Mother Board: This is the item I need the most advice about, I've heard so many good and bad things about tons of MBs and I can't keep it straight or make a good informed decision about it because I am not a MB expert.
Also: any good heatsink/ extra fan ideas would be welcome as well.
Thank you in advance for any and all advice!
It is very much appreciated!
As for motherboards, I would recommend something that is SLI capable, and around $160. Anything over is just a pure ripoff, since motherboards are just a "docking station" for other components. I would recommend boards from companies such as: Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS, or ASRock. You also want a z68 chipset motherboard if you want a SSD in your system.
^The Noctua's nice, but at this level of GPU performance you won't need to OC your processor enough to need it. A $35 Hyper 212 EVO would be fine.
On one 560 Ti, you'd be fine with a 500W PSU, and if you want to be able to run two, get 750W. 650W is awkwardly in the middle.
How much data do you have on your current computer? You'll almost certainly need a data hard drive for your music etc, but if you have an external one or something, that'd work.
An ASRock Z68 Extreme3 would be nice at $125. Fine for SLI, got all the goodies.
You also want a z68 chipset motherboard if you want an SSD in your system. said:
You also want a z68 chipset motherboard if you want an SSD in your system.
Not exactly. Z68 lets you use Intel's SSD caching tech, but Tom's found that it really doesn't work very well, and that it's better to just manage your data yourself by putting stuff like media on the HDD and the OS and apps on the SSD. This'll work in P67 as well; the SSD is just another drive. ASRock just happens to not make a P67 Extreme3.
212 evo will work fine for decent overclock - I would go for the SSD and wait on HDD till prices come back down to earth. I've had great luck with Gigabyte but any of the manufacturers listed ^ are good. Looks like a good build.