The ULTIMATE DIY Arcade Machine Guide

  • Published on Jul 10, 2017
  • Gaming PC getting old? What if we told you that instead of trashing it, you could make it into a BALLER home arcade setup?
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Comments • 3 788

  • Daniel Silva Conrado

    respect for the crt in the build

  • Donkey Kong
    Donkey Kong 2 days ago

    Just finished doing this with a sitdown Mario Kart arcade cab

  • RedZZambie ,
    RedZZambie , 3 days ago +1

    you could of just used a rasberry pi 3.................................

  • 2SlowMusic
    2SlowMusic 5 days ago

    have y'all successfully gotten sega Model 3 emulation to work?

  • Gaming Tuff
    Gaming Tuff 6 days ago

    3:05 100% Legal ✔

  • Raiverns
    Raiverns 8 days ago

    I absolutely need to know linus's favorite arcade system hardware

  • Nathan Shepherd
    Nathan Shepherd 9 days ago

    What are the cabinet dimensions?

  • Roberto richardsen
    Roberto richardsen 11 days ago

    i like the marqee on the side (aka the side sticker art) ;-)

  • Alexander Limpin
    Alexander Limpin 12 days ago

    What?! No light gun!

  • MinecraftMike
    MinecraftMike 18 days ago +2

    >i5 2500
    them's fighting words boi.

    16 BIT FIGHT CLUB 19 days ago

    that fighting game had huge black borders? Might need to configure your screen options?

  • jaren McFarland
    jaren McFarland 20 days ago

    Sorry Alanis but you kind of suck can you just please quit being so annoying and plus my dad's wife smarter and he's just kind of better and my dad actually knows how to build a computer so you can learn a thing or two from him

  • Jeff Davis
    Jeff Davis 20 days ago


  • AP AP
    AP AP 23 days ago

    Made sure I kept my old CRT. Still works to this day.

  • Ben Cunningham
    Ben Cunningham 27 days ago +1

    i like how u had to buy everything twice

  • Billy Evans
    Billy Evans Month ago

    In the arms of an angel.....

  • Lord Glo
    Lord Glo Month ago

    I’m making an arcade cabinet and it’s no easy task definetly not for minors to attempt

  • Phat Nipol
    Phat Nipol Month ago

    can it run GTI club ?

  • jeffry fernandez
    jeffry fernandez Month ago +1

    Been using Mame for almost 20 years. My 22 year old daughter can destroy you or any in your clan at Robotron, Rally-x, or Tetris 64. My son could destroy you at Mappy, Foodfight, and Congo Bongo.Maybe I can beat you at Mr. Do. maybe.
    We use The Tank Stick by X-Arcade. Unfortunately there is no spinner.
    But I must mention that your spinner is good for Tempest but worthless for Frontline (Taito), Tron, and Commando.
    Also tell everyone to use x32 instead of x64. The best emulators use x32 with DOS command line.

  • Sharkey Mods
    Sharkey Mods Month ago

    pffft Linus childs play (Only one Place for Ulitmate Arcades - , But love your work dude

  • daniel beebe
    daniel beebe Month ago

    fun vid, but not exactly a guide. mentions scripting, but never explains why, and glosses oner electrical interfacing

  • K1LG0RE
    K1LG0RE Month ago

    Nice work, although conventional. I'm in the process of building mine (finally!), and even though my budget is very limited, the one thing I'm absolutely adamant is an auto-rotating monitor. Vertical games are meant to be played vertically, or not played at all.
    I have a question: I'm using a telly (through SCART). Scaling demands compromise, but I'll see if I can hack it to set the geometry on the fly by software. However, I must say that the results are fantastic, even with the scaling issue. How does your monitor look in terms of authenticity? I read from many places that those multi-frequency monitors render rather poorly at low arcade resolution (which is what you will use 99% of the time for 80's and 90's arcade classics) and are just good for 31khz VGA.

  • Absolute Thinker
    Absolute Thinker Month ago

    lol. No copyrighted material was used here. Pack Mister and Street Conflict. lolz. House of the Recently deceased. HA HA

  • Jay Brooks
    Jay Brooks Month ago +1

    Rgb output would be more accurate.

  • Petabyte Studios
    Petabyte Studios Month ago

    What happens when the CRT dies?

  • Majs Korv
    Majs Korv Month ago

    Why do you even need CRT?

  • Axis
    Axis Month ago

    Which part is the ULTIMATE part? How do you play Pole Position on that? Or star wars? Road Blasters? Tron? Hard Driving, etc?

  • Axel Smith
    Axel Smith Month ago

    Another awesome build.

  • MixoNat
    MixoNat Month ago

    holy bubble batman at the giant bubbles on the side art.

  • Matthew Billings
    Matthew Billings Month ago +1


  • nathanniel Lok
    nathanniel Lok Month ago

    PSA commercial

  • Honza Mikan
    Honza Mikan Month ago +13

    Linus: You're breathtaking

  • Santino Joshua Torre

    z77 board as an arcade emulator. ouch. that's even better than the z77 board i'm using. haha

  • christopher williams
    christopher williams 2 months ago +1

    dude I am still using intel i5 2500k in 2019
    thanks to my parents being not so well off =((((((((((

  • Jessie James
    Jessie James 2 months ago

    Anyone try calling that number?

  • BK_Deltor
    BK_Deltor 2 months ago


  • Dorian Oddi
    Dorian Oddi 2 months ago

    The more I watch these videos the more I realize just how weird a PC guys world is. You game, hack, live an anti-social life, love to posts comments expressing your hate for Apple and couldn’t get laid with a woman that isn’t a also a weird nerdy gamer like yourself. That is of course if your getting laid at all.
    PC users: We feel sorry for Apple users
    Apple users: We don’t even think of you at all

  • arham gaming and more!
    arham gaming and more! 2 months ago

    It's working to play a wangan midnight and initial d arcade stage?

  • Stavros Spartalis
    Stavros Spartalis 2 months ago

    Yeah that was my project a long time ago. I wonder how long it took team LINUS to make the old hardware ''see'' all those buttons, sticks, trackballs etc. That must have been a feat of its own.

    I actually went and found an old original NBA JAM 4 player cabinet that I was planning to cannibalize to fit all the extra buttons and sticks, which was up for sale for next to nothing. But when I opened it up and realized how much work I'd have to do with the harnesses to wire everything up, let alone to make one of my old CRTs fit inside, I decided to buy a PANDORA's box instead. Yeah It's not accurate and far from perfect but it gives me my old school arcade fix whenever I need it. Eventually I plan to upgrade all the buttons and sticks to SANWA and hopefully fit a RASPBERRY PI in there.

  • Madman12
    Madman12 2 months ago

    Hey Linus where did you get the monitor bezel? I have the same arcade cabinet and the bezel I have is a bit short and shows the wood around where the plastic bezel should be if you can send me a link so I can get the same one that one you have fit perfectly.

  • Luka Duka
    Luka Duka 2 months ago +1

    What a intro

  • GamerZ026
    GamerZ026 2 months ago

    The intro got me in tears

  • zero hero
    zero hero 2 months ago

    I liked this video the moment I saw this sad intro.

  • Uriel Moreno
    Uriel Moreno 2 months ago

    Make these to go, that you can connect to your Tv and other tv's, etc seriously, I Have no more Space, lol
    Sell on Amazon as well
    Oh, Always Always make Sure to add Turbo Controls and the VS Controler separate from 1st Player for more Space PLEASE Please
    See Ya'll Later

  • Brandon SDA
    Brandon SDA 2 months ago

    lol dat intro

  • SimpleGamingF2P
    SimpleGamingF2P 2 months ago

    my personal pc is worst than your lol. i5 2400,hd 6970,8gb ram

  • Xavier Earnst
    Xavier Earnst 2 months ago +2

    surprised you haven't been butchered by the cops yet.
    edit: but can it run Crysis?

  • im the derpy
    im the derpy 2 months ago

    Watches video while ripping cd ROM out of pc

  • oasisbeyond
    oasisbeyond 2 months ago

    Pac Mr is one of the greats!

  • Callum Rutherford
    Callum Rutherford 2 months ago

    It's sad my cpu is in this system

  • cattigereyes1
    cattigereyes1 2 months ago +1

    Interesting now you should have shown every step to build!!! Urrggg

  • Be Raiden
    Be Raiden 2 months ago

    Yo is that center joystick and wheel to play tron?

  • vDosc UV7
    vDosc UV7 2 months ago

    Legally obtained ? You mean you didn't use the neighbors WiFi to download unlicenced ROMs ?

  • Allen West
    Allen West 2 months ago +1

    You can also install Retropie Pi on Ubuntu Linux desktop OS !

  • Endor 66
    Endor 66 2 months ago

    Why the hell did you order trashy offbrand buttons from the uk? You can order the same offbrand shit from ali express for a fraction of the cost or you can order actually good parts from places like without paying overseas shipping

  • Maverick's Arcade
    Maverick's Arcade 2 months ago

    ANDY is freaking awesome! Got to hang out with him when I went to London for work! LOVE IT! When I was watching and you said that it was scarce I was like hell no talk to Andy, and I was so happy to see that next screen LOL

    • Maverick's Arcade
      Maverick's Arcade 2 months ago

      Seriously though, special software for 4-way to 8-way, why not give Arzoo a shout-out too :-)

  • WhatEver405
    WhatEver405 2 months ago +10

    "House of the recently deceased"

  • OneBoredCatbug
    OneBoredCatbug 2 months ago

    Well I mean, you can't even play around 90% of these games through other means anymore, also pretty nice for broke people, I see no reason why this would be illegal for the games that were never re-released, I personally use it because it's less demanding on my crappy PC than the newer titles, so I play the classics.

  • Inamatus Fata
    Inamatus Fata 2 months ago

    I was looking into lightgun options for MAME. Apparently wiimotes can connect through bluetooth and only needs power for the sensor bar as it just emits light. I never had a wii, but would like to try it some time. Dolphin is also pretty cool

  • Levon Demirdjian
    Levon Demirdjian 3 months ago


  • OTT Tech
    OTT Tech 3 months ago

    is it legal?

  • phizzler5051
    phizzler5051 3 months ago

    didnt go with a wells gardner?

  • Gaston Beltran
    Gaston Beltran 3 months ago

    How to make memes :v

  • Snowypillowhead owo
    Snowypillowhead owo 3 months ago

    For cheaper you can buy a raspberry pie and get an old screen custom box joy sticks buttons and there you have it a cheap homage arcade machine

  • tanush adithiya
    tanush adithiya 3 months ago

    Man I'll love your felling for the computer. (3000)

  • ACertain RottenLuckChannel

    Reminds me of billy mitchell

  • Meow woeM
    Meow woeM 3 months ago

    ultimarc is just a few miles down the road from where i live. i've a couple of his light guns. i went with the ones with force feedback.

  • Pvt Peppers
    Pvt Peppers 3 months ago

    Yeah I bet the sticks are not working anymore. Durable but won’t last long

  • nonstop
    nonstop 3 months ago

    Here is my manual:

  • Alex Noa
    Alex Noa 3 months ago

    CRT Master Race.

  • Justin 3
    Justin 3 3 months ago

    I totally forgot about that intro

  • DigitalRanger
    DigitalRanger 4 months ago

    What, no portrait monitor?

  • Erek Reyes
    Erek Reyes 4 months ago

    This dude is a fkn idiot. He obviously is just a mouth piece and a annoying one at that.

  • Mario In Space 33
    Mario In Space 33 4 months ago

    Thats awesome tho

  • Gaming Revalation
    Gaming Revalation 4 months ago +16

    They could of brought a raspberry pi and install retropie or download retroarch on pc and hook a controller or what ever u want