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Re: Starting Over
01/12/21 03:39 PM

> I took this approach with a refurbished i5 Compaq off Newegg and I had the same
> intentions. Today that machine has 20g of Ram, Win 10 and a video card. I am guessing
> I put another $65-$75 into it but now it plays everything.

Yeah, that's pretty much the way to go. The general MAME dev suggestion is any relatively recent i5, a decent amount of RAM so that Windows doesn't pitch a fit, and if you want to run with shaders enabled (which OP probably doesn't due to having a proper CRT), a half-decent graphics card.

Nothing even approaching top-of-the-line is necessary. There's a huge performance gulf between "games that are playable on halfway-modern PCs" and "games that require more horsepower than a PC will likely ever have", so optimize for the former and not the latter. Nevertheless, it's important to not buy some worthless shit-box of a machine like a Raspberry Pi or a Core 2 Duo either.

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* Starting Over Jerry 01/11/21 07:22 AM
. * Re: Starting Over bmd2k1  01/17/21 12:33 AM
. * Re: Starting Over mhoes  01/11/21 05:19 PM
. * Re: Starting Over Jerry  01/11/21 06:17 PM
. * Re: Starting Over Renegade  01/11/21 08:14 PM
. * Re: Starting Over Classic80sGMR  01/12/21 02:15 PM
. * Re: Starting Over MooglyGuy  01/12/21 03:39 PM
. * Re: Starting Over mhoes  01/19/21 09:06 PM
. * Re: Starting Over Firehawke  01/18/21 08:39 PM

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