I am planning to build a MAME machine of some sort, and have a few questions.
Rather than build a traditional, upright arcade-style cabinet, I was thinking of building "Arcade2TV" style, and using X-Arcade's Tankstick (their version pictured below, along with a similar concept from Recroom Masters). If I hang a monitor or TV on the wall in traditional, horizontal fashion, am I sacrificing vertical games? Do the various MAME titles that feature vertical play work on a horizontal monitor setup?
I've got a spare 20" LCD monitor and a spare 32" LCD TV that are candidates for use. The monitor is a 20" LCD 1440x900, and the TV is a 32" 720P. Is going larger a problem, visually? Do the graphics look to pixelated when the image gets too large?
Finally, I've got lots of retired PCs hanging around. In particular, I have a Dell Dimension with a 2.4Ghz Celeron, and an 8400GS graphics card, running Win XP that I thought might make a good candidate. Any concerns? I have other machines of similar processing power as well. I'm comfortable working with both Windows and Linux, but I get the impression that most MAME happens with Windows boxes.
Thanks in advance for any guidance.
Recroom Masters style: