- Integrated IR Slot (for MCE Remote)
- Integrated Card Reader (or exposed 3.5 drive bay)
- Room for at least 2 HD drives (3 preferred)
- Quiet! Able to be cooled nearly passively (good airflow/layout)
Additionally, something that is nice looking is required, although that's very subjective. Ideally, the case would hide the Card Reader and any front ports behind some panel. VFD, Volume Knob, etc, are nice to have but not required. Size isn't really an issue, I've got a ton of space (height, depth) under my TV.
Further, I've looked at a bazillion cases, and it seems they *all* have issues. The Antec cases (Fusion, MAX, NSK2480) are all really nice, but zero option for a card reader. Silverstone cases have tons of front panel option, but no IR port, and crappy layout. The Lian-Li PC-C34F has the features, but that front panel is pretty ugly with the locking door. Others have crappy cooling. Etc Etc.
Please help! I can't figure out why not a single manufacture *get's it*.
I'd go so far as to say money really isn't a problem; I want the right case for our living area, and if it costs more, so be it.