If you like the look of the NZXT H2, have a look at Fractal Design. They pretty much only release cases that are similar in design and are packed with sound damping material.
See that fan in the back left of the case?
The motherboard lays horizontally just under that. You can fit a full length graphics card inside the case, though you will have to sacrifice those three drive bays to do so. You will still have two in there.
Heres a review of the case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZXDgjVY_EI
No worries, does not have to be minimal. I am just looking for cases that don't look just like any other case and have something special about their design regardless of features. If feature rich the better. Thanks for your links!
I was actually thinking about the airflow and thought that HTPC would not have such an issue with it.
The reason by this was that I think hot air rises, so if somehow fans could push the hot air upwards in its natural flow rather then sideways it could reach good cooling values.
However such a case does not exists as far as I know and my reason behind hot air rising might not be applied to cases. At least not where there is a board in its horizontal position inside.
Leaves me with, what HTPC case would support this setup or a rather large video card in general? Can HTPC generally support a high workload or are rather for simple video/audio playback with a little load? I would assume one can pack quite a powerful HTPC system together for gaming as well as normal use, however the heat might be an issue as mentioned. What cases would be for this scenario?
Apart from that I have been thinking about an aluminum case with a wooden workout, imagine how silent that would be, so a have a solid wooden coating as a mod perhaps. But yes for standard off the shelf cases this is not available.
You will have to downgrade your RAM. Intel systems arent supposed to handle RAM that runs above 1.5v, that runs at 1.6v. There is also little benefit to RAM faster than 1600Mhz CL9.
Dont think you would eb able to fit the Noctua in their either. Some mid-towers have issues with it.
Look at the Raven cases I showed earlier. The rotated motherboard tray allow for hot air to escape out the top.
As for HTPC style slim cases that are good for gaming, dont know any.
If your confident enough to mod a case to have a wooden shell, why not build a case outright? It seems to me that your going for a more design oriented or unique case rather than purely functional (though the hardware inside it is pretty beefy), from scratch case building is one way to do that.