I've just completed the gathering of equipment I need do start my 4K Virtual Pinball build. Would like to use this thread to bring you guys along on the build and hopefully get some valuable advice along the way - this is my first VP build and I've been fortunate (i.e. LUCKY) to assemble an impressive set of components without breaking the bank.
1) The cabinet ($50) - I obtained a Bally cabinet from the late 70's (1979 Bally Supersonic). The cabinet insides were mostly gutted but for the flipper buttons and switches are still intact as well as the tilt mechanics (possible to reuse these switches for VP and somehow connect them into the VP USB breakout box? I like the idea of original leaf switches to give that authentic feel). The Bally Supersonic is a 22" wide standard size cabinet and backbox. There is no glass and part of the outer trim is missing from the back box. The vital lockdown bar is intact and has a working latch and the metal/aluminum side rails are also intact. Alas, there are no legs and no glass and its missing the coin slot door.
2) The Playfield TV ($70) - I obtained a Vizio M43-C1 4K TV from a local thrift store for $20. It was not functioning. I ordered a replacement control board on Ebay for $50 and the TV now works beautifully in glorious 4K.
3) The backglass monitor ($15) - I obtained an HP 27" Monitor (HP 2710m) from the weekly Salvation Army auction. The monitor works great and the 1080p picture is sharp and crisp.
4) The PC ($80) - I obtained a used Dell 7020 from a local thrift store that specializes in refurbishing donated PCs with fresh copies of Windows 10. The PC came with a 19" monitor, keyboard and optical mouse. More importantly, it was equipped with an i7 processor running at 3.6ghz, 16MB of ram, and a dual hard drive setup with a 180 GB SSD
5) The graphics card ($190) - I got a used MSI GTX 980 ti with 6B ram from an Ebay seller who had just been gifted a brand new GTX 2070. This is the heart of the system so I wanted the most bang for my buck here.
6) The power supply ($30) - I got an EVGA 750W G+ Power supply like-new in box from my local Facebook Marketplace. The guy was selling because the fan was louder than he wanted - virtual pinball is kinda loud already so I'm not concerned with a little extra fan noise. The PSU looks brand new!