Once I bought a lcd panel, a HD44780 with 4x20 characters. It has an integrated controller so you can directly connect it to the parallel port of your workstation. I am using an 8bit lcdtime style wiring with a variable resistor to adjust the contrast and two additional to power the background light and the whole panel.
|a HD44780 with 4x20 characters fits quite perfectly into a pair of 3.5" drive slots; btw this is a cool Lian Li PC50 aluminium case, if you are looking for a good case, consider buying a PC50|
|a front bezel is still missing, LCDproc is running and awaiting clients|