Gaming HTPC advise

I want to build an HTPC gaming system fit for a living room, not some awful looking tower(not one for bells and whistles anyway). I need help picking a case and CPU fan. Also any suggestions for anything else below would be cool too. Total budget I have is about 1400 but I want to keep it below 900 so I can buy some extra raid storage for my movie collection. I have no plans to over clock anything. I don't want to crossfire/sli either cause I play on a TV and micro-studdering is highly visible on a tv. I did read that the 7970 is fast enough to not cause studdering though but I don't want to find out they were wrong about that.

Parts I have picked
i5 3570k
Gigabyte ghz edition 7970 GV-R797TO-3GD
8gb of gskill sniper 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
Rosewill 750w Hive modular PSU

The case I am looking at currently is the Grandia gd08 but that thing is really big.
Any suggestions would be great. I have not picked the cooler yet.
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  1. i am also looking to build a HTPC, something with a small form factor, i was looking at the bitfenix prodigy, its the sweetest Mini-itx case ive seen and available in all sorts of colours.

    ill be interested as to what people reccomend!
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    Main Specifications


    •Type / Form Factor: Intel Core i7 3770K

    •Number of Cores: Quad-Core

    •Number of Threads: 8 threads

    •Cache: 8 MB

    •Cache Memory Details: L3 - 8 MB

    •64-bit Computing: Yes

    •Clock Speed: 3.5 GHz

    •Max Turbo Speed: 3.9 GHz

    •Compatible Processor Socket: LGA1155 Socket

    •Manufacturing Process: 22 nm

    •Thermal Design Power: 77 W

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    •Cache Memory Installed Size: 8 MB

    Integrated Graphics

    •Type: Intel HD Graphics 4000

    •Base Frequency: 850 MHz

    •Max Dynamic Frequency: 1150 MHz


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    I would go with this cpu for a few bucks more & have pcie 3.0
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