Step 4: Conceal everything inside the cabinet

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This step will vary depending on the size of your cabinet, size of your PC and monitor etc...

Basically, you shove all the components into the box.

I had to take my PC out of it's case and mount the components into the cabinet. There is a surge protector inside that the PC, monitor, speakers, and marquee light all plug into. I connected this surge protector to the male power plug that sits flush with the outside of the cabinet. I also put a rocker switch that turns the surge protector on and off. This way, one switch controls everything.

Add USB ports at this point. You can use a USB extension cable, just plug one end into the PC and leave the other end exposed for access outside the cabinet. The PC I used had an external USB control board, so I used that instead.

I made a Nes controller port that works with the PCs parallel port. There are plenty of instructions available for this online. It would require another instructable unto itself, so please look it up. Once the ports are wired up to the PC, leave the ends exposed at the back of the cabinet.

For speakers, I just took apart a set of desktop speakers. I installed them next to the marquee light, facing downward toward the screen. Be sure to drill several small holes in the wood that the speakers will be facing.

Connect a small fluorescent light kit and mount behind the marquee.

For the marquee design, I just printed out the logo I wanted and sandwiched it between two thin pieces of plexiglass.

Get the monitor in the exact spot you need and bolt it down.

Once all of this is done, test it out and if you are happy with the results, install the control panel and the plexiglass over the monitor.

For the bezel around the monitor, I used a sheet of plexiglass and spray painted the edges to hide everything except the viewable LCD area.

Mate thats awesome!! thanks heaps for the great instructions. One thing though, with the rocker switch that turns on and off the power to the surge protector, did you dismantle the surge protector and just extend off from the existing switch. I feel competent with electronics and electricity however if I can get away with it I would prefer not to delve into changing or hacking into any of the mains power stuff. For that reason I used an existing pre mounted fluro and I actually found a powerboard with the male pc style adaptor already on it (they are used for server style UPSs). I guess I can always just switch it on and off from the wall as I can't think of any other way to do it without hacking the surge protector itself. In any case this is an excellent project thankyou heaps!!
Where can you get the software to run the games?
LOL just get an emulator, search off google i like the web site emulator zone i have a nes sega gennesis and others i just use it sometimes
tabby8225 years ago
Where did you get the marquee?
turtleshane5 years ago
where did the mother board come from? and how do you program the machine?
mnbouchet5 years ago
 Possibly the coolest thing I have seen in a while. Great job, keep it up :)
what would you say the price range for this project was?
russelljwr6 years ago
Great project!!!! You inspired me to do my own. Could you tell me what size screen you used?? Thanks Jesse
icedturtle6 years ago
How old was the desktop that your ripped the motherboard out of?
Compaq Evo P4 motherboard i guess 2004 ish?????
theghoul1006 years ago
Hi - this is a quality project - i need to see more - can you tell me wheree you housed the psu and hdd for the pc? Also - i can't find a lot about wiring my nes ports in to the serial ports on my pc - any ideas? - appreciate any further help or pics especially if you have any. cheers
ronmaggi6 years ago
Wouldn't it have been easier to mount the monitor with the vesa 100 holes on the back? That way you wouldn't have to worry about the monitor shifting when you move it around.