I've been kicking this idea around lately...alot. I've gone so far as to figure out what OS, what programs, and have put together a possible parts list.
As some of you know, I enjoy collecting and trading fan recorded audio concerts, which are also known as Recording Of Independent Origin (ROIO for short, hence the name of the build). While this is not the time nor the place to discuss the legality of these so called 'bootlegs', I feel that a computer designed and built for my collection (currently numbering 70+ concerts) is somewhat warranted. I say somewhat due to the fact that my wife and I are expecting our first child.
Moving on--what I am looking for is a semi-headless box that is stylish enough for an area such as a kitchen or den. My original plan was to build a trapezoidal shaped box out of MDF and make it luggable, but I have since scrapped that idea...for now.
Rosewill RFA120L-R 120mm 4 Red LEDs LED Case Fan
Rosewill RFA80L-R 80mm Red LED Case Fan
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000AAKS 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
ASUS Black DVD burner with Lightscribe
Here's where this will get...tricky. I'm planning on running Linux for the OS, and a few programs to get the FLACs (and possibly MP3 files) to play. The centerpiece of the program list is IrMP3, a program that allows for remote control input and (if I am reading the sourceforge page right) this program also sends output to an LCD display (artist, song, etc). Said LCD screen would reside in the 3.5 floppy bay.
So the fun begins. You can see the beginnings of this mod here. I've still got to buy the fans and the hard drive (which is why they are not italicized yet). I have also acquired my parents old entertainment center since their new HDTV doesn't quite fit in this old thing. And of course, it'll be modded a bit as well. Once I get the rest of the goodies that I need from estreetplastics I will get some pictures up of it as well, most likely in this thread.
So sit back and grab a drink, the show begins NOW.