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December 13, 2011 3:18:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months
Budget Range: $500 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: MMO gaming (World of Warcraft, Lineage 2), gaming
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but will go anywhere the prices are good.
Country: U.S.A.
Parts Preferences: Intel LGA 1155 processor and motherboard
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 20"
Additional Comments: I don't need high fps on the highest graphics quality. I just want to play lower-end to mainstream games acceptably well, even on the medium setting.

I would like to know if I made mistakes with the parts I purchased for my Gaming PC. As said above, I am mostly interested in MMOs such as World of Warcraft and Lineage 2 in addition to gaming in general. Being able to play Diablo 3 and Starcraft would be a plus. However, I don't intend to play the most graphically demanding games and generally play older games or less-demanding games.

These are what I've already purchased with what I paid at the time. Some were from Black Friday, combos, and other promo codes. This is my first PC I am building and while I was happy with it before, was told that it may not play MMOs well so now I'm uncertain. If there's anything I should consider replacing I'd be interested in your opinion.

1) Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER - $42.49
2) Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D - $29.99
3) Motherboard: BIOSTAR H61MU3 - $139.98 with CPU
4) CPU: Intel Pentium G850 - $139.98 with motherboard
5) GPU: TBD (Will likely be Radeon 5670 when they get back in stock or maybe 6670/5770/6770)
6) RAM: PNY Optima 8GB - $31.99
7) Hard Drive: TBD (Will likely buy used/refurbished from eBay)
8) Optical Drive: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner - $16.99
9) Monitor: Acer S201HLbd Black 20" - $89.99

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December 13, 2011 3:27:08 AM

Check the $500 build in my sig. Includes OS but no monitor. G850 + HD5770.
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December 14, 2011 4:18:04 AM

Thanks for the case recommendations, but my list of parts are what I've already purchased and the case I have is good enough for me. I think my system will be producing so little heat that the 3 fans will be more than sufficient.

Thank you zero_ for your links, but my question wasn't "Can I build a gaming PC for $500?" but "Will the gaming PC I build for $500 be good enough for MMOs or will I regret what I purchased?"
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December 14, 2011 6:11:53 AM

Zhenne said:

Thank you zero_ for your links, but my question wasn't "Can I build a gaming PC for $500?" but "Will the gaming PC I build for $500 be good enough for MMOs or will I regret what I purchased?"

For just MMO's, $500 is good enough.
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December 21, 2011 3:23:50 AM

Best answer selected by Zhenne.
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December 22, 2011 2:08:11 AM

Glad I could help :) 
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