Motherboard for desktop(and some other Q?s)

This is my first ever attempt at building a desktop, and I know very little about it.
My uses for it will include schoolwork, sound and MIDI/video editing, possibliy 3D modeling, and some gaming.
I had a motherboard picked out, but I decided that I might want one that's still decent, but a little less expensive.
(originally I had an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme -Z - LGA 1155 - Z68 - ATX Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 Motherboard)

**Note** Looking through the articles, I found these:
ASRock Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 2133 LGA 1156 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard GA-Z68XP-UD5

They sound like they would be compatible, and they're cheaper than the first...

Any help with finding a different one would be appreciated. The other components of my theoretical computer are listed below: (I apologize for any unecessary garble in the titles...I'm not sure what's important :??:

Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0
RAM: Corsair Memory Vengeance 16GB Quad Channel Kit DDR3 1600 MHz 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K
HDD: WDC 750 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive
Sound Card: ASUS PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG

Also, what wattage would I need for a power supply? I have a 460W one picked out.

And, as a possibly extraneous detail, (possibly not for temperature reasons) I'm sticking all of this in an old Dell Inspiron shell, which might mean I need a pretty heavy duty fan. Any advice towards that?

Any and all help is appreciated!
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  1. All motherboards with a particular chip set , in your case the Z68 , will perform identically.
    The price difference is explained by added features . Work out what those are and dont pay for things you dont need .

    The power supply will need to be around 650 - 750 watts for long life and stability
  2. Thank you!

    After scrounging around amazon some more, I came up with this configuration:

    Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5
    HDD: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mhz 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit SDRAM
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus
    Case: Old Dell Inspiron case (black plastic/metal)
    Fan: Cooler Master BladeMaster 92mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan
    Sound Card: ASUS PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG
    Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache

    Total price: Just under $1000.

    If someone wants to help, I just want to make sure that there aren't any compatiability issues before I go and order the parts.
    Are all of these parts still good?
  3. The only thing you need to check is that the case is an ATX case .

    If it is [ when you look from the front] the left side should come off . Dell have also used BTX cases and in those the right hand side comes off to reveal the components .

    If its BTX then you will also need a new case . The motherboard wont be compatible
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