By now your cabinet should be refurbished, the monitor and PC installed, and your control panel being worked on.  If not, go back to Build an Arcade Machine (Part 4) and read up. Moving on, the bezel and marquee (with light) should either also be installed or on their way…so let’s get to the next and last pieces.


I had a Logitech speaker system with a subwoofer sitting around that you could get for roughly $25 on  I had to tape the speakers facing down on the speaker grid but you could always get a metal harness for it that you’d screw down but I felt the tape would secure it just fine. The nice part is that having a subwoofer in the body of the cabinet is great because it really adds that real arcade sound to the unit so I would highly suggest you make sure that’s a part of your system.  

Power Strip

This section might not seem that complicated to add here, and it’s not, but I wanted to share one thing that I lucked into which has really worked out well for me.  On a power strip that I had already owned there were two rows, one is always on and the other has a switch associated with it so that you can turn just that row on/off.  So I have the computer and monitor plugged into the row that is always on, so that I don’t ever have to do anything with the monitor since it will turn itself on and off depending on if there’s movement on the screen or if the computer is turned on/off.  Then I plugged the subwoofer and marquee into the other row that has the switch so that if I want sound (because I can plug an MP3 player into it) and/or light the marquee up, I can toggle that on, whether or not I’m going to use the computer.

Coin Door

The coin door is mostly for show.  Notice I said “mostly”.  That’s because even though you don’t need a functioning coin operator (it’s cheaper to buy just the front portion) you can actually wire the coin system to the I-PAC 2 controller so that instead of just having a button on your control panel that acts as the credits, you can stick a quarter/token into the coin slot and it will read as a credit to the controller.  It’s mostly for showing off to friends and taking them back to the past without needing a DeLorean.  

The guy who sold me my cabinet threw in a complete coin door for $10 but you can get one anywhere from $25 to $100 depending on if you want the complete system or just the door.

See, that didn’t hurt too bad.  We’re getting so close to the finished product that next week we will be showing you our finished product…and we can’t wait to see yours.  So get to work and get that puppy done!

Well we’ve made it.  It wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t always fun but now we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor and make memories with our kids.  So without further ado…here it is!

Final Result

I can’t tell you how much this arcade unit has enhanced our life.  Even though we have almost every gaming system ever, we have found ourselves making date nights at home around the arcade, we found the website and are trying to beat peoples’ high scores, and we have fallen in love with games we never had the chance to play when we were kids.  Not only that, but now our son can grow up learning to play video games the same way we did.  It’s not everyday that parents and kids can share something from their childhood, especially one that made such a major impact on them…but this might just be one of those rare opportunities.  Have fun!