extras: Side Window Panel for case, 230MM BitFenix Spectre Pro Fan
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Just waiting on the Corsair SSD (I bought it a year ago but recently RMA'd it) I will probably start the build tonight and post some pictures. But to start off, here is most of the kit from a few days ago...
I have previously used Maximus Arcade for a frontend, but it's a bit simple. For this build Iím going to get to grips with HyperSpin as it's a lot more impressive. I also haven't decided on a control method as of yet. I used to roll with wireless Xbox 360 pads, but I want something a bit special for this setup.
The PC will hopefully emulate the following...
Nintendo Game Boy/Color/Advance
Nintendo Virtual Boy
Sega Genesis/32X/Sega CD
Sega Master System & Game Gear
Sega Model 2 & 3
Sony PlayStation 2
Taito Type X, X2
MAME (Inc. Cave SH3)
SNK Neo-Geo CD
SNK Neo-Geo Pocket/Color
& M.U.G.E.N, Streets of Rage Remake Final, PC Arcade Ports (House of the Dead 2 & 3, Outrun 2006 C2C)
Until next time...