First Build:Thoughts, advice, and feedback please

I am going to build my first system. I'll use it for as my work-from-home machine as well as some gaming. Base OS will be Win7 or 8.1.

Work mainly consists using Excel and small, <100MB, Access databases; running Chrome with,normally, 20+ tabs; running Firefox with 6-12 tabs; RDP sessions, 1-2; fairly regularly streaming video/youtube. Additionally I'd like to experiment with running virtual machines, 1-3(?), using Virtual Box and/or Windows Virtual PC.

Background/always on apps are: Box, Dropbox, and Google drive; Amazon Cloud Player and iTunes, ~250GB library; AVG and MalwareBytes; CrashPlan+ for backup.

PC gaming currently is limited to COD: World at War and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (both on Steam).

I hope this is a comprehensive enough list to provided informed feedback. :)

In advance of your anticipated help/advice/feedback/suggestions, I thank you so very much.

Here is my proposed build. I am re-using two (2) components from my current system.

HDD (Storage): WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

OD: LG WH12LS39 Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA

CPU: AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition

MOBO: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CASE: Fractal Design Core 3000

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan

PSU: EVGA NEX750G Gold 120-PG-0750-GR

SSD (OS and Programs): Crucial M500 240GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

One of my concerns is the case I am planning on using supports a 160mm CPU cooler and the cooler I am planning on using is 159mm. Should I look at a different combination?

GPU: I am undecided between the following two (2):
Asus HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2


I currently run two monitors: a 26" via HDMI as my primary; a 19 via DVI as my secondary. I plan on replacing both with matching 19" or 21" DVI MONITORS. I will most likely add a third monitor of the same size as the replacements.

While I like the idea of being able to add an additional video card, which if I understand correctly I would be able to if I go with the 7850, I don't know if I would need to if I used one of the other outputs on the 770. Extra appreciation for your thoughts on this point.

Thanks again for taking the time to take a look at this folks. I sincerely appreciate any and all assistance even if it is a 'What the h*#@ are you thinking?'. ;)
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    Radeon cards need an active display port adapter to go past 2 monitors. Nvidia cards will do it with out any adapters. The 770 is also faster than the 7850.
    That being said using both AMD and Nvidia cards I feel like the multi-mon experience is better with AMD cards. It just feels smoother.
    I went from a triple monitor set up on AMD to a single monitor on Nvidia because I didn't like how it was performing with 3 monitors. But I also replaced my main monitor from a 22" 1680x1050 to a 27" 2560x1440 so I didn't really lose any desktop space in the process and my desk looks cleaner now too! If you are replacing monitors you might look into the Qnix Evo II or the Overlord Tempest. If you aren't as much of a risk taker as I am(Qnix is a Korean monitor so if it breaks its going to be a b*tch getting it fixed) Asus makes a 27" QHD monitor for about 600$.
  2. Yeah it looks like you put a lot of research into your build and you've picked out some good quality hardware. Personally i recommend sticking with a single GPU that is the best you can afford. The 770 will do everything you want it to. The 16gb of RAM is not strictly necessary but im not very experienced with virtual machines and it may be necessary. If you have the money go for it. Lastly i must say a 250gb itunes library sounds very impressive.
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