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Virtual Pinball Club

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    #2601 30 days ago

    seen your machines you posted on here MeisterJim. Your AC/DC machine is sooo awesome!

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    #2602 15 days ago
    Quoted from Meisterjim:

    Specs on my system

    wow - you really went all out on the monitor and graphic card. Do you think you can notice a difference between the 144hz and 60hz ? I looked at that Asus monitor, but since I‘m just getting into virtual pinball I decided to go with 60hz and 4k from LG. I can always upgrade I figure. I‘m really not even convinced that 4K is that essential, although 43 inches is a big screen and you‘re pretty close when playing. Next task: getting DOF to work with the contactors...

    #2603 14 days ago
    Quoted from branlon8:

    wow - you really went all out on the monitor and graphic card. Do you think you can notice a difference between the 144hz and 60hz ? I looked at that Asus monitor, but since I‘m just getting into virtual pinball I decided to go with 60hz and 4k from LG. I can always upgrade I figure. I‘m really not even convinced that 4K is that essential, although 43 inches is a big screen and you‘re pretty close when playing. Next task: getting DOF to work with the contactors...

    I don't think 4K is absolutely essential, but it's actually a pretty good bump from HD. Granted, we upgraded from an old 47" LG HD television to a 49" LG 4K television in Radiant Silverball, so your mileage may vary slightly with the 43". I did back of the envelope calculations for ours that we went from around 43 pixels per inch to almost 90 pixels per inch, which is significant when you're less than 2 feet from the screen.

    #2604 14 days ago

    Broke my backglass monitor around Christmas and just got around to fixing it. Been getting some random flickering going on with the main PF, I think one of my ports on the card or TV is bad not sure which. New cable made it work a bit better.

    Going through all my tables this next week and doing a fresh install with baller

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    #2605 14 days ago

    4K IS essential for new builds!

    If you’re on a budget or doing it as a gift for a friend, we’ll that’s another thing, but for your own toy it’s the way to go. I’d never ever change back once I saw the differences side-by-side. And price difference for the Monitors is neglectable. For gpus, that’s another story, but with minor tweaks you can run of a gtx 970 ok.

    #2606 14 days ago
    Quoted from Raaalph:

    4K IS essential for new builds!
    If you’re on a budget or doing it as a gift for a friend, we’ll that’s another thing, but for your own toy it’s the way to go. I’d never ever change back once I saw the differences side-by-side. And price difference for the Monitors is neglectable. For gpus, that’s another story, but with minor tweaks you can run of a gtx 970 ok.

    Odds are good for me that I won't build an HD cabinet going forward, even for a friend. At full sizes, there is every reason to go 4K. Once my friend gets back into town (he's going to be living in the mountains of Colorado in the summer, and in Arizona in the winter), he's going to get to see the 4K in action, and he's played pinball on Radiant Silverball when it was only HD. He does generally consider 4K to be less than an upgrade for typical uses (television watching, playing games from the couch), but I'm sure he'll consider it more of one as a pinball playfield.

    #2607 14 days ago

    I would like to have a new Virtual built anyone know any builders that are reasonable? what is ideal size for Playfield? would you get a computer monitor or 4k tv. computer monitor is spendy. but heard it's the best to have. also for backbox. what size display is good to have? I would like a bezel style like the stern machines.. Thanks

    #2608 14 days ago
    Quoted from gregh43:

    I would like to have a new Virtual built anyone know any builders that are reasonable? what is ideal size for Playfield? would you get a computer monitor or 4k tv. computer monitor is spendy. but heard it's the best to have. also for backbox. what size display is good to have? I would like a bezel style like the stern machines.. Thanks

    I got my machine from someone who bought one “from a builder”. Sadly when the software didn’t work right and the builder wouldn’t help, the guy basically gave it to me. Turns out the guy put a way underpowered PC, not enough ram or GPU, old versions of software and honestly not a great build in the end things were pretty cheaply done. If you have a basic understand of computers not bad to jump into with a basic build.

    The guy paid around $4-5k I believe. I would be very wary of smaller builders and stick with the bigger name companies out there.

    #2609 13 days ago

    thanks I get what your saying. I would rather avoid commercial builders since you will be paying for more a machine. plus the components used will be low quality. I get the commercial builder needs the high price to keep business going. but is it worth It paying 7 or 8 grand for a machine that's probally worth 4 grand from commercial builder. iam not worried about software installation I can do most of the software myself.. just puppacks or a fronten I don't have installed on my current machine. would need help with that..

    #2610 13 days ago
    Quoted from gregh43:

    thanks I get what your saying. I would rather avoid commercial builders since you will be paying for more a machine. plus the components used will be low quality. I get the commercial builder needs the high price to keep business going. but is it worth It paying 7 or 8 grand for a machine that's probally worth 4 grand from commercial builder. iam not worried about software installation I can do most of the software myself.. just puppacks or a fronten I don't have installed on my current machine. would need help with that..

    If you’re good on the software it’s not much harder than building a pc in the end. Maybe get a flat pack from one of the builders out there maybe and add the buttons etc yourself.

    I built my first one a few years back from scratch and it was a lot easier than I expected. Sold it for hardware and parts when I got my full-size.

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    #2611 13 days ago

    Thanks Brian! Looks Great. I dont have the skills or know how to put it together with the wiring.. mounting the screens etc.. do you have any building plans on Sterns machines?. I like their backboxes with the display bezel and speakers. I have contacted Stern a few times about buying a empty cabinet. they wouldn't sell any.

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    #2612 13 days ago
    Quoted from gregh43:

    Thanks Brian! Looks Great. I dont have the skills or know how to put it together with the wiring.. mounting the screens etc.. do you have any building plans on Sterns machines?. I like their backboxes with the display bezel and speakers. I have contacted Stern a few times about buying a empty cabinet. they wouldn't sell any.
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    There was someone local to me selling an empty stern cabinet for fairly cheap but I think pickup only and some minor damage or something I would have gotten it myself but just a hair too far but would be awesome for a virtual pin. I think it just sold though can’t find it now.

    The wiring is honestly way easier than I expected and as I said if you’ve ever built a pc you could do this and the community is filled with people that can help when you run into trouble. But every now and then you can find them come up for a decent price. My next project will be a 2 player mame system

    Facebook has some of the better resources for VP I’ve found

    #2613 12 days ago
    Quoted from gregh43:

    Thanks Brian! Looks Great. I dont have the skills or know how to put it together with the wiring.. mounting the screens etc.. do you have any building plans on Sterns machines?. I like their backboxes with the display bezel and speakers. I have contacted Stern a few times about buying a empty cabinet. they wouldn't sell any.
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    Join Visual pinball junkies group on Facebook. They have. a FAQ & directions on wiring. They also have helpful recommendations on where/how to put Cab kits together.

    #2614 12 days ago

    Visual pinball addicts group is the biggest on fb and has a lot of nice and helpful members.
    Facebook.com/groups/VPAddicts

    #2615 12 days ago

    Thanks everyone for your input and help. iam on both Junkies and Addicts FB Page. didnt know the sites were for building cabs as well. thought was mostly for the Tables side of it. Thanks Brian about the Stern Cab. if run it into another stern cab please let me know. appreciate your help and advice. I just don't have the time or skills to put it together. my current cab I had custom built from MameMan. was going to have him do another one for me. but he's busy with other projects and not building them anymore. heres what mine looks like. it's for sale anyone interested.. have $5500 invested in it. its about 4 years old would take $2500.

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    #2616 11 days ago

    I'm starting to plan my VPIN and I'm struggling with the backbox. I want to do the speaker box like Meisterjim did on his Iron Maiden VPIN using the Stern Spike 2 metal panel. I've been told this panel is 26" wide. A standard backbox has 27.3" width which leaves a 1/2" or so gap on either side. Do people leave that gap or make the backbox thinner? Everyone keeps saying they use a 32" backbox monitor. Looking at Meisterjim's Iron Maiden pics I can see the frame on the monitor so it wasn't decased however every 32" monitor I look at is around 28.5" wide. Definitely won't fit if the backbox is shrunk to 26". Even if left at 27.3, that's a deep channel groove on both sides to get it to fit but looking at the iron maiden pinball photos posted, it doesn't appear to be in a channel groove on either side. Is that what people are doing to make a 32" fit or what am I missing in my calculations/thinking. Any help anyone can provide would be much appreciated!

    #2617 10 days ago

    Meisterjim uses 28 inch monitors instead of 32 ones. If you have a smaller one, like 27 inch you can always fill the gab with a small wooden strip.

    Visual pinball addicts group is not only for software side of things but also for hardware.

    #2618 10 days ago
    Quoted from Raaalph:

    Meisterjim uses 28 inch monitors instead of 32 ones. If you have a smaller one, like 27 inch you can always fill the gab with a small wooden strip.
    Visual pinball addicts group is not only for software side of things but also for hardware.

    Oh OK. In his description of the specs of the Iron Maiden machine it said 32“ LG Monitor Backbox, so I assumed he was using a 32" one somehow.

    #2619 10 days ago

    I saw that in the Post just right now. His older builds were all with the 28 iiyama x2888

    I wonder how the 32 would fit in there…

    #2620 10 days ago

    I looked up the dimensions of a 28" and it's a close to perfect fit for the space. Thanks so much - I'll look for a 28" versus trying to cram in a 32"

    #2621 9 days ago

    I have a 32" screen for my backbox..

    #2622 4 days ago

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    Hey all, just listed my table top vpin. Nice little machine with everything fully enclosed inside the cabinet.

    #2623 1 day ago

    Hey guys, take a little time bud the Topper from Tilt toppers it’s arrived here it is

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