Originally Posted by Thesacksquatch
That mobo is a micro atx. You won't get the performance out of your parts that you are getting with that board. You need to cut back in other areas other then your mobo. You could go for a cheaper cpu and get a better cooling solution and oc it for about the same performance. Also you could change your gpu to a Nvidia 550 ti. That is a great budget card nowadays.
I'm not sure that's the case. Though the chip sets on some mATX boards might be a little less powerful, I think the main difference is size (and the inherent loss of features and cooling ability). For instance, http://www.overclock.net/t/1240401/atx-vs-matx-which
. Can anyone else corroborate this?
As for the CPU, from what I've seen in my research, the i3 2120 scales very well in games as compared to the 965, but of course can;t take advantage of the extra threads in some games. Considering the price isn't all that different (especially considering the i3 can be had cheaper elsewhere on the web), I think I'll stick with the i3. As for the 550 ti, I'm keeping it away with a 10-foot pole.