Good choice, I personally have never owned an MSI board, only a socket AM2 one way back in the days when I knew nothing about PC's. But I haven't heard anything bad about them. So I think as far a board you are okay. As far as RAM as good as that kit is, I just got a CL8 RipjawsX kit from G.Skill for like $64 shipped 2x4GB as well. Bro I absolutely love this RAM and without any effort, they run at 1866 MHz.