I'm new to selecting motherboards and am not really sure what I need. I would rather not pay for extras I won't end up using, but on the otherhand, I want a user friendly mobo for a first time builder.
Here are the choices I'm considered. Feel free to list a different one, but please explain why it's better for my needs.
For your info, I plan on running:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1600
Corsair Silver HX850
Cooler Master HAF 932
Crucial M4 SSD 128GB
XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB (maybe a 7870 if they drop in price)
I'm a first time builder who really has no clue on what he's doing, so please keep that in mind. Simple and easy are my focus points. I plan on OCing the i5-3570k somewhere in the low 4Ghz in the future when I need to. The PSU is 850 to allow me to have the option of Crossfiring two cards in the future as well.
IMO, you don't need:
any add-on SATA 3 controller, the native Intel ones' are better and enough,
Any memory timings over 1600 are a waste,
any extra USB 3.0 ports, not enough stuff even supports USB 3.0 yet
You will want 2 PCI-e 3.0 slots (x16/x0 or x8/x8) for Xfire/SLi in the future. Any more, including PCI-e, and PCI x1 are a waste.
But if you need something I said you don't, tell me.
P.S. You didn't list a hard disk drive. You'll need/want one as a 128GB SSD won't be enough for "storage," but plenty for boot/OS/Programs/Games.