for gaming i would pass on that between the fact that has a good 4 slots ddr2 but only has 2 ddr3 slots. in the future which was what this board was made for you would need 2gb sticks to reach what will become the new gaming standard of 4gb
2 x PCI-E x16 (blue @ x16 mode, black @ x4 or x1 mode)
that means when you run SLi only 1 of the slots will get full 16x. the other one will only get 4x or a pittful 1x. not good for gaming.
for your needs lhuser it should be nice. i know you dont game so sli dosent matter and your not into hardcore rendereding so 8gb ram is good.
thank your parents for buying you that kind of PC.