What to look for in a motherboard?

My ancient HP is about to bite the dust and I am considering building instead of buying. I have pretty much decided on the 3rd gen I5 processor, 3570K, but I am getting confused on the motherboard.
I know the first thing to think about is what do I want out of the system:
Support for multiple monitors,
Performance for light gaming (grandsons),
When I click on a program, I want it to open now, not in 2-3 minutes
Media center,
Blue tooth,
Wireless networking,
possible very light video editing

That's pretty much all I can think of right now. I just don't want to pay for what I don't need, but then again, it is better to pay an extra 30 bucks now than to have to buy a new motherboard later. I want it to be able to handle whatever I throw at it-within reason.

I have been looking at the Asus P8Z77 series, but the specs aren't making me see any real differences. Any recommendations?
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  1. OK, so with that CPU, u want to overclock.

    U want to get 16GB RAM helps when video edit.

    When I click on a program, I want it to open now, not in 2-3 minutes

    Than SSD is what u need. Its super fast.
  2. Great mobo for decent price.

    Of course u can pay for better one, but for your needs it will do great!.

    U can definitely use this one -> ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 -> ... Latest Z77...

    I just build PC with this mobo and I like the BIOS, its looks like this.

    Works as expected @ 4.4GHz

    That is a great mobo choice for the CPU. It has good power design for OC.

    Read the Toms review Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed
    @ http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bridge-benchmark,3254.html

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX


  3. I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile.
    And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.
  4. If u get an after market CPU cooler, u can OC to 4.5GHz with ease : )
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus120mm CPU Cooler

  5. Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  6. "Support for multiple monitors, "

    This mobo has it all.
  7. nikorr said:
    "Support for multiple monitors, "

    This mobo has it all.

    Thanks Nikorr, you gave me what I really needed - a shopping list.

    This is going to be a slow build, but still as fast as my finances will allow. I have alot of interest and have read alot, but until I get my hands on, it is all just data, so I am really looking forward to it.

    I am sure you'll hear from me again. Thanks again, you went above and beyond. I appreciate it.
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