All three parts I can get locally at a Canada Computers store. Pretty much everything they have is now overpriced, but they claim to do price matching. I will put that to the test Just looking at the 2600k and mobo they can be found $51 cheaper elsewhere..
Mobo considerations: The 600TM has a usb 3.0 slot, so I wanted the mobo to support that. I also wanted one that could do crossfire OR sli to keep options open, though this does feel a bit silly because it will likely not happen.
I disregarded the idea of getting PCI-e 3.0 slots, because they won't work with the 2600k; and I'm not getting a new processor after paying $300+ for one. At least not until I'm ready to get a new rig a few years from now.
I am not getting a non-stock cpu cooler at this time. I wanted to see how the 2600k performs as is, and if I need some more power for streaming I can overclock later.
Can the 2600k use 1600mhz RAM without overclocking, or does it run at 1333mhz?
Sadly, the i7 will also down the speed of 1600 RAM to 1333 mhz. I f no OC ever, get an H61 MOBO. I f you even consider OCing in the future, get a P67 or Z68 MOBO. However if you want to get an SSD later on, get the Z68 for caching.