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    Hello All,

    I have been kicking around the idea of building a cab for a few years now. I have been playing the available Android pinball apps but I just never “feel it” with those. Three weeks ago my wife finally got tired of hearing me hem hawing around and asked how much it would cost and to “just build the damn thing”. That one statement from my wife was like the shot heard around the world and started my journey.

    I am just about three weeks into this and the one thing I want to say to anyone that is reading this and in the planning phase, “Take your initial price estimate and double it!”. As you go further down the rabbit hole the more you will need. You can always cheap out or phase your build but even then the $5 here and $10 there adds up fast.

    I probably spent a good week of consistently reading build threads and coming up with specs for the monitors I would use and the computer to run what I want. The one thing that I knew was a constant driver was that I want to build this once with no need to upgrade for a few years. I was taking into consideration 4K and VR and the best I could afford.

    First came my monitors. For the main playfield I went with the LG because of the fantastic viewing angle and the once I wanted went on sale at Costco. The backglass was one I had hanging on the garage wall and never used. I think that I got it free at some point for a raffle or free gift with purchase. The third screen/DMD fit the bill for what I was looking for:

    Main – LG 43″ Class – 7 Series – 4K UHD LED LCD TV 43UM7300AUE
    Backglass – Samsung UN32J4000AF 4 Series – 32″
    DMD – Sceptre E165W-1600HC E 16″ Screen LED-Lit Monitor, True Black (E165W-1600HC)

    Next came the PC build. I work in IT and have built our households main PC’s for years. Granted, the last one I built was 2012 so I had to refresh myself with new standards and technology. What I came up with was definitely on the pricey side but again, I am looking for some longevity with this build:

    MATX Motherboard Test Bench Open Air Frame
    AMD RYZEN 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 95W 100-100000022BOX Desktop Processor
    MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super GAMING X
    CORSAIR RMX Series, RM850x, 850 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular Power Supply
    CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800)
    Samsung (MZ-V7E500BW) 970 EVO SSD 500GB – M.2 NVMe
    ASUS Dual Band 802.11AC Wireless-AC2100 Pci-E Bluetooth 5 Gigabit WiFi Adapter
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit

    I am going only going with SSF for my initial feedback solution at this time. The next phase will be adding more feedback devices. Here is what I have for that now:

    2 X Dayton Audio DAEX25 Sound Exciter Pair
    2 X Kinter MA170 12V 2 Channel Mini Digital Audio Power Amplifier

    Backbox speakers and cab subwoofer:

    BOSS Audio Systems CXX8 8 Inch Car Subwoofer – 600 Watts
    5.25” Pyle Car Sound Speaker (Pair) – Upgraded Blue Poly Injection Cone 3-Way 200 Watt Peak
    Still need to order an amp for sub and backbox speakers

    Next week I will be ordering the cabinet, backbox, trim, button kit and plunger kit from VirtuaPin (flat packs). I have the means and skills to go about building the cab and backbox from scratch but want to same myself the hassle and time. For me, the CNC cut cab and backbox is worth the additional cost.

    1 x Flat Pack – WPC-style Widebody Virtual Pinball Cabinet
    Ultra-Wide (29.50″ inside width) Fits most 32″ monitors
    Ultimate Cab-Builder’s Kit (Widebody)
    Cabinet Kit Addons — Button Package
    VirtuaPin Digital Plunger Kit v3

    With all this ordered and delivered I have started on the bench build and mocked up all the monitors, I am really pleased with the results so far. I will get some pictured added of that progress this afternoon.

    As I progress through this build and post updates, I welcome any questions and feedback on my progress or my thought process. I am using a lot of mjr’s build guide as the base recommendations and direction.  There is a lot of experience here and I appreciate everyone who takes the time to help us new guys.


    I’d be interested to know if that 600w woofer messes with your nudge. I love a good bass hit but 600w is gonna rattle your windows. I could be wrong but that kind of power may make your ball start jumping around during gameplay. Ill be watching your progress. Have fun!

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    Some pictures of the bench build or box build:



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