Originally Posted by johnny.dot.exe
I was thinking about removing the lowest 5.25" mesh cover, and making a switch panel to fit in its place. Here's some ideas I had for what the switches would do...
1. PSU cut-off switch. It's a pain having to reach behind the case to shut the PSU off when you're messing around in the case, which led to this idea. It would involve opening the PSU, but it's not that hard of a mod. Another big plus...shut the PSU off when your PC is off, because it still drains a small amount of electricity when off. Think green & save money!
2. Power switch, just like photonmoo mentioned above. Put the switch in one of the two lines for the case power switch. Gotta flip the switch on before the case switch will work to turn on the PC.
3. Fan LED switch. Either run these on the same switch as #2, or separate. Turn your fan LEDs on and off as you please.
4. Auxiliary lighting switch. All your LED bars, Cathodes, Neons, etc...wire 'em up to a switch so you can turn them on and off.
5. Got a really loud PCI-slot fan to keep your GPU cool, but when you're not gaming those noisy fans annoy you? Not anymore when you have them wired to a switch!
6. Reset switch. Your finger too big to hit the reset switch? Don't feel bad, mine are too, that button is frickin' small. I don't think my daughter could even press that, and she's only 5! Wire it to a new momentary switch, meaning it's only active when switched up and held, or pressed and held...cuts out when released, just like the small reset button already on the case.
Think about it...switching on like 5 switches before turning the system on, it'll feel like you're in a frickin' helicopter or some sort of ridiculously expensive exotic car that has an obscene amount of switches you need to engage before starting.
There's all sorts of cool things you could do with a switch panel on the front, and the only downside I can think of is the fact you'll have switches sticking out of the front of the case which kind of take away from that flat/clean look the front of the case offers. You may even be able to mod them in to the top of the case, the flat/top area above the I.O. panel that is the perfect place for like 5 switches...I am not sure what's immediately under that plastic, so you may want to look in to that before you start drilling holes.
I like some of your ideas, and indeed it would be really cool to push a couple of buttons before you start the pc up...turn a key, push a button etc bla bla
I was in K-Mart the other day, and they had an alarm clock with a tacho on it for all the V8 Racing fans, and when you pushed a button the tacho revved up and had the engine noise. It would be cool to have that or something similiar when you started the pc up. It would complement having a V8/V10 cooler in your pc too
Aw crap, I wonder why they're going out of business. I get all my supplies from those guys.
They should ship overseas, now I miss out on all the specials