The ArcadePC does not need any modifications when it arrives, however, I decided to add a few. Today's new computers are running hotter and hotter. So the first thing I did was improving ventilation.
For starters, I needed a 115V AC to 12V DC converter. I
went to Radio Shack and bought one for $30, and also picked up a little power distribution
Next, I had to cut the holes. I ordered a 5" hole saw,
and cut a hole in the back. Boy, am I glad I started in the
back! 5" was a tad too big. 4.5" is the proper choice.
A word to the wise: Don't buy cheap tools.
Using the 120mm
grill as a template, I drilled holes in order for the 3"
bolts to slide through. Putting it all together looked like this:
I then added some new t-molding with lip from t-molding.com.
But the scary part is cutting a notch out of the main cabinet sides so that the new control panel will fit better and eliminate the gap.
Well, I set up a guide and used a Skillsaw jigsaw. Ugh. I should have known better. That cheapo Skillsaw has kicked my butt more than once! It's one of those pivoting jigsaws where the blade can turn in place to make intriquite cuts. Well, it tends to wander because it doesn't lock perfectly. Additionally, the blade flexes too much and you can see the horrible results even with a guide rail!
Well, a router is definitely the right tool for the job. The cuts are now done properly. Router was also used to cut the slots for the t-molding.
I made some custom wood brackets out of maple. The 3rd picture shows my gap filler peice. I use this in between the control panel and bottom of the monitor. It took many hours to come up with this mounting solution, but the end result will be an arcade machine with a simple 90 degree mount for the control panel.
I modified the control panel to mount to the arcade cabinet, not the other way around. 4 draw clamps and turnbuckles are used to pull it in nice and tight. Additionally, the wood blocks prevent the control panel from sliding left to right and up and down. I used some electrical tape on one of them to fine tune the tightness of the fit.
All the parts finally arrived and I spent hours planning, drilling, screwing, and wiring it up. 6 joysticks, 2 spinners, one trackball, LED lighting, hundreds of quick release connectors, lots of zip ties, hundreds of feet of wiring.
Ahhh... MUCH better :)