Great to hear that you've been exploring the site, and our displays. I know it's pretty easy to get overwhelmed by all the options we have to offer, but I think I can provide a few ideas, and a little understanding.
First, unfortunately, all PCs are set up a little differently, so I'm not quite sure of the size constraints you are working with. The best option for our displays in a PC application will be a bay mount which can be inserted in one of your 5 1/4" CD/DVD drive slots. You can check out those mounting options here
Second, the type of display you purchase is largely a matter of personal preference. To help narrow it down, you may want to decide if you want a character LCD
, character VFD
, or graphic LCD
. The links I've provided are just a few of my own favorites.
The character units are simplistic, showing just text, as well as 8 custom character that can be used to make icons if you like. The VFD version will be brighter, and easier to read. The greenish text can be a little bland, but a filter will spruce up the look. Finally, graphics will give you a huge range of creativity and flexibility, but may be a little more than you are looking for.
Third, our screens will display almost anything you desire, when provided with the data required. At this point you may want to explore your own code, or purchase a program to do the work for you. We have used LCDC
extensively in the past, and I know it will work for displaying temperature, as well as many other vitals on your system.
Finally, you will definitely need to get power and communication lines to your device. If you go with a serial model, you'll be looking for the power and communication cable
, if you choose a USB unit, you'll need either and internal
As far as other peripherals go, you may want to check out a keypad
based on the unit chosen, and it sounds like you definitely want to have a look at some temperature probes
. To connect those probes to a display, you will need a Dallas One-Wire header, which are usually added through a pretty simple custom request. But you can reach firstname.lastname@example.org
for all the info on specific models.
For fan control, the older character LCDs and VFDs have the capability to control fans. These units will however, be discontinued. This functionality is currently planned for the GX series
through an add on board, however it is unavailable at this time.
Our displays can display any type of data that can be obtained from your system, so you may want to check out a program like LCDC or monitoring software if you would like to go a little more advanced to explore what you can display. As I'm sure you have already discovered; the possibilities are nearly boundless.