Component-style HTPC case for best quiet system?

I am interested in building an HTPC for my living room, to go in my media cabinet. I would like it to have the following:

Fast processor (quad-core if possible)
2+GB RAM
Two HDTV tuners
Two Raptors in RAID 0 for system, two 1TB drives (also in RAID 0) for media (possibly external via eSATA)

Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n

High end video card or cards

Now I know that there is an issue with what can fit into a horizontal-style case a la the ZALMAN HD160XT-B or similar.
I know there is also an issue with heat in such a system as high-end components and small spaces pose cooling problems.
If one uses air cooling there may also be an issue with noise from the fans.

So, I would like to find a case that
(a) can fit these components, most relevantly a high end video card or 2, as apparently some cases can't fit them in
(b) can either be air-cooled with acceptable fan noise or can fit a water cooling system,
(c) looks nice

Might anybody have suggestions as to which cases will fit the bill?

Much thanks in advance,
Jerry Paulson
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  1. I'm looking at the SILVERSTONE Crown Series CW02B-MXR for my next HTPC:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163084

    It is a nice tall case which can easily fit the Scythe Ninja HSF, maybe even the Scythe Infinity or similar size HSF.

    There's even "holes" for a watercooling solution in the back.

    It can fit up to 6 drives and a 92mm fan can be mounted under each drive cage.

    It's the only HTPC case that I could find which has a 120mm rear fan.
  2. This one by Lian Li looks pretty good, looks similar to any piece of home theater equipment.

    http://www.silverpcs.com/product_info.php?products_id=457&osCsid=ae6e58a2a6439702517c81a149ea3ad0

    Pretty sure it's large enough for your components. It already has 2 120mm fans and 2 80mm fans.
  3. Not bad. Too bad it can't support 6 drives.
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