I see you have built a computer before, so please ignore some of my advice, as I posted before checking your other posts on this
That motherboard does NOT have integrated graphics.
Here is the link.http://www.msi.com/p...#/?div=Overview
A processor or CPU - central processing unit here is the link to yourshttp://ark.intel.com...ache, 3.30 GHz)
so although Intel included the integrated graphics on this Intel® Core™ i5-2500 Processor
(6M Cache, 3.30 GHz)
you still have to look at the motherboard and chipset specifications
If you look at the motherboard and see the image of the I/O plate that is the Input Output connectors you will see that there are not graphics ports. - so in answer to your particular question NO you have not wasted your money.
However you make no mention of the PSU - power supply unit and you need to establish what power supply you need,
Here is the link to the graphics cardhttp://www.hardwareh...oise-temps.html
That card at full load requires 321watts of power.
You are therefore looking at a substantial power supply.
Use this to calculate the minmum and then add a safety marginhttp://extreme.outer...culatorlite.jsp
You have to be looking at 600 watts to be on the safe side., I would think.
You also make no mnetion of hard drive or memory.
The memory acceptable is on the motherboard link.
The best advice I can give you on the information you have provided is to read the article on this link written by a member of GeekstoGo and read other articles as well.http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/
If you have NEVER built a system, I would urge you to acquire an old but working computer. Take it completely to pieces. Rebuild it and see if it still works.
The cost of acquiring an old working system, if you do have to buy it, could prove to be very well spent if it saves you making an expensive mistake with the actual system you are building.
If anti-static precuations, stand-offs for the motherboard, dual core, thermal paste, are matters not specifically within your present knowledge, to name just a few, then please do a lot of reading and studying before you try building what is obviously going to be an expensive system.
If you are successful and it is your first build you will feel great when it is completed, but ONE wrong connection to the motherboard, or a little lack of knowledge and a bent pin as you inset the CPU, will spell disaster.Please come back with any further questions.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 23 April 2011 - 07:38 PM.