When planning this, my first mod, I was initially interested in doing in using an aluminium case. Thinking about that gave me the idea to give the case an aircraft theme. I went with a sort WWII bomber kind of idea with retro switches, dials, indicator lights, and an authentic aircraft compass that I bought on Ebay. On the side of the case is a window shaped like a bomb that is affixed to the case with a couple of hundred rivets. I replaced the power and reset switches with toggle switches and replaced the power led and HD led with incandescent indicator lights. To control fan speed I used potentiometers (get linear instead of audio taper potentiometers if you want to do this!)I got the cool dials for the potentiometers from Fry's Electronics and the lights from Eagle Electronics. To cover up the ugly plastic drives i did the hidden drive mod (i forget where i found it on the internet) and for the floppy i bought a plate from Lian-Li which sticks onto the floppy bezel. I used a sharpie to color in the parts that weren't covered by the floppy panel.
Inside the case: Enermax 431W PS MSI SiS645DX Motherboard P4 1.8 OC'd to 2.4 Thermaltake 7+ HS/Fan Crucial 512MB DDR3200 RAM MSI Geforce 4 4400 7 Enermax 80mm fans 1 120mm fan 6 potentiometers to control fan speed 1 Red cold cathode light Lite-on 16x DVD Drive Verbatim 40X CDR Drive 80GB Maxtor Quiet Drive
Here you can see the case with the light turned on. Below the floppy drive you can see the volcano 7+ speed switch.
Close-up of the window in the dark. This was the most labor intensive part of case construction. I dremeled the hole in the case and then I had to measure out and drill each and every one of those damn holes in the case and the plexiglas for the rivets to fasten onto.
Close up of the control panel. The top left switch is for the case light. The top right switch is for the compass light. The dials control the speeds of the 6 80mm fans, and the switches can change the case from running 4 80mm fans to running all 7 80mm fans and the 120mm fan.
This shows the hidden drives in operation. The aluminum panels are velcroed to the drive trays and when you press the bottom right hand corner of the panels the drives open.