There are two options to use when running the system, either an xbox 360 in order to play newer games with better graphics such as TEKKEN or a computer running MAME to play old style arcade games such as PACMAN, I will get into all of this at a later stage.
The frame is made from super wood, its strong but easy to cut with a jig saw. I bought 4 pieces, each 1800x600mm cost around R500 (~$70)
I purchased two Xbox arcade joysticks from the market (probably not real Microsoft product but they work just as well), they were really cheap compared to other joysticks out there ,R250 each (~$35), and they work on Xbox as well as a windows PC since they are both Microsoft.
The screen is the more expensive part but its completely your choice as to which size (depending on your price range) you would like to use. I found a good deal on a 23" LCD so thats the one i used. Any monitor with the right serial port will work. its easier to use one that has built in speakers, if not they can be added later on.
cable monitor to Xbox/PC (VGA) (R150 ~$20)
PC or Xbox
arcade joystick controllers x 2
Other materials/tools you may need:
paint(any colour you choose)
screws(long enough to get through the thick wood)
printer(for the marquees)
strip of LED's (for visual effect)
speakers(if monitor doesn't have)
Step 1: Design
Measure twice cut once.