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Need help picking a case for Plex HTPC/Server

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I want to put together a small system that can do backups & be a Plex server/client. In addition to streaming at home, my parents will also be streaming my library via Plex through their Roku 2 XS. They're currently doing it through my laptop, but I obviously need some kind of desktop solution that's always running. Unless I can find a used 2105/2125/3225, I'll probably pickup an i3 3225/Asrock H77 combo from MC along with 8GB DDR3 SAMSUNG MV-3V4G3D, but I have no idea on which case to go with. I would prefer to pick up a small Habey or something similar, but if I need to go with a Lian Li HTPC case or Q07/Q11 due to cooling, that'd be fine. I'm looking for the smallest footprint possible, and I'm not into Antec's non sleek little cases at all. I've read Habey cases are horrible for cooling, but I'm wondering if it'd matter with my proposed build. I'd also prefer it to be sonically invisible.

I'd like enough room for an SSD and one 3.5 HDD. Thank You!
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k Asus Maximus Gene V Asus GTX970 Strix 16GB Samsung 1867 MV-3V4G3D 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB Corsair H60 Windows 7 X64 Dell U2412M 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Mini LE YOTH Seasonic 660XP2 Silverstone TJ08-EW Mionix Naos 8200 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 2GB 12GB Elpida DDR3 Plextor M5 Pro 256GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Plextor M3 256GB Windows 7 Professional x64 17.3" 1920x1080 KBC Poker w/ MX Clears, 62g Springs, & SS Plate 
MouseMouse Pad
Mionix Naos 8200 Mionix Sargas 320 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k Asus Maximus Gene V Asus GTX970 Strix 16GB Samsung 1867 MV-3V4G3D 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB Corsair H60 Windows 7 X64 Dell U2412M 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Mini LE YOTH Seasonic 660XP2 Silverstone TJ08-EW Mionix Naos 8200 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 2GB 12GB Elpida DDR3 Plextor M5 Pro 256GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Plextor M3 256GB Windows 7 Professional x64 17.3" 1920x1080 KBC Poker w/ MX Clears, 62g Springs, & SS Plate 
MouseMouse Pad
Mionix Naos 8200 Mionix Sargas 320 
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About the size of a cable box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174&name=HTPC-Media-Center-Cases
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