New builder seeking advice on possible system setup for home use/gaming/some 3D work.

Laptop is losing it's gusto, thus I am looking to upgrade and have decided to take it upon myself to make my first ever personal build. I have made a lot of headway in researching all the necessary components and have made a possible setup list with options, which is why I am seeking advice to make the final decisions. What I am looking to accomplish is an above average personal home setup for everyday use/some gaming/some 3D modeling. (not high end AutoCAD modeling, just SketchUp I'd say). Budget around $1,000 to $1,500. Looking to make this happen by the new year, personal present to myself. And yes I will be buying a monitor. So please take a look at the selection below and let me know what you think. PS: Definately need help with motherboard selection.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics.
Note: I have no knowledge of overclocking but am getting the k version in case I am ever intrigued. Also I believe this version better supports multiple displays.

MOBO: This I cannot decide on and need the most help with. I do want a Z87 chip-set and an ATX model however, so I am thinking the following as options. (wireless would be nice but I can add that on as an extra).
-ASRock Z87 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-ASUS Z87-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard
(It has been noted in multiple reviews on this board that the "Killer" Ethernet chip is garbage)
-GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Lots of options for the mobo I know but I just can't decide. I don't plan on having any more than two graphics card though, if that, which is next and brings up a question.

GPU: A couple options here but I know I want Crossfire/SLI ready, 1 or 2 GB memory on board, OpenGL 1.5 or higher (for Google SketchUp modeling), and something powerful for gaming.
-AMD Radeon HD 7870
-Geforce GTX 660
Note: I know there are big differences between workstation and gaming computer components and I stated I'd be doing some 3D modeling, but i think there shouldn't be a big problem here. However, if i wanted the best of both worlds, is it possible to join one gaming GPU and one 3D modeling GPU in crossfire/SLI layout and achieve this or is that not possible?

Hard Drive: I want one 120Gb SSD and one 1TB or so HDD. The SDD for the OS.
-SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
-WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Memory: (RAM) 16 GB low latency DDR3
Note: Will be determined based on compatibility with mobo. Any good brand name suggestions are welcome.

PSU: Would like this to be completely modular and have extra power for growth. Want to run at the 50% mark for efficiency, thus looking at 850W units.
-KINGWIN Lazer LZ-850 850W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector Power Supply

Case: I like the first the best but am worried that it will not get enough front ventilation.
-BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
-White Enermax Hoplite ST Mid Tower Computer Case, Integrated 3-Step Fan Speed Controller, Front USB 3.0, w/ Dual 120mm Fans, P/N: ECA3261-W (Apparently out of stock on newegg but could get elsewhere)

Optical drive: CD/DVD/RW
-ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

+Wireless adapter depending on mobo.
-ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates WPA2

+Monitor - 1920x1080 HD, possibly Samsung.

Also, I'm thinking widows Vista as I may have an extra disk and key. 64 bit. I'm iffy about widows 8...
Other Info- I am located in NY (not the city), I don't have a preference besides Intel CPU, and I haven't gamed on a PC in a long time so i have no basis for requirements.

Thank you for anyone who is willing to take the time and help this first timer out.
I really appreciate it
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  1. my only comments are if you really want 16 Gb of ram and an i7, given your budget id get a gtx 770! That'll be great for gaming or 3d you'd have no need to switch.
    The 7870 is great and I have it actually. But my pc is an 800$ budget build, including windows 7. (Already have monitors and keyboard n mouse) with an fx6300. So u can see its matched tto my build. Don't spend less than 120 on a mobo (look for high power phases like 8+4, and for 2 pciexpress slots that do 16x 16x or at least 8x and 8x in sli configuration).
    Honestly all I can say is at the extreme end ud have a great gaming, modelling and rendering machine no matter what. Gear it toward 900-1200 for your purposes. U dont want vista OR 8. GET WINDoWS 7..use the windows rule of thumb...every other one is good. XP > vista < windows 7 > windows 8
  2. Thanks for the Input Beezy! I took your advice along with one of my friends and went with Windows 7. I chose the ASUS Z87 Pro MoBo becasue of the brand quality, reviews, wireless, Bluetooth, and their automatic optimization. Unfortunately the gtx 770 was not on the "Approved vendors list" so I went with the Radeon HD 7870 GPU instead, it should still rock anything I throw at it. Overall my setup ended up like so;

    1 x ($289.99) Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Qu

    1 x ($199.99) ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s US

    1 x ($189.99) ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition

    1 x ($169.99) CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRA

    1 x ($139.99) Rosewill LIGHTNING-1000 1000W Continuous @ 50°C, I

    1 x ($99.99) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    1 x ($94.99) Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB In - OEM

    1 x ($85.99) SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TL

    1 x ($49.99) BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX

    1 x ($42.99) ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA - OEM


    1 x ($-29.99) DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #100617

    Subtotal: $1313.91
    Tax: $0.00
    Shipping and Handling: $0.00

    Total Amount: $1313.91

    Then I went on to find Dell had a 21.5" monitor, HD 1920x1080, with HDMI and VDI input for $130 (+HDMI cable $6) so I snagged that up.
    I have a keyboard but will upgrade later. I'd say this will be a nice little setup and I hit my budget right on the head.
    Total: $1,460.77 all in. Merry Christmas to me! lol
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