I'd go with the DS version. It'll give you a bit more cooling and overclocking power. The reference design gives a lifetime warranty but I don't think it's a good idea personally. Better to get better cooling.
2500k! it's $15 more and gives you a phenomenal amount of OC headroom.
For mobo's, you really can't go wrong with Asus or ASRock. ASRock is cheaper but some people claim they aren't as good. I've never had a problem. The ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 is a pretty good budget board.
Well, that's the best information I can give you without knowing more. Cheers!
Some people have had DOA ASRock boards (more than with most electronics), but most just get great deals. Go that way.
Absolutely 2500K. A little OCing will get you through several years.
That combo looks nice, but it won't let you SLI (only one PCIe-x16 slot). If you want SLI (decide!), get an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 for $125 (+1 above).
Also, if you do go SLI, you'll need a 750W PSU. If you don't, go 500W. This assumes that the PSUs are of very good quality: Antec, Corsair, Silverstone, Seasonic, XFX or OCZ.
And no SLI? What MOBO would you suggest for OCing?
Overall the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 is the best option for you as it supports SLI and is a Z68 Mobo so you get some extra features over the P67 based Mobos.ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 gives great OverClocking headroom and you could easily OC the CPU to 4.5Ghz with the help of a cheap CPU Cooler like CM Hyper 212+ .The MSI Mobo doesnt support SLI because it has only one PCIe 2.0-x16 slot and inorder to do SLI it must've another PCIe 2.0-x16/x8/x4 slot.
^Except for Quick Sync, and I don't know anyone that actually does that (do YOU do heavy transcoding?), Z68 doesn't offer any more useful features. Intel SSD caching doesn't work well, and the user can do better by manually sorting their data between the HDD and SSD. With that said, the Z68 Extreme3 is still probably the best deal.
Thank you all. Ordered the ASRock all three of you suggested, striker was first though.
My final build:
CPU: i5 2500k
GPU: EVGA 560ti
MOBO: ASRock z68 extreme3
PSU: corsair 500w (will have to buy new one in the future for SLI, but no issue now)
RAM: Patriot Memory DDR3 1600 8GB
HDD: 160GB 7200RPM re-certified by western digital. Cheap and temporary until prices go down.
Dvd burner by samsung
Case: Rosewill ranger ATX mid tower
HDD: that's the old IDE connection also known as PATA now, looks like there IDE (PATA) connection on the side of the mob just need the right cable, just in case my poor eyes are not see that grainy board image right then you can just get a IDE controller for the pci slot on the mob
CD/DVD - that is a SAS connection the sata is right next to it in the middle, not to sure if there is a SAS to SATA cable out there may need to get a IDE/SATA/SAS controler but SAS in lamens terms is sata with power, there is more to it but not much.
considering it's a 500w more than likely not
These are the requirements from EVGA
Minimum of a 500 power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amps.)
Two available 6-pin PCI-E power dongle
Wouldn't hurt to bump up to a 650 or 750 if you want to go SLI but the 500w psu should work