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 • 4 038

  • Mario In Space 33

    Thats awesome tho

  • Gaming Revalation
    Gaming Revalation Day ago +1

    They could of brought a raspberry pi and install retropie

  • Theo Schneider
    Theo Schneider 5 days ago

    I use hardware lile this in my gaming pc in 2019 💩

  • Cody Kish
    Cody Kish 5 days ago

    I get the error dbus.exceptions. dbusexception: org.bluez.error.notavalible: operation currently not avalible.

  • The Albatross
    The Albatross 6 days ago

    Why not just raspberry pi though?

  • Conner H
    Conner H 7 days ago

    For the front end you should have used bigbox/launchbox

  • hilmi dwiputranto
    hilmi dwiputranto 7 days ago

    AI has feelings too, stop computer abuse

  • psovegeta
    psovegeta 7 days ago

    I purchased one of those arcade machines from Walmart before they stop carrying them but when I get my home, hopefully with a garage, I want to build my own cabinet too.

  • Michael Sartore
    Michael Sartore 10 days ago

    Sum Ting Wong

  • Spookymedic Aka Brandon
    Spookymedic Aka Brandon 10 days ago +1

    I’ve been planning to build my own

  • Wayward Pony
    Wayward Pony 11 days ago

    Legal software, yush, but is it legsl to use the Pokemon evolution jingle like that? ;)

  • josh otis
    josh otis 11 days ago

    I want to see it with a pie single board

  • jason wilbur
    jason wilbur 13 days ago

    I've got lakka on an asus tinkerboard ...16 gig sd card ...hook a 250 gig laptop drive to it n have 21000 games ps1...psp...I hafta use wired controllers but wanting to make an arcade cabinet out of an older monitor and pc stereo with a woofer ...the tinkerboard is 2gig ram quad arm at 1.8ghz ...I have a latte panda I'm debating on using but don't think I will because can do much more with it ...but gonna be a jankey build but ill love it ...n love the vid man!!

  • Ponlets
    Ponlets 17 days ago

    why is it that no matter what i do i can never make this work with my PC
    i do everything properly and yet it never works
    where do you get the games

  • WillDuhFoh
    WillDuhFoh 18 days ago

    RGB Buttons
    *R* eally
    *G* hetto
    *B* uttons

  • RapidFire Muzik™
    RapidFire Muzik™ 19 days ago

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 at that intro #oxfam

  • Stuart Sherman
    Stuart Sherman 21 day ago

    Hi Linus and Team. Awesome video. Greatly appreciate the link to the rgb buttons and joysticks. Would you provide the RGB part model numbers used for all the buttons, joystick, and the trackball. Any light you could shed on this would be greatly appreciated.

  • Hugo Frog
    Hugo Frog 21 day ago

    Looks like an all dressed pizza. Everything is there but it kinda got no taste.

  • Azmedon
    Azmedon 28 days ago

    I made one of them but using a raspberry pi, might have to try thing one :)

  • Shiv Kumar Sharma
    Shiv Kumar Sharma Month ago

    You should make an instructable each for all of your projects. Would be very helpfull.

  • smg4 shigaraki
    smg4 shigaraki Month ago

    I thoght the start of the vid was a ad

  • Jezreel Del Rosario
    Jezreel Del Rosario Month ago +1

    It's now 2019 and unfortunately, those trash PCs from japan are being sold here in the Philippines for $100-250 per system unit. Like wtf, it's so sad to admit that we Filipinos doesn't have an idea on what electronic obsolescence means. Hope you could read this linus. 😢

    • Jezreel Del Rosario
      Jezreel Del Rosario Month ago

      +madmax2069 nope not china, majority of electronic trash here in the Philippines came from japan. China only exports substandard products here in the Philippines such as fake clothes, shoes, watches, smartphone clones etc.

    • madmax2069
      madmax2069 Month ago

      WTF are you even talking about.
      Japan? Don't you mean China

  • Dhruva Navale
    Dhruva Navale Month ago


  • TD Playz
    TD Playz Month ago

    I live in Canada

    GREEN WAFFEN Month ago +1

    Ты молодец! Ты очень грамотно рассказал, как и что надо сделать, я давно об этом думал, как это в оплатить в жизнь, но были проблемы, ты описал как их устранить! Спасибо! :) Good job! You told very competently how and what should be done, I had been thinking about it for a long time, how to pay for it, but there were problems, you described how to fix them! Thank! :

  • TheSystemGuy99
    TheSystemGuy99 Month ago


  • Ingwie Phoenix
    Ingwie Phoenix Month ago

    I want my own arcade...but I dont have the space in my apartment :(

  • LunatiC OnE
    LunatiC OnE Month ago

    Can't stop myself thinking that he is gay.

  • Rick's Review
    Rick's Review Month ago

    I love this build, however none of you were even born when these games came

    but great looking Arcade game!

  • SkelyStorm
    SkelyStorm Month ago

    Only for 399.99€

  • RPCS Studios
    RPCS Studios Month ago +1

    Out of ALL the other mame cabinet builds THIS is the most understanding one I've found

  • mike ez love
    mike ez love Month ago


    • JakeDaSpud
      JakeDaSpud Month ago

      mike ez love The retron5 has 9 consoles built in, and there’s an adapter for another 3 types of games

  • Hardcore Video Gamer

    See those poor computers broke my heart so I decided to call the phone number you gave but, when I called the phone number it was disconnected. What is the name of the organization? I am doing my part in my community by converting my computer into a custom arcade box.

  • Kyle Harris
    Kyle Harris Month ago

    "Ultimate DIY Arcade Experience"
    Purchases non-arcade-standard hardware for RGB.

  • Sharkey Mods
    Sharkey Mods Month ago

    just finished a 4k Arcade Machine for customer over @SHAR-KADE
    The Ultimate Bartop Cabinet 4K Gaming Machine
    A OTT Machine
    complete with :
    I7 8700K
    GTX1080 TI
    16GB G-SKill Trident - Z DDR4
    250GB Samsung 970 m.2
    10TB Hdd
    ROG Strix z390i Motherboard
    DarkPower Pro 750w PSU
    LEDPAC (LED Blinky) and MORE

  • HoldShiftt2Run
    HoldShiftt2Run Month ago

    Oh yeah, Street conflict. Really brings back memories.

  • Jack Brooks
    Jack Brooks Month ago

    3:06 love the Manchester City Jumper.

  • hugo heikkilä
    hugo heikkilä Month ago

    8:10 almost got a panick attack ! dont EVER do that again !

  • Service Account
    Service Account Month ago

    not much of a do it yourself. more like a "do it themselves" project with the amount of people working on this. maybe the title should say look what WE did.

  • SammytimGaming
    SammytimGaming Month ago

    Then I saw another pc beginning

  • SammytimGaming
    SammytimGaming Month ago

    I just saw a guy in a add about pc building

  • Damo2698
    Damo2698 Month ago

    I have never thrown an electrical device away

  • Ryan22504
    Ryan22504 Month ago


  • Bridgette Pancake
    Bridgette Pancake Month ago

    Alexa this is so sad

  • Novice Music
    Novice Music Month ago

    7:44 Sees Dennis looking like a gangster, that is one mad Asian

  • Black Toy
    Black Toy 2 months ago

    So you only have mame? On my previous arcade cabinet i had 80 emulators and multiple versions of certain emulators to run everything as good as i could) I even configured and tested every mame game. Some are listed as not working but test them all. Maybe only player 2 is working on the us releases but a certain japanese version might do the trick. Or maybe you need to temper with the dipswitches a little. i would say that 90 to 95% of the mame romset is playable. Some with minor glitches. (use the latest version of mame with the latest romset and do all the updates) But please use better emulators if you can because mame is crap. A very fast dual core with a good graphics card (for some tekken games)and 8 gb of ram. A linux or a windows xp 32bit (and for certain newer games on nintendo consoles you need a 64bit). Use paragon to access your your roms on apfs or hfs formatted disks. Hyperspin is the best frontend but also the biggest and most complex to set up). It's very important to have all your data double or tripple so that you don't lose anything.

  • Pusheen VIII
    Pusheen VIII 2 months ago


  • Michael M
    Michael M 2 months ago

    I love LMG but for a better DIY arcade go see I like To Make Stuff.

  • Glass surgeon Denson
    Glass surgeon Denson 2 months ago

    sideways biatches. lmfao that was great. great build to btw.

  • OLA24
    OLA24 2 months ago

    does anybody have so safe/decent websites for mame roms

  • tvbox 69
    tvbox 69 2 months ago

    ************* I spent hours downloading the .202 rom set to use on the latest version of MAME (mame0202b_64bit), yet most of the roms do not work. What is wrong and how can it be fixed? ******************

  • bnerd1
    bnerd1 2 months ago

    if i will make a arcade cabinet i will put a crt and a pc in it the software is recallbox or bigbox because i want to play Naomi and laserdisc games and it will be 4 players and only arcade games

  • Donte H
    Donte H 2 months ago

    “Street conflict”😂

  • invest smart
    invest smart 2 months ago

    So what your telling me is that if i did this and put a coin door on it and made money from it, i couldnt be sued?? Lmao im gonna be the next soulja boy

  • the nogolem
    the nogolem 2 months ago

    You can synch on Green in rgb.... ON A CRT.

  • Ab C. Def
    Ab C. Def 2 months ago +5

    The specs of the PC they used were overkill for just running M.A.M.E. though.

  • Thefakenoob The Commenter

    That looks almost the same as mine before the vid

  • richard klegin
    richard klegin 2 months ago

    becareful about putting your name on an retro mecheine like this sojar boy is in trouble for this

  • J C
    J C 2 months ago

    god I hate this guy , he is so stupid

  • Tragedy Music
    Tragedy Music 2 months ago

    Best into ever

  • Zenborath
    Zenborath 2 months ago

    After seeing the Craigslist ads I find it pretty cool, that you're in my area.

  • Oliver Michael
    Oliver Michael 2 months ago

    "legally obtained software"
    my arse

  • Harry Thompson
    Harry Thompson 2 months ago

    6:03 someone had fun with Mugen or is a dang good programer.

  • t.s.
    t.s. 2 months ago

    You call this setup old? I'm still using g31 mainboard with core2duo. Are you kidding? If I have an i5 pc I can conquer the world.

  • The Aggressive Canadian

    I’m in the process of building an arcade machine with the YMCA of Canada and mame is absolute hell

  • BuLLetIN 47
    BuLLetIN 47 2 months ago

    Why not use retropi

  • Ricardo Melendez
    Ricardo Melendez 2 months ago

    Ah yes "street conflict" my favorite.

  • James F
    James F 2 months ago

    That feel when you watch someone burn though cash like its toilet paper.

  • Nishant Agarwal
    Nishant Agarwal 3 months ago

    Wonderful stuff

  • Thamas Bell
    Thamas Bell 3 months ago

    Did you ever look into Hyperspin? neat project

  • Cyber Maniac
    Cyber Maniac 3 months ago

    #rasberry pi

  • latengocomoburro
    latengocomoburro 3 months ago

    And after $7000 later....

  • Zeke Rivanian
    Zeke Rivanian 3 months ago

    Just saying, these intros are getting out of hand with how hilariously awesome they are.

  • Paddy Mc
    Paddy Mc 3 months ago

    DIY is a bit misleading... Like, you bought a cabinet kit... That's probably the hardest part of the whole process, making a cabinet that looks good, has the right proportions and can hold a big tv...

  • Mikael Guggenheim
    Mikael Guggenheim 3 months ago

    After checking the prices for the parts used in this video (if bought from the links) I think I might just as well throw away my old computers. Seriously. If you can afford that you can just as well afford buying a complete arcade machine.

  • Flex Tape Kittee
    Flex Tape Kittee 3 months ago

    Lmfao that intro is beautiful

  • undeadbobop
    undeadbobop 3 months ago

    Retroarch isn't open source as a whole it jurry rigs other legitimate emulators with MANY DIFFERENT LICENSES. Most of the emulators they choose as "cores" are not open source at all. They use GPL3.0 without actually reading the license and understanding GPL 3.0 licence is not compatible with any of the emulators meaning it actually violates the terms of service it uses. Many people including my self pointed this out to retroarch when they attempted to go after hyberkin for using their software claiming they were not following the GPL how they understood it which they clearly did not understand what a GPL actually is for both commercial and non-commercial use and permission isn't needed as it is in the license.

  • Vinny V
    Vinny V 3 months ago +25

    RGB = Really Gay Buttons

    • josh otis
      josh otis 11 days ago

      Hey man you can't beat the amount of radiation for the watts LOL there is a cathriod in it bad spelling sorry

    • WillDuhFoh
      WillDuhFoh 18 days ago

      I would say “Really Ghetto Buttons

    • HoldShiftt2Run
      HoldShiftt2Run Month ago +1

      RGB only ever looks good when it isn't overused.

  • Vinny V
    Vinny V 3 months ago

    Funny how people that throw out there old PCs once said that it was there best build. This is why I hate PC elitists. Retro gamers like myself however respect the older consoles.

  • Bran_Ho
    Bran_Ho 3 months ago

    If me I will keep my pc like forever or I make it into a labtop to pc and change the CPU and processor

    PARTH PATEL 3 months ago

    Background sound of captain America brigs nostalgia

  • Reggie Singh
    Reggie Singh 3 months ago

    this is so sad

  • Brian Thomas
    Brian Thomas 3 months ago

    LOL!!!! To much man. I love this guy!

  • WY
    WY 3 months ago

    What size was the crt ?

  • BennySGB
    BennySGB 3 months ago

    Voice crack at 9:53 btw. Haha

  • Sergeant Seven
    Sergeant Seven 3 months ago

    the ting go skrrrrraaaa

  • Vincent Laurensius
    Vincent Laurensius 3 months ago

    *"Street Conflicts 3, and Pac GentleMan is my favorite game back then"*

  • Paige Morrison
    Paige Morrison 3 months ago

    If I got a monitor that was kinda old and looked like that, and plugged another games console into it (my switch etc.) And made it into an arcade machine would that be cool? Or no
    Thing is I don't have the money for an arcade machine😂💀

  • Aren Southall
    Aren Southall 3 months ago

    maybe you could try running fightcade on it linus, it is an amazing emulator for arcade games with added online functionality

  • Spencer Welch
    Spencer Welch 3 months ago

    Love the T.A.R.D.I.S. on the shelf.

  • Rome Russell
    Rome Russell 3 months ago

    You could've gotten a cheap rasberry pi, there is also this software called retropi which you can use to create your own arcade system... With a rasberry zero you could make a gameboy, just need a small screen which you can buy on several sites. Rasberry pi's are very simple and easy to use especially with a project like this.

  • NuUnlimited
    NuUnlimited 3 months ago

    Should have got sanwas

  • Boojakascha
    Boojakascha 3 months ago +3

    Linus, you got a few points false here:
    - You could have used your GunCon2. You don't need composite, but composite sync. That's included in your Luma and you could have take it from the appropriate wire. If you desired so, you could have used a sync stripper.
    - You did not buy Act Labs USB gun. As the name tells you it has an USB connector. You bought the non USB "GS", game port edition. Multiple editions exist.
    - Some old light guns do not need a CRT. They react to light in general.

  • Jad Saleh
    Jad Saleh 3 months ago

    no Sanwa parts REEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Oh yea
    Oh yea 3 months ago

    I will take any computer pls I would like pls

  • [GM] Executioner
    [GM] Executioner 3 months ago

    AVGN would love this

  • Lemon MODz
    Lemon MODz 3 months ago

    Sooo why didn’t they just use a raspberry pi 3 or zero w
    The pi 3 cost $30
    And the zero w cost $10

  • Roy Munson
    Roy Munson 3 months ago

    Came here for the ultimate DIY guide for arcade machines, instead I got the DIY Guide for the ultimate arcade machine. Not the same thing. Any chance you can put a build guide together that doesn't require sourcing and building a custom control deck, one-of-a-kind and impossible to find monitors, pre-built (aka expensive) paneling, and free accessory throw-ins that every day people wouldn't receive?

  • Allinsson Almonte
    Allinsson Almonte 3 months ago

    Wow this dude is annoying,