If you are going for older tech, go for the 1155 socket and 3rd gen CPU for best stock performance. If you are planning to overclock, get the 2nd gen as Intel was still soldering the IHS in those and so they OC better.
As for what to get, ASUS and ASRock are the brands I recommend. If you want to OC get the Z77 chipset and check the manufacturers website for a CPU compatibility list to confirm it supports the CPU you buy.
At this point, eBay is probably your best bet for these parts.