If you don’t have your own dedicated home theater PC, you can still get in on some of the fun with a multimedia station for your desktop computer, like this one from Antec. It adds a volume knob to the front of your computer, as well as lets you control your music or videos from across the room with the included remote control. Whether you’re kicking back in your office chair for a bit of TV watching or you’re listening to music from across the room, it’s the perfect upgrade for media lovers sick of using a keyboard and mouse for everything.
These aren’t the only useful options for those drive bays, of course. We stumbled upon some other cool things like hard drive fans (perfect if your case is a little low on cooling) or adapter brackets for mounting more internal hard drives. Heck, one Redditor even silenced a really loud drive by mounting it in a 5.25″ bay with rubber bands (which is super clever, but I’m not sure I’d want to risk the rubber bands breaking). If you’re still looking for useful ideas, browse around computer stores like Newegg, or check out this handy page at FrozenCPU. There are a lot of inexpensive, useful upgrades you can make with those empty drive bays.
In my research for the above upgrades, I found a lot of weird, unsafe, and just plain absurd things designed to fill the drive bays on a desktop PC. I couldn’t leave without including them, so here they are, for your viewing pleasure. Thankfully, these are all out of stock (or, in one case, a joke product), so even if you think its a good idea, you’ll be forced to forego them in favor of something a bit more useful.