Python, many people here run their OS on a SSD. You gain much speed. a 60GB is only a little over $100. While they may not have much storage space, you would install your games and big programs on your secondary drive. It's been done.
Blatty, I wasn't aware headphones were FireWire. Firewire is a dead end, though. Not many facturers make it anymore. USB3 is the new kid on the block to replace FireWire.
Do you mean USB 3 ports? Boards don't come with three USB ports. They normally have 4 or 6.
You do not need a sound card unless you are an audiophile. Onboard sound is adequate.
You could get this CPU and motherboard combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.654384
Little more powerful than the 2500K.