Thanks guys...that Fractal case may be the winner though I do prefer aluminum cases...
tim_s - Yeah I really like Lian Lis clean looks and it fits my living room. I built most of my PCs using their cases till I got a Corsair for my main desktop recently
Luc2k - definitely will further read into this one
Arkos - yeah. Originally I was going to have a separate server and htpc. I ended up combining because I figured that the server would always be on whenever my HTPC was as well so why not consolidate. So far so good. I'm using Win 8 (used to be WHS 2011) + Drive Bender (still on the fence about using some form of RAID). I do have two rooms where I could separate the two and not be it an issue with space but for now not sure I want to go down that route
TPreston - I wish I could have a closet where I could build out a rack. Maybe one day when I own a house