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Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:25 pm
by mrtoebiter
I need some help! I'm a gamer/modder and have decided to get some sort of lcd display for my current rig. Ive read around the forums a bit but Im a little overwhelmed by the number of units offered and what each one does. I want the biggest, brightest, most versitle display I can get for $150 (us) or less.It will need to be the usb variety, because This will be used to monitor system temps and other system info. I dont need a housing. Im pretty handy as Ive done a bit of modding and it wont go in a front bay anyway. LCDC should handle everything from the usb right? I'd like to have all info displyed come from the usb, but id like the option of temp probes/power out as well.


Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:55 am
by Nick
Hi mrtoebiter,

Welcome to the forum.

How many temperature probes do you require?
You don't want any drive bay display packages correct?

I believe the best bet for you would be the VK204-24-USB. It is the brightest technology available and is actually a vacumn flourescent display. The pixels are lit up from a gas emitting diode which get's hot, creating the visualization of light. The incredible thing with a VFD is the viewing angle is HUGE and can be seen from any direction. The VK204-24-USB features the ability to plug four fans directly into the unit; plug up to six individual temperature probes, and has three low power general-purpose outputs. The unit may use up to a twenty-four-button matrix style keypad. Our 20 characters by 4-line unit can also allow you to have vertical or horizontal bar graphs.

A single unit run's at $129.95. However, these units do not come with a full copy of LCDC, and all cables must be purchased seperately.

We provide all our manuals on line at our Tech Support site at

Here is a direct link to the VK204-24-USB: ... acter-vfds


Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:20 am
by Jon
Yeah, as nick said, the VFD is pretty much the king right now. If you were thinking LCD a lot of people go with the white/blue (WB) display, but I am a personal fan of the new inverse yellow(-IY) or inverse reds(-R) that we have. They don't have the same viewing angle as a VFD but they are still pretty sweet.

But after all that most people still like the white blue display,

cables needed link please....

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:05 pm
by mrtoebiter
could you give me a link to all the cables I'd need? I just wanna make sure i get everything I'll need.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:09 pm
by Nick
Well first you have to choose wether you want to connect the usb connection internally to the motherboard or to an outboard insert.

External USB Cable: ... munication

Internal USB Cable: ... munication

Temperature Probes (if you want to keep track of a devices temperature) ... an-cooling

Power Cable: ... ries-power

For the power cable, you can either purchase one, or just simply use an unmodifyed floppy power cable. It's up to you.