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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