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jukedock

Pc Hardware For Vpx Cabs

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Hi all,

I know 'other' forums have discussed ideal specs for a Pinball cabinet build. 

Having completed my first cabinet, that is now going to my pals house - I am starting my MK 2 cab.

On the MK1 cab I used:
12 gb DDR3 ram
i5 3g processor (first series)
GTX660 Nividia graphic card 2gb ddr5
37" HD (not 1080p) display

22" display (backglass)

PinDMD3 (USB dot matrix)

 

Running Win 7

Pinball X

VP9, VPX 10.1, VP9 PM5

animated backglasses and DOF

 

I do get the odd bit of stutter - especially with games with lots of strobe effects.

 

Is it possible for some others to post the 'spec' of the PC they are using for trouble free use? 

Can not really go to the expense of getting the best graphic card, 64gb ram and the largest i7 processor etc, maybe using some components I can get from eBay.... 

 

Would you guys go for a higher spec graphic card? like a 4gb GTX970?

 

The PC in my current cab seems to just be on the edge of not doing the job! 

As ever - any advice is welcomed.....

 

 

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On my Mk II cabinet I did go with a GTX970 4Gb, it was worth it.  You could drop the RAM a bit, I went with 8Gb, in theory you could run less, but personally I think 8Gb is the sweet spot, easily 2 x 4Gb strips, and on most mobos room to expand later if really necessary.

 

I raqn Win8 on Mk I, on Mk II I'm using Win 10 without issue.

 

I presume you are using a SSD, if not, you should, best bang for buck speed gain.

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I just upgraded my cab with an ASUS 970 GTX Superclocked with 6GB of ram. The performance is off the charts! 

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A gtx 970 is over kill! It seems a 970ti rather SC or FTW would work perfect. Who am i to judge, i'll be running a geforce g1 970 in my cab. The problem is, it has front snd rear water blocks on it and i don't have the original fan/casing. I'm going to try and incorperate plexi in the sides of the case to see the resevoir and slimer green tubing instead of adding art. Art seems so expensive!!

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I'm currently begining my first cab build.

just finished the pc

core i3-6100 (on sale, also considered an i5 but i figured since VP is, or at least i was led to believe, mainly a single threaded app, I wouldnt benifiet for the i5. I may be wrong about that)

8 GB ram

evga gtx 960 SSC (on sale)

msi Z170A (on sale)

128 GB ss

•edit•. Cosair 750w ps •edit•

Total ~$600 USD

I have all settings maxed out and not yet seen any issues. so this might be a little overkill

If anybody sees a potential weakness in this build, please let me know

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Having done the computer now for my MK3 project which will be the following:

32 inch playfield
Pin2DMD display
Maybe a 2nd monitor for backglass...

I am building it into a 'coffee table' from Ikea with a glass top. 

Reason is I now own two proper pinballs (RFM and Family Guy) and do not have room for a visual pinball, but I miss playing the games....

My plan is to insert one into a table, like the old 'cocktail' games.  It will still have all the features and buttons but I am unsure about an actual plunger (as it will stick out). 

Anyhow - after doing some research I now have the Mk3 computer built.  Its lower spec than all previous and runs perfectly!

H81m chipset motherboard.
i3 3.4 gig processor
6 pr 8Gb DDR ram (works fine on 6)
256 Gb Solid state drive
600w power suppy
GTX680 video card with 2GB DDR3 ram
Pinscape board programmed for 'nudge', and also wired in case I want a plunger!
Keyboard encoder (Xin-Mo XM-02).  I use an independent board as I feel the Pinscape does have more of a lag/delay.
iPac controller for the LEDs.

On the back of the 'table' will be a monitor output for me to put on a desktop monitor to do the backglass.  I may even make a bracket that folds this up and down when not in use...

Was advised by a pal to not go for a i5 or i7 of lower 'gig' like I had before, and he was correct.  A higher 'gig' i3 runs better than a lower 'gig' i7....   After watching the threads and cores I am running at about 45% maximum.  
 

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Hello,

I want to build a vpin cabinet (Full HD 43", HD Ready 32", Pin2DMD, pinscape)

At home i have a Dell Poweredge T20 (Xeon E3-1225 V3, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 2x DisplayPort).

Will use Displayport to HDMI cables, are there difficulties with these calbes?

Can i use this Combo for my building?

 

Can i only use VP10 or is there any need for older verision?

 

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On 4/5/2017 at 11:00 AM, pinaplle said:

Hello,

I want to build a vpin cabinet (Full HD 43", HD Ready 32", Pin2DMD, pinscape)

At home i have a Dell Poweredge T20 (Xeon E3-1225 V3, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 2x DisplayPort).

Will use Displayport to HDMI cables, are there difficulties with these calbes?

Can i use this Combo for my building?

 

Can i only use VP10 or is there any need for older verision?

 

I was using a HDMI -> DisplayPort for a 28" TV i first used and had not problems with my EVGA GTX 960.

 

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