I'm looking for one that will display cd and dvd titles, the same as a dvd player would have. I'll take a look around those sites, thanks Todd. Newegg has Silverstone and Ahanix D-Vine cases that come integrated with the VFD displays. But two things...
1. The Ahanix cases are not very attractive
2. The Silverstone cases are a bit too pricey. $215+ w/out PSU, $250 with PSU
The Silverstone's are B-E-A-utiful! But found that "custom" look with the Antec while still sitting nicely next to A/V receivers and amps.
$85 is not too bad, after only $105 for the Antec. I've also seen others build their own, will have to search around for that also. Haven't purchased the case just yet, so I can always change my mind and go with Silverstone if my search comes up empty or too difficult to build my own. Anyone ever build one? Thanks
Figure out a way to put an LCD on the front of the case and display whatever you want.
You can get 5.6" car LCDs for under $100. They are powered of 12v, draw only 6w, and connect to your graphics card's TV out. The one I picked up is just under 6" by just over 4.5". I can just barely squease it in 3 CD-ROM bays with about 1/2" to spare.
Then you get Radeon AIW card with a Remote Wonder and you are good to go. You can then scroll through your song library without even turning on the TV. Of course it would not fit in that beautiful case you selected.
Ok, so here's what I put together following the great links from Leoslocks.
Case 3.5" I/O ports
I'll need a nice power supply, and possibly a couple quiet fans as this case only comes with one. I still can't believe the price difference on the cases between Newegg and PC Alchemy. Thanks Leoslocks!
I have been spending a little time at HTPC after getting a WinTv PVR 150. I may build around an HTPC instead of a workstation next computer I build. . . hopefully this spring.
We had an Ice Christmas (4" of pure sleet) and a week later set a record high for the date (71 F). I can't remember seeing 70 degrees after Thanksgiving until March. Been there this year already. I may ride my bike this afternoon, get a little exercise.
Todd's idea is twice as good as I'm leaning towards, but two things
1. cost is more (not a huge problem as I plan on using this for quite some time)
2. I'd like to stick with a case that isn't too large. Definitely no towers. The desktop htpc cases I've seen may not accommodate for an LCD display.
I also don't like the idea of having a case with an LCD display that large (which will be sitting directly underneath my tv in the tv stand). Seems like it would be a distraction to the TV. Probably would be an excellent idea if I planned on watching TV at my computer while browsing the net or doing some paperwork. But I think it would get in the way of the tv and/or gaming.
Ive seen Shuttle SFF cases with one of these LCDs in the front. Also using a slim line CD can save a lot of space if needed. They are not too much more and the addaptor cables are pretty cheap. Here is one I found after a quick search:
Another idea I saw was to use this little LCD. It is not an LCD TV, but a 7" LCD monitor, so you can actually read text pretty good. It is a bit more expensive at $180, but it has s-video and CTR connectors on it:
Found a nice wide selection of 20X2 LCD's here . Only downfall is the large lighted keypads. Pricing is lower than the VFD's, and I could always remove the display board and remount it onto the matching drive bay cover on the case. Will make it look "integrated", and not aftermarket. Thanks Todd. Decisions, decisions. I'm still bouncing around on the cases!
Well, I have been searching around and have found several sites for diy lcd displays. It's actually a pretty easy set up. Found a 20X4 LCD display with an HD44780 compatable controller on ebay for $15, can use an old serial printer cable I have lying around, make a few simple soilders and mod the case for it and I'm done. Those links you gave are great Todd, and I did see those lcd's they had, was just too quick to reply. I'm trying to get a couple of these so I can put them on all three of my computers. At first, I said WOW to the price, but with all your great help I'm seeing that price become more reasonable.