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General MAME help, minimum specs?
I'm looking for a little help regarding emulators please, as they're not something I normally use. Shrug

I have an unused late 2006 model Mac Mini sat here and I'm wondering if it's powerful enough to run as an emulation box, and what my best options would be. It's a 1.66GHz Core Duo (not a Core 2 Duo) with 2GB RAM and a mighty LOL Intel GMA 950 integrated GPU, which I fear may be the limiting factor. The GPU is spec'd as sharing 64MB of the installed 2GB RAM, but apparently uses a minimum of 80MB.

Now obviously OS X isn't the way to go, so I would be installing either Windows XP or 7 depending on if it's worthwhile. If it makes any difference, I'll only be wanting to output a 1024x768 resolution picture as it would be going in a 32" LCD Arcade Cab.

So, what are my options please? MAME, Final Burn Alpha or Kawaks? Is this powerful to run CPS2 or PGM games? I'd really like to be able to run ShmupMAME, which is based on Mameplus! 99, so I can play Batrider and DoDonPachi.

So yeah, any help would be much appreciated. thanks very much Terry
Edited by -SD- on 31. March 2012 03:34
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Your pc is powerful to run those emulators. There shouldn't be any problems unless you try to run 3d games on mame. You can run all other 2d games. Kawaks and finalburn alpha are better than mame on slower pcs. I can help you for graphics and sound configurations if you need.
After all this time it turns out the Mac Mini is a bit dead which is a little annoying.

So I need to build or buy a PC specifically for use in an arcade cabinet, most likely a New Astro City. I'll be using a J-PAC to connect to the Jamma wiring, but the video card needs to support Soft-15Khz or something similar.

I'm still really only wanting to run MVS, PGM and CPS 1 & 2 games, along with a nice front-end. I saw a video on YouTube of the Hyperspin front-end which looked quite cool.

- So, what's the best emulator and front-end combination for my requirements?

- Windows XP or 7?

- Can anyone recommend a cheap, small ready built PC that would be appropriate? Or would it be cheaper to build something? I assume I don't need an i-Series CPU, just a fast C2D? As for a GPU, I also assume I'd be ok with whatever nVidia or ATI card I can get for about £60?

Thanks very much...
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