Can anyone help give me advice and criticism of my 500 dollar gaming pc?

Can anyone please give me advice on this 500 dollar gaming pc that I am planning to build?
This is going to be my first ever pc build and i'm wondering if all the parts would be compatible and if it would be a decent pc.

https://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/#incompatibilities

For compatibility it says, "Some Intel B85 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Haswell Refresh CPUs."

What does this mean and will it be a major problem?

Also can anyone recommend a good cpu cooler?
Thanks a ton in advance.
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  1. Need the actual link for the system you are trying to build.
  2. logainofhades said:
    Need the actual link for the system you are trying to build.

    Here it is
    https://pcpartpicker.com/user/eoh400/saved/#view=6v7H99
  3. Your build came out to about $550, without mail in rebates. I have made some changes, to get that price down, some, and changed out for some better hardware. Motherboard is a THG recommended board, left the door open for easily upgrading to 16gb later, and changed to a better PSU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E34 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Team Dark 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.75 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $519.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-28 09:46 EDT-0400
  4. logainofhades said:
    Your build came out to about $550, without mail in rebates. I have made some changes, to get that price down, some, and changed out for some better hardware. Motherboard is a THG recommended board, left the door open for easily upgrading to 16gb later, and changed to a better PSU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E34 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Team Dark 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.75 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $519.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-28 09:46 EDT-0400


    Wow, thanks so much. I really appreciate it. I want to ask one more thing. Do you have a suggestion for a good cpu cooler?
  5. The stock cooler, that comes with the i3, is sufficient.
  6. logainofhades said:
    The stock cooler, that comes with the i3, is sufficient.

    Alright, Thank you so much. You have no idea how grateful I am. You sir, are indeed awesome!
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