I am starting a new mod that will be a fun project. I have a home theater in my house but don't yet have a HTPC. So I am going to use my popcorn maker and with a little modding I will have a computer that makes popcorn.
This will be on display at the Zotac booth during PAX.
I would also like to announce http://www.zotacusa.com/ as a sponsor. They will be sending me a motherboard for this project. Special thanks to Cherry .
The plan is to make it look like it was made from the factory this way. I will basically be extending the base of it about 9 inches taller. I will incorporate a window into the front that will wrap around the sides. I'll use tinted acrylic so that it will be blacked out when powered off but when the lights are on you will be able to see the components inside. The biggest challenge will be space planning. I'll need room for the motherboard, HDD, PSU, and a DVD unit. That's a lot of stuff.
I am considering not using a DVD player and sticking with USB. With the size of USB drives these days you can get a lot on them. That would save me a little room as well.
I am starting with a stock 300W popcorn machine -
Here is a quick and dirty drawing of the basic concept -
I have gathered up a few pieces of material to get started. I only have a couple weeks, so I better get cooking! I started the tear down and did a lot of head scratching.
I cut the piece to make my base walls. This is clear .250 acrylic. I marked where I will router out for the window.
I'm using a piece of .500" acrylic for the bottom. I will be drilling and tapping a lot of holes in this for standoffs, case feet, psu fan hole, etc. so I thought it couldn't hurt to have something beefy!
So that's all I've got for you right now. I will be getting the tinted acrylic soon. I wanted to use red acrylic for the base but they don't make a red that matches the plastic top of the machine. So I will be using something really cool to make this thing pop ( no pun intended ).