Other option with a 3570K combo from Microcenter is the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 for $90. Has plenty of sata3, sata2, usb3 and usb2 connectors. It does *not* have any firewire (1394) ports but that's not needed for a pure game rig.
Corsair cases rock.
I built this PC two days ago with the asrock z77 and 3570k along with an SSD and it is so smooth. Perfectly stable at 4.4GHz on air (212 Evo) at 60C.
SSD changes the experience completely. Wouldn't do a build without one.
Definitely try to get a modular psu. My cable mess is hidden, but still a mess.
If you're going to overclock, definitely have to add a cooler to your build. I really like the 212 Evo since you can't beat the price vs performance. Only thing to consider there is getting low profile ram so it will fit under the cooler fan (all depending on the mobo layout).
Now for the OS, I think I understand the difference between OEM and Retail which is that the OEM version locks itself to the motherboard so if the motherboard fails I have to replace both the motherboard and the OS right? That's why I chose the retail version.
If the mobo dies and you replace it with the same make and model, you are fine. If you hang on to this for a long time and the mobo is no longer available, you can call and explain the situation and you should still be good, as long as you don't try to sneak in a chipset upgrade
@j_e_d_70 Well I guess I'll go with the OEM version then. Though what does chipset upgrade mean?
Since the overwhelming consensus is to go with the 3570K I'll go with it if they have the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 in stock. Currently they do not but there's two weeks till I buy my parts so maybe I'll get lucky.