I've been lurking around the HTPC forum for a while now, just trying to get my head round the whole thing, and like many, starting to get an idea of what spec. I might need... So, I got onto the subject of cases; size, spec, "beauty", cost, and what kind of "user interface" I'd like to have... There is some truly good looking kit out there at a price, which got me thinking... Has anyone investigated the idea of having an external HTPC front-end with, say, an "umbillical" to the actual HTPC (which can then be stowed away out of sight, in a low spec case)? This could potentially remove the need for absolute silence also. The front-end would only need to house a DVD drive, VFD/IR, and maybe card-reader etc, thus making the case quite small, and hopefully cheaper than a full-blown HTPC case. The only downside to this would be the need for an "umbillical" cable and the maximum length that this cable can be. So, anyone looked into this? Any suggestions on potential cases to achieve this sort of thing?