With a 500 dollar budget it looks pretty good to me. I like Gigabyte boards and I see this one has a PCIE 3 so wit the 1155 socket you can upgrade this board with a better CPU and GPU later on. It always helps when you can score parts from friends at great prices as it lets you add a little more to your build. Logan recommends the G Skill RAM and I have the 2X8 in my last AMD build and it has a Gigabyte board in it too. Overall it looks good for 500 but don’t forget you will need an OS which will add another 100 to your build cost.