The i3 is not a good CPU for gaming or 3D applications, you need at least an i5, i7, Phenom II, or Athlon II X4 to get best results. I would also be a little skeptical about a 500W included-with-the-case power supply as they usually aren't good enough to give decent performance with many graphics cards. Finally, I would have suggested a standard ATX motherboard as micro-ATX boards have heating issues. Before you consider the graphics card, I would first suggest a good power supply from Corsair, Silverstone, OCZ, Thermaltake, or PC Power in the 550W range. It's not always the wattage you have to be concerned about, but also the quality. For the graphics card, it really comes down to what you are going to be doing with the computer. Since this motherboard has only one PCI-E X16 slot, you don't have to worry about SLI or Crossfire. If you are a gamer who doesn't need super high frame rates, the SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB
will get you by. If you play more fast paced games, or simply want greater performance, I would suggest the SPARKLE SXX4601024D5UNM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
. If you want one of the higher-end cards, the XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB
is suggested. Given that your motherboard is incapable of using SLI/Crossfire, I suggest either the second or third card. The Radeon 5850 is about 10 to 10.5 inches long depending on manufacturer, make sure your case has the necessary room if you purchase that one. As for the RAM, your system has four RAM slots taking DDR3-1333 with a maximum amount of RAM set at 16GB. I suggest CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
. It is a 4GB stick of RAM, four would be needed to max out your RAM however, most home users can make do with 4GB and high performance gaming PC's will do well around 8GB but that is more of a luxury. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of RAM.
Edited by DJBPace07, 26 August 2010 - 05:28 PM.