You know, if you put a large intake fan down at the the bottom of that front panel, then not only will you have a nice looking, custom front panel, but you will have an intelligent design custom front panel!
This is a good idea! Me front lower is spoken for, and infront of the HDD is too, but. The top half is open, it's not in front of the MoBo, but it's me best location.
A front intake fan with a removable, washable air filter would be smarter yet!
That is a wicked cool thought too. It makes me want to put the fan in front too.
Concentrating most of the incoming air through a filter prevents the majority of heat trapping dust from entering the case and blanketing the heat sensitive components. Occasionally washing an easy to remove air filter is a lot easier, and greatly reduces the number of times you will need to tear down the computer to lug it outside to clean.
Air in is valuable information, I was thinking of haveing a fan over the CPU to back it's fan. If I put the fan in the top front, then it will be a gentler flow, and maybe cooler.
I don't go for fancy lights because I tend to pay attention to my monitors and expect my cases to sit quietly and discreetly out of the way. But since you are making a custom, yet apparetently reserved ( ) design to this, there are some fans with LEDs and a subdued (nothing flashing!) blue glow might look nice too.
I did fond a 120mm, red LED, 2000 RPM, silent model that i thought would look cool. The other lights are for the power on, and HDD active. I have a hearing problem, and it's a good satus indicator.
I spent the week working on a idea for the side panel.
This is a unfinished example. I was thinking cane, but that is harder to weave, I was also thinking a nylon color string, but couldn't make up me mind.
Any suggestions on this? If I make panel under the MoBo solid and the panel over it, open like this, there be plenty of unrestricted air flow out. Another thought was to leave it solid and have the weave over it. SO many chosses, I real do need hep on this!