New Gaming rig - need advice, buying this week

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2-3 days

Budget Range: Around NZD 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and work

Parts Not Required: Peripherals, Hard drives, sound card - all left over from previous machine

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Overclocking: Yes - only when I need to in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Hey all, am looking at the following and would appreciate feedback/experiences:

Mobo - Gigabyte P67A UD3R B3

CPU - Intel i5 2500K with stock cooling

RAM - Either G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB CL9 1600MHz or Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB CL8 1600MHz depending on retailer

PSU - Either Corsair HX850W or Antec Quattro 850W depending on retailer again

Case - Can't decide between the Silverstone Raven RV02-E and the Antec 902 v3. Is the Raven worth the extra $100 or so? It looks really interesting with the vertical setup and the AP fans; main Q is, does the thermal performance justify the extra cost? Only looking to air cool, no water cooling.

Graphics - AMD HD6950 2GB - few models depending on retailer again, but main feature is non reference cooling (as I can't get any 3rd party solutions over here without shipping being a killer). Main contenders are the Sapphire flex and the Asus DCII.

Main points I need help with is the case selection and if the rest of the parts will work together ok. Also if anyone has the above graphics cards, can you comment if they are indeed cooler and/or quieter than the reference designs? RAM voltage and the mobo should be fine, will PSU suffice (will have 4-5 HDDs and a SoundBlaster X-Fi card in the build)? Keep in mind I will only overclock later down the track when the set up can't handle games I throw at it.

Thanks :)
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  1. The psu will actually be overkill. Even a 650-700w will be plenty for those hdd's and that gpu. To me cases always come down to personal preference. If you like the way it looks,if it has the feature and adequate cooling that you need, you should go with the one you like =D
  2. Thanks for the reply.

    According to Asus' PSU wattage calculator, minimum is 750W but according to Outer Vision Extreme, it's 696W. I thought getting a 850W would be to err on the safe side and give me a bit of headroom when I do eventually OC the machine.

    Also $100 is a lot of extra cash, I like both and it would ultimately come down to performance. So anyone with experiences of either (both ideally) willing to share, would be fantastic :)
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