Building A MAME Arcade Cabinet At Home


I have had an older computer lying around for some time now. It’s an old Intel Celeron based 2.4Ghz CPU with 512MB RAM and rather than throwing it out or selling it (might as well give it away) I’ve decided to give it new life and build an arcade machine. The feeling of going back to arcade classics like street fighter, Pacman and others and getting to play them from an arcade machine would be really great. I could store it in my garage and the sound I’d hear as I started it up is getting me excited already!


There are plenty of home DIY arcade cabinet project sites out there so I have no shortage of resources online and it will be much more satisfying to build the cabinet myself rather than purchase an empty arcade.

I’ve got the plans I’ll be using to build the cabinet:

And will be referring to this guy’s website in which he documented in great detail his home arcade project as it took shape:

Based on the drawings above and the experience I’ll get out of reading from other builders I should be able to put something together that is really great. I plan to get a nice marquee printed and I’ll wire up a control panel myself.

The great thing about this project is that there are quite a lot of arcade stores and home DYI video game places in Melbourne I should be able to find plenty of people to ask questions, get equipment, buttons, T-moulding, etc.

Once completed, I plan on painting it black with fluro-blue T-moulding to run along the outside of the cabinet to give it a real 80’s retro look.

I should be able to start the project next week, just need to scrape together the funds to start it but once I do start next week I’ll post photos of my progress as I go.

A few other links I’ve come across in my research so far which will help me in my quest:

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