A dual-slot card doesn't take up both PCI-e slots, lol. It takes only one, and also covers the normal PCI slot directly below it (dual-slot).
Shouldn't it be really easy to do PS2 emulation? It's not exactly advanced hardware.
The AM3 might be a good idea, though. It might let you upgrade your processor later, if Bulldozer is compatible (I don't know if it will be).
How did you manage to find such an expensive power supply? This Corsair 500 would be fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That RAM is still good, OCing or not.
Honestly ASUS is a much better company than MSI (better all around: Support, Drivers, and stability). The AM3+ board will be better for any future upgrades you may want to do (ie Bulldozer), it also has USB 3.0 ports. 550W is more than enough, and Corsair PSU's are very high quality. G.Skill is the brand I prefer, cheaper than Corsair anyways and just as good.
All the more reason to get something that supports USB 3.0 then. The G.Skill I linked is cheaper, and is a single 4Gb stick (not 2x2Gb). The ASUS board is also an x16/x8 config, not x16/x4 like the MSi.
Whoever told you that USB 3.0 causes fan problems was on something.
Better off going with a single larger stick of ram, it's faster and more can be added later (especially at the price it was showing)
x16/x8 is the better config, yes the x16/x4 will throttle the card in the x4 lane.
Looks better, though I personally will not touch another MSI product (MSI is gonna die, just a matter of when and where), every MSI board I have had has fried within 6-8 months (and taken other hardware with it)
I will pay no more than $75.00(That's with shipping) for a case. Any recommendations?
(I also got rid of the hdmi adapter(Video card comes with vga)
and could afford this!
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371044 (any better?)