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April 24, 2013 9:33:25 AM

Hello there, I was wondering If anyone could give me a price, along with parts list, to run NFL Blitz on a cabinet. Also some suggestions for switchable 4/8 way joysticks, and buttons. I want something as cheap as possible while still playably running nfl blitz and I want decent sticks and buttons for cheap. Thank you.

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April 24, 2013 9:55:05 AM

For just a MAME cabinet, you do not need a big and powerful system. I would check e-bay or your local used computer shop for something on par with an old Dell GX270. Basically, an old Pentium 4 processor and 1 or 2 GB of RAM, depending on what OS you're looking at using.

For controls, you probably want to go with a custom store like Ultimarc and put together your own control board.

-Wolf sends
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April 24, 2013 10:13:50 AM

That could run NFL Blitz, Correct?
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April 24, 2013 10:25:08 AM

Unless MAME has changed since I installed it (a number or years ago), all games run within the specifications of the MAME application. As long as the system can run MAME, it can run any game under MAME. What I'm finding the the realm of NFL Blitz is that it's not a particularly well emulated game (aside from the Dreamcast version) and even higher end systems still don't run it smoothly.

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April 25, 2013 9:03:49 AM

Wolfshadw said:
Unless MAME has changed since I installed it (a number or years ago), all games run within the specifications of the MAME application. As long as the system can run MAME, it can run any game under MAME. What I'm finding the the realm of NFL Blitz is that it's not a particularly well emulated game (aside from the Dreamcast version) and even higher end systems still don't run it smoothly.

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So, NFL Blitz (Does that include the 2000 Gold edition?) Is Slow in mame unless I use N64 or Dreamcast emulator, Right? How well will this run games without a gpu, I believe I have a mobo with a Phenom II And 2 Gb ram, Is it necessary To get a gpu, or will it run well with Integrated Graphics.
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April 25, 2013 4:17:57 PM

I'll be honest. I have no clue. My MAME experience is limited to old standup arcade games (Asteroids, Moon Patrol, Xevious, Star Wars) on my Dell Laptop (Intel Core Duo @ 1.73GHz/NVidia 7300GT/2GB RAM/Windows XP). They all run well enough for me. If I were you, I'd first try the game on integrated graphics and if it doesn't work, try adding a graphics card.

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April 30, 2013 8:41:42 AM

Do you know if a amd sempron le 1100 with a arcadevga (same chip as radeon 9600) could run a n64 emulator
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April 30, 2013 8:53:38 AM

Should be fine. Again, emulators do not require lots of power.

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April 30, 2013 9:35:19 AM

Thank You, Good Sir.
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April 30, 2013 11:42:47 AM

How would it go without the gpu?
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April 30, 2013 3:55:42 PM

To be honest, I don't know. You have to remember, however, these are emulators of relatively old gaming consoles. I'd say any graphics card available within the last 15 years (the N64 would be almost 20 years old now) should be more than enough to handle the graphics of any emulator.

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