Often thought it would be cool to mount my system in the basement ceiling underneath where I work. I have access directly underneath the desk. I could have all kinds of fans, because noise wouldn't be an issue.
However, I'd need:
an external DVD drive that can have a cable long enough to sit on desk (eSata?)
A long cable for monitor
A homemade box with power/reset buttons and extension to plug in headphones/microphone when gaming.
Anything else? What problems would I have?
In (under) my living room, I have a hometheater PC set up high on a shelf. I feed the vga video cable and coaxial audio cable and USB cable up through the floor to my plasma tv and audio system. I use a Gyration bluetooth keyboard and mouse to operate the system and a USB/FireWire optical drive. Works FLAWLESSY and you would never know there is a PC powering this setup...Wife liked this setup so much that I set up her desktop system similarly.
For the Desktop system, I routed the wires for the lcd monitor and speakers...(including power) up through the wall and out through a junction box. All that you see in the room is a small desk with a 17" lcd, and a cordless keyboard and mouse.....NO WIRES whatsoever!
She doesn't have a removable optical drive currently so an occasional trip to the basement is required for sofware installation...