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)
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?