The MSI is good, but I have this board and there's not enough onboard USB (only one) so if you have more than 2 front USB, like I do, you will have to buy a PCI card.
- I might suggest this one... This was the other one I was thinking about (and should have got)
Newegg.com - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- +1 for the 2500K sandy... I have it as well
- Personally I like low profile ram. Depending on what CPU cooler you will use, the heat spreaders on the top can get in the way.
I would suggest something like this:
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
I also have the GTX 570, so a +1 to that as well...
but now since your upgrading all this, what about the power supply? After I did my upgrade to what I have in the sig, my old PSU was unstable and finally died, so I had to buy a new one...
You might want to think about maybe going to a 560 ti, which is still a great card, but adding a PSU to the bundle
Newegg.com - MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
and add a PSU. Now I bought this one, only because it was modular, but you get the idea:
Newegg.com - SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply