mike the mb that you want to look at are the new z77 chipset. it will do both sandy bridge and ivy bridge if you want to upgrade latter. as intel with haswell cpu will be using another new sockett.
H67, P67 and Z68 allow Ivy Bridge too.
If he gets a Z68 with PCI-E 3.0 revision, the unique difference between Z77 and Z68 is that Z68 uses a chip to allow USB 3.0, and Z77 have an internal controller.
Considering Z68 shall be cheaper, no harm done in getting this one.