Bartop Arcade Supreme - Ultimate Arcade Machine




Introduction: Bartop Arcade Supreme - Ultimate Arcade Machine

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This machine took me a week to build, from scratch. It was designed and built for my 3 year-old twins.

Inside is a Dell Optiplex 760 dual core 2.8GHz with 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 17" Dell ultra-sharp LCD display, two (2) seemingly-indestructible genuine arcade joysticks and buttons with ZERO delay or push-button response timing, high-powered stereo speakers, clear plex Street Fighter II LED illuminated marque, blue halo-accent LED illumination and everything else is built out of pre-finished white MDF board panels - the power button is wired directly to the Dell computer to keep the computer remote and out of sight, as well as the LED light strips are directly hard wired into the computer's power supply to keep extra power/cords to a minimum...

Everything is independent of MS Windows/computer interactions, including using the mouse and keyboard; EVERYTHING is programmed/wired to be a stand-alone arcade machine. Just hit the power button at the top of the machine and everything will power up straight into the Games menu; from there, you can choose a game from the list - when done playing, and to save power/energy, just hit the power button at the top again to power down the machine - THAT'S IT!

These are just some of the games inside [of course, more consoles/games can be added and configured to your liking at your own convenience]:

Capcom Vs. SNK [Neo-Geo], Teenage mutant ninja turtles,,Super Mario Bros., The legend of Zelda, The Simpsons 2 and/or 4 Player, Galaga, Ghosts n goblins, Metal Slugs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, X, Plus, Ms pac-man, Sonic the hedgehog 1 and 2, X-men vs street fighter, X-men: children of atom, Kung-fu, The king of fighters, Tetris, Tekken 1, 2, 3 etc, Super Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III & 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 2 & 3, Raiden project, Raiden Fighters 1 & 2, Mortal kombat 1, 2, 3, etc., Marvel super heroes vs street fighter, Marvel super heroes, Galaxian, Contra, Commando, Astro fighter, Altered beast, Spy Hunter, Rampage, Rampage World Tour, 1945 and many many more...

Here are some TRAILERS for inspirations!!! [NOTE: My wife wants me to get rid of one of the machines; apparently, I got carried away building too many - so, one of these machines is FOR SALE, if anyone is interested]...

Step 1: Design, Planning & Wood-working

The design/planning/modeling was drafted with CorelDRAW and Google Sketch-Up, then printed out as patterns for wood cutting... You'll need the following to complete the project!

- 3x 1/2" x 24" x 48" sheets of MDF pre-finished white wood panels

- 1x 1/4" x 24" x 48" sheet of MDF pre-finished white wood panel

- box of 1" screws

- box of 1 3/4" screws

- 2" x 2" wood posts to cut for inside framing/assembly

- melamine white edging

- heat gun - craft tool

- white and blue LED strips [from Amazon]

- Computer [keyboard/mouse for configuring the consoles/joysticks/buttons/etc] - anything Dual-core with 2GB RAM and 80GB HDD minimum for optimal Emulator performance

- 17" or 19" LCD display

-clear Plex for marquee graphics

- printed graphics

- speakers

- 12V amplifier to hook up the speakers

- wires 18 gauge

- 2 1/2" hole drill bit for speaker holes

- 2-player arcade joysticks and buttons kit [eBay]

- all the wood-working tools

- and LOTS LOTS LOTS of time and patience...



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    Awesome. I want one. X-men vs. Street fighter.

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    Cool - where do you live? maybe you can come by and pick one of our family machines up this week?! text me if you're serious and i'll send you some pics - 562-413-0336 - i'm in Riverside, CA

    Visit my site - or follow me on instagram @themacguru if you'd like to see my stuff ;)

    I didn't see anything beside finish bartops. Thanks but I'll just hit up haruman....

    Go to my website:

    Unless I am missing something, this is more of and advertisement than an instructable, as I don't see any "instructions"....

    Optiplex 760 is $200, joysticks/buttons are $80, $60 for the wood panels - 2" x 2" square wood posts - screws/nuts/bolts, white & blue LED light strips are $15, 17" monitor is $40, $15 for the speakers, labor and time configuring the software/emulators to work properly is ridiculously TREMENDOUS... thus far - we're looking at a total of about $400 - that's without labor/time.. so i'm looking at a reasonable price of $850 for the machine - this is why the makers of these machines call it "LABOR OF LOVE" - it is priceless... :P hope you understand..

    How about just for the wood panels along with the screws and i just put it together?

    sure! i'm working on finalizing the design and currently coordinating with a sign shop to have these pieces cut for me so I could share my design for a reasonable price - the pieces will work like a puzzle, where the grooves on the side panels will match up with the middle/body pieces for easy assembly - so if you're serious about buying a set, let me know - email me directly so i could reserve a set for you...

    $199 for the basic model - easy self-assembly

    $299 for the premium model - easy self-assembly

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    [edited/revised] brad - that's all that i could provide; it didn't occur to me to post and share or explain the process at the time i made the machines

    selling your plans is not really in the spirit of instructables, either post it up here or go to ebay

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    yes snowy1998 - i figured as much; but if you've read my comment carefully, it isn't my intention to profit - however, to justify my time and research, i figured it's a minuscule amount - but it bothers you that much to see the $$ symbol on here, then i can delete my comment... ;)

    thats amazing! What application are you running does it boot into it? freedos software? also a link to the joystick and buttons please.

    I have a old computer i have been wanting to turn into this.

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    Dude. Awesome.... Please give more details on the build!