MiSTer Addons, Gator Cable, Best Buy, and Amazon.
On the display and audio front, I went somewhat old school. Purchased a used Dell P991 19" CRT off Craigslist. It’s a beautiful display, after all it’s just a rebranded Sony Trinitron. And, for audio I’m a headphones kind of guy, so I used my trusty Audio Technica ATH-M50, along with a FX-Audio PH-A1 headphone amplifier that I purchased from Parts Express.
During the build, I learned a few lessons. Not all HDMI to VGA adapters are created equal. I purchased several models from different vendors, many of which either didn’t work, or worked intermittently. I suspect due to the high demand from people working at home, that quality control on display adapters has dropped. That said, the Gator Cable adapter works great, although it doesn’t support MiSTer’s optional Direct Video mode. Controller wise, I initially used an older Logitech gamepad I had, but found it didn’t quite have the feel I wanted. So, after reading reviews I purchased the Retro-Bit, which works great for platform type games.
So, what’s next for me? I haven’t spent any time using the classic computer cores. I’d like to fire up the Apple II core, for some classics like the original Oregon Trail. As well as check out the Amiga, which was a system I’ve never used, but still has quite the cult following.