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Affordable equipment to use in a home made arcade?

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First off, I'm not asking about how to run downloadable/pirated games, I'd just like some creative ideas about how to build a workable arcade out of recycled or everyday wasted electronics.

Right now I have an old laptop which quit working about a year and a half ago, tonight I googled it and found a fix, so the brain of the project is fixable for about five bucks. Second I think the controls I'd like to use is the x arcade tankstick for 100 to 200 bucks, lastly is the monitor. Here I have a problem, the arcade games I run on my lcd monitor look like crap, is this because it's an lcd and not a crt?

what should I be looking for (cheaply) as an arcade monitor?
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Check this out and I think you will get a lot of ideas. Arcade Controls Forum
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I picked up an old Hitachi 27" crt television for my mame arcade machine. Connected via svideo cable to an old video card.

You should keep an eye on craigslist for a few weeks, I bet you can get an old tv for free, people can barely give these things away nowadays.
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