I had an old Kenwood receiver taking up space in my entertainment center, and a boss who decided he was going to throw out an old computer. I decided I would merge the two together inspired by the NES custom build I saw on here a few weeks ago.
All in all the project only took 3 days of tinkering, after gutting the receiver and once my boss finally got around to bringing me his PC.
I could use some practice with the dremel, but this works for me as a first attempt. I was able to rob the HDD mounting hardware from the HP which worked out perfectly and I have the option of adding a 2nd HDD later without issue.
Rather than cutting out the entire bottom of the old case to give me a flat surface, I got a piece of acrylic Plexiglas and put some nylon spacers for standoffs. Using 6-32 screws, I ran them all the way through the case and secured then with a nut on the outside.
I was able to reuse the mechanical power button from the Kenwood by hot-gluing the plastic bracket that housed the electronic switch and LEDs aligned with the button on the face of receiver. The HDD activity LED was used in place of the Standby LED behind the dark plastic. It doesn't show up very well but I thought it was cool that it fit perfectly. I am still working on a way to utilize the Power LED without modding the face too much, if at all. I may just cut a slit in the power button that it can slide into being as its a small rectangular LED. I would also very much like to reuse the front headphone, mic, and 2 USB 2.0 ports, but it doesn't seem feasible at the moment.
If anyone knows of a way that I can reuse the LCD display or something I could mount in its place to give it function, that would be greatly appreciated
To complete the mod, I took the 80mm case fan and mounted it on the top of the case using the existing vent holes to exhaust. This was the only place it would really fit and still move air, plus reach the fan controller on the mobo.
Now if only I could get more reliable sourcing from KODI and a substantial buffer, life would be great, and I could ditch the Dish.