Gaming PC: Compatibility check and case recommendation

Hi guys! I just signed up and am hoping you guys can help me figure out if my system I am putting together will work correctly and everything. I have not chosen a case or cooling system yet because I am not sure what all I have to look at to narrow down my search, so I will definitely need some advice about that. Other than that, I would like to know if the MoBo is sufficient for the RAM, video card, etc. Thanks in advance!

Sound will use integrated sound, ethernet for internet, I have my own mouse and keyboard (Razer Tarantula and Razer Lachesis)

I would like to overclock the processor to maybe 3.5-3.6GHz, as long as it isn't overheating things (again need a cooling system).

MoBo: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

CPU: Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor

GPU: Although I don't plan on doing it now, I plan to do SLI with the following card and another one in the future, for now though this one will be plenty sufficient I think.
nVidia EVGA GTX 590 CLASSIFIED Limited Edition 3GB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI express 2.0 x16

Power supply:
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S950 950W ATX12V v2.2


Hard drives: 2x Western Digital VelociRaptor 450GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

Disk drive: LITE-ON CD/DVD burner

OS: Windows 7 home premium

Please feel free to recommend cases and cooling systems which would work with this configuration (assuming it's all ok). As for the case, I would like a fan in front, side fans are ok, top fan I would prefer not to have. A side window isn't a big deal to me, and preferrably not a lot of lights.

EDIT: My budget for this is roughly $3000-$3500
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