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Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on?
01/07/13 11:50 PM


> Obviously, the cheaper the better. I don't want to spend over $200. Any suggestions?
> Can the FXI Cotton Candy handle MAME, maybe? Is there something better than I'm not
> aware of?

I'm fairly certain it's not going to happen for $200.

Modern versions of MAME require a beefy CPU, preferably Intel if possible. Also, to run at HDMI resolution, I'm pretty sure you're going to need a video card that's better than most onboard solutions.


You could pick up a cheap Core i5 motherboard, CPU, and memory for around $400.
Here's my current "want" list from Newegg if you're curious...

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$124.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$219.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$44.99 -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314


Then, if the onboard video doesn't cut the mustard, you could pick up a cheap semi-modern video card. I recommend a fanless model if you plan on putting this next to your TV. Something like this...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card ( 100292DDR3L)
$16.99 (after rebate) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102882


If you need smaller than Micro ATX, ASUS also makes a some nice Mini ITX boards. This might do the job...

ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
$99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131841


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Subject Posted by Posted on
* Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? CaptSaltyJack 01/07/13 10:40 PM
. * Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? B2K24  01/10/13 09:26 AM
. * Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? krick  01/07/13 11:50 PM
. * Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? CaptSaltyJack  01/08/13 01:15 AM
. * Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? Heihachi_73  01/24/13 05:38 PM
. * Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? R. Belmont  01/08/13 05:52 PM
. * FAQ StilettoAdministrator  01/08/13 01:52 AM
. * Re: FAQ CaptSaltyJack  01/08/13 02:19 AM
. * Re: FAQ StilettoAdministrator  01/08/13 02:24 AM
. * Re: FAQ CaptSaltyJack  01/08/13 02:35 AM
. * Re: FAQ B2K24  01/08/13 06:01 AM
. * Re: FAQ R. Belmont  01/08/13 05:54 PM
. * Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? krick  01/08/13 01:33 AM
. * Re: Smallest possible box I can run MAME 0.147 on? Dullaron  01/08/13 01:32 AM

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