lmao. i see your problem. i don't think that mobo was intended for gaming vid cards. for starters its a micro atx motherboard. not a standard atx. which is why everything is jammed together so tight and the screw hole dosnt lighn up. the second thing is that video card is huge. it dosnt matter what motherboard you put it on it will always take up another slot. unless of course its a dual pcie board with nothing between the two slots. about the future upgrade to phenom this board was probably made before they existed. the new ones that support it are socket AM2+ if i were you id try to return it and get a bigger motherboard. tell them there is nothing wrong with it and explain all your problems. they will more than likely help you sort it out.