Alright, so I've been browsing these forums without taking part for quite some time now, looking at various mods and ideas. Not having a desktop, I couldn't take part in modding much, or so I thought. Recently, my laptop cooling pad started making an annoying noise at times... Sounded almost like an angry cow? :| So I started shopping around online for a new one and came across a forum documenting a DIY version. At that very moment, my brain clicked on and I had the idea to build my own. In thinking about this, and how I could do it, I realised I have no means to bend acrylic/plexi glass, no real means to bend metal, either. So that leaves me with flat metal/acrylic or a box. That idea didn't sound like something I wanted to do. So I thought about it a little more and came up with a plan. Why couldn't I use my desk as a cooler? Just drill a hole and put a fan in it... Well, this idea spawned a monster. :| I've still got the original plan for the hole and fan, but I now have further plans to solve other issues I have daily. Here's what I'm going to do: Drill a hole in the desktop for the fan to blow up through. (This is where it goes off a bit.) Then, mount the outer case of an old Vtel desktop PC (just the part of the case you would take off to get at the innards) to the bottom of the desk to create a box on the bottom of the desktop. Then drill another hole in the desktop, and yet another in the PC case. The hole in the PC case will be used for an intake fan. The second hole in the desktop will be used to run wires from the laptop into the box. So basically, the fan on the case will be pulling air into the box, an the fan on the desk will be pushing it out. In the box will go all of the usual desktop items. External hard drive, usb hub and a power strip. So this will completely clear my desktop of everything but the laptop itself. My front speakers (Logitech X-530 surround) are mounted to the bottom of my desk, upside down, so they are out of the way. The main idea here, is to cool the laptop and clean up my desk. This will help me manage my cables and wires as well. I'll be mounting the front valance of the desktop to the case as well to use for mounting switches and possibly other gadgets. Here's where your help will come in: I'd like to have the fans be adjustable with a knob. So I can adjust the speed when it's not needed as much. I'm planning on using some fairly basic fans that I had laying around, both of which are 12v and have only positive and negative wires. How could I do this? I plan to have a switch installed as well. So I'll need to know how to wire it up using a 12v power supply. Also, will I need anything between the power and the fans? I have a 12v wall plug. The next step will be lighting. I've ordered some LED lights to mount under the desk for "mood lighting" I guess? These come with a power supply and everything needed to use them, but they are WAY too long. How would I got about shortening them? These will also be wired through a switch mounted to the front of the box. Thanks in advance for the help! When I get the things I need to get started, I'll be posting pics of the build.