> I need your input before I go re-inventing the wheel. I need a drawing and pictures.
> I want to press a "SINGLE" button that will turn on the lights to the cabinet and
> boot the pc. I was thinking of an arcade button which will connect to the pc's
> power-on button (the two copper headers on the motherboard). Since the pc has 120v
> all the time, this will boot the pc. Then if I ran 12v from one of the pc's power
> supplies molex connector to a relay mounted outside the pc. The relay will turn on
> 120v to the marquee and cabinet fans.
> Would a simple automotive bosch relay work for this? Has anyone done something like
> this before, is there an easier way?
Use a smart strip type multi-socket. You plug the PC into the 'hot' socket and wire an arcade pushbutton to the motherboard power connector. Plug everything else into the other sockets on the smartstrip.
When you power on the PC the smartstrip will power up anything else plugged into it. When you turn the PC off, likewise everything else shuts down.
Quick, easy, effective.