I've still been thinking about how to do some LED lighting in my case. Have 3 different options I've come up with, so I decided to get some input from OCN. I'm also open to ideas that aren't listed here!
1st option: Corsair Link Lighting Node (~$30)
Pros: Hooks straight up to my H100i, has 3 LED strips, RGB, Can color change based on temp, etc in Link software, Plug-n-play.
Cons: Has to use the Corsair Link software (it constantly accesses my 1TB HDD and won't let it park the heads, only fix I've found so far is to uninstall it.), more wires to run to the cpu block, could potentially look too busy.
2nd option: NZXT Hue (~$30)
Pros: Sleek styling, great even light output, RGB, can cycle/flash/etc, plug-n-play
Cons: Will take up a 5.25" bay and be visible from the outside of the case, may not really match case styling,
3rd option: Custom DIY LEDs (Free or Cheap)
Pros: Can use white 12v LEDs and molex connectors I already have, spotlight particular components, add or subtract LEDs fairly easily, E-peen of custom-made, can use tools/materials at work to make wiring
Cons: Uneven lighting, only white light if I use the lights I have, issues mounting lights without drilling holes or making a mess.
I'm personally leaning towards the NZXT Hue, and attempting to find a paint color that matches the case, or simply leaving it black. What do you guys think?