Preface After completing Project: "Remora" and accomplishing every goal I set out to do I decided that the big screen TV needs a similarly easy-to-use machine to allow me to playback whatever is recorded without having to burn a CD or use a keyboard or mouse. While trying to extend my wireless network to the basement I came to realize that the computer I was using previously using was too outdated to function properly with a fast enough wireless standard to be able to stream video from the other computers on the network, so another machine will need to be made as a replacement. And since I'm also having some disc compatability issue with my current DVD player I decided to roll DVD playback support into the new unit as well. Concept Since this machine will be for playback of recorded television programs and movies it needs to be as quiet as possible and unobtrustive. So if you're expecting lots of lights and super-strong cooling setups than this project is probably going to be disappointing. Here's what will be (tenatively) going inside this machine. + Mobile Celeron "Banias" 1B ghz Processor [integrated into motherboard] + Intel "Shelton" 845G uATX motherboard [7x7.5"] + 256mb or 512mb of RAM (not sure right now) + Toshiba SD-C2302 laptop DVD-ROM + 12gb IBM Travelstar 2.5" HDD + 4gb USB thumbdrive (might replace hard drive, but undecided on this) + Ituner PW200M DC-DC Power supply + HP F1140a 12v 5a 60w AC power brick (so cheap on eBay) Goals Using the above hardware I will be able to build a completely fanless machine and have designed a case accordingly. During benchtesting I will be testing some RAMdisk software to make a 50-100mb logical drive on the RAM itself so that I can load a small swap file and a few programs (GB-PVR and maybe PowerDVD) from it after the OS has booted. Once the machine is booted and the programs copied to RAM this machine will allow the hard drive to stop moving or (if I decide to do so) stop accessing the thumbdrive. This will in effect make a machine that uses no moving parts (and therefore creates no noise) during normal operation. The only time it will make noise is when it's playing a DVD or booting/shutting down. This should make for an extremely unobtrusive machine and coupled with the software Case Design The case will be machined out of polycarbonate and acrylic which I will be buying as srap from a local plastics shop. In order to heat-warp the shaping I want I'll need to make a wood form and this may require some practice in advance. The DVD-ROM drive will be windowed to show the DVD loading and spinning (something I've done before and really enjoy seeing). Basically the case comes in 4 pieces and when built it will be able to be hinged open from either side to access the drives and motherboard. The drives (and potentially the power supply) will be located under the motherboard tray to allow for easy cable organization and access. The front and rear case panels will be secured together with square acrylic rod which will also be used to mount the motherboard. The case then sits upright in a stand that allows air to passively vent upwards through the case. The front face will be trimmed in grey plastic to mask the lines of the DVD-ROM faceplate and the power button/light will be made from a solid 1-inch clear acrylic ball. My life is a little more busy than normal right now but I'm hoping to complete this project within the next month. I already have the majority of the parts and have most of the plastic I need. I do not have the correct color of acrylic at the moment so if I do not manage to go to the plastics shop soon this case could end up being made out of blue acrylic instead. This one is going to be fun.