So all the cables that I had to build from scratch are now complete. I was able to get the drill bits I needed to finish up the Slim DVD tray. As stated previously, i removed the lonely USB port and put in a purple LED cluster... looks a tad goofy, but my daughters are gonna wig out about it:
Here is a complete photo of the wiring. Like the two fans, i wired these two lights together (front cluster and purple LED stick) to be able to use only 1 4 pin power connector... the less wiring, the better.
just for giggles, i plugged the 4 pin into my current rig to test out the wiring... all LED's functional, wife and child approved.
The only item i have left to sleeve is my cpu cooler fan cable, which I will do during assembly. I am closing in on completion, faster than I initially figured.
I placed an order today with newegg for a Lite On slim profile Slot-loading dvd burner and a Western Digital 7200 RPM Scorpio Black 320GB laptop HDD. I am going to take the Crucial 128GB SSD that I am currently using on my rig and install it in the Mini Machine as well. This serves two purposes - one immediate and one long term. 1.) since I will be using the mini machine while working on my own custom rig, I want something that actually can load windows and office quickly 2.) giving my daughters 448GB HD space should keep them satisfied for a while, long after I have upgraded the board, cpu, and ram for the mini machine.
all I have left to do is decide what mobo I want to use. I am working on investigating a Zotac Mini ITX 890GX with a PCI Express X 16 slot, but am encountering some resisitance... see the thread below:
Basically every other Mini ITX board has given me fits, whether it be a missing feature I am looking for or the necessity for new ram, cpu, cooler, etc. I am trying to strike a comprise between cost and performance/expandability. Maybe I will nix the idea of having a PCI Express X 16 slot, the chances of them needing it might be slim. who knows, maybe in 5 years it will take a 6990 or more just to run flash web games.
more to come soon, thanks again.