After messing around with pinball emulation for the last while, I'm feeling the itch to build another cab. This time a mini, table top sized one soley for video pinball.
I'm OK with building cabs and using emulators, front ends, all of that, but if I went with this it would be my first pinball cab. From the googling ive done so far, there's a lot in it, and I need to figure out if a table or bartop sized cab is viable both from a cost of build perspective, as well as from a size and logistics point of view.
I was thinking of using hyperpin and visual pinball 9x & vpin mame in a small box, maybe using a 19" tft monitor vertically, and possibly a 15" TFT horizontally for the backglass/DMD if i install one. Just to be clear, available space is an issue here. I want to build a small, space conscious box, not a full size machine. From past experience, that brings it's own set of build issues.
I've noticed that visual pinball seems to be unpredictable and a real resource hog. I was running it on a vista dualcore 2ghz processor 3-4Mb of ram, a 1gb graphics card, and even with that some of the newer tables were choppy and stuttery, so my initial concern is the hardware i would need to run it all comfortably and the cost of it, as well as the difficulty i will run into in fitting it all inside a small box. Is that spec sufficient, with some tweaking? I could easily install XP pro on that box instead, and tweak it for performance if it would work better. That would be a lot less costly than buying/building a custom spec just for a cab, and the OS is irrelevant as I'll be shelling straight into the front end.
Does anyone have any recommendations, tips, or experience that would be helpful here with regards to ideal system specs (the cheaper the better) settings i can change to improve performance in VP (maybe at the expense of graphics), and options or info about using one screen or two. Can i run VP on a single monitor, vertically with no DMD, or is that pointless? Also what's the deal with the 2 monitors? Do I just use my digital and analogue video outs on the graphics card simultaneously, or do i need something fancier (and therefore more expensive)?
Sorry for the long post, many thanks in advance.