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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » GENERAL DISCUSSIONS » BUDGET MINECRAFT BUILD?...
Subject: Budget Minecraft build?
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Clucker Dec 21, 2012 10:18 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I've got my nephew hooked onto playing minecraft and I need to get him a computer to play it with, but I'm short on cash so I need something cheap. So far, I've only got a couple of things that I think I should get.

I also have a MSI gtx 560 ti hawk that I can use and I also want NCIX to build it because of their warranty. So basically, it'll be a computer with integrated graphics and windows 8.

Or should I skip all this and get a bare bones computer and add a my graphics card into it.

Topic URL: http://forums.ncix.com/forums/topic.php?id=2579115

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Stiles Dec 21, 2012 11:14 PM Reply | Bookmark
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whatevers cheaper. you never know if itll be only for minecraft though :P

some might say get a cheaper HDD but since there isnt a ton of difference in price the SSD would be nice, especially if you or your nephew is already used to a computer having one in it.

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Q-Ball 7 Dec 21, 2012 11:22 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Only objection I can hold to that is that your SSD is sub-par. This one is better.

But if you can at all manage it, spend the extra 20 dollars and get a B75 motherboard instead, because SSDs don't run so well on Marvell controllers. You get about 5% more performance, too, since you can grab the 3220 instead of the 2120.

Also, make sure all your stuff works on Windows 8 before you grab it; the only real improvements are cosmetic with that setup.

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JohnyBoy Dec 22, 2012 07:07 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Agreed with Qball but i would get W7 versus 8. Also, the showcased b75 board like QB suggested. If money is tight you could also throw a pentium G860 cpu in there to saver some $$. Can be pm'd to $63. Don't kid yourself, solid gaming cpu for titles that aren't extremely demanding:


http://m.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-2.html

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Clucker Dec 22, 2012 08:05 AM Reply | Bookmark
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K thanks guys for the motherboard tips. I can't tell what is what at the lower end of these mobos.

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Somebody69 Dec 22, 2012 11:01 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Minecraft is a pretty demanding game except when it comes to storage. Get the cheapest 128GB SSD you can because the actual responsiveness will be no different. Don't forget RAM (8 GB recommended; Minecraft likes RAM), case, PSU, etc.:P

A G860 will choke on minecraft since it only has 2 threads. I see Minecraft using over 50% of my 4.7 2500k very frequently. I wouldn't use anything less than an i3-2120.

grab optifine to significantly improve FPS and enable multicore usage.
http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/249637-146-optifine-hd-a2-fps-boost-hd-textures-aa-af-and-much-more/

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I Got 6 Strings Dec 22, 2012 11:17 AM Reply | Bookmark
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My son runs minecraft on an 8 yr old Athlon X2 64 4600+ OC'd to 2.8-3.0ghz and he only has 2gb of ram. HD6450 for his videocard. He still gets 50fps on medium settings.

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Clucker Dec 22, 2012 02:02 PM Reply | Bookmark
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We will see what pops up during boxing day sales.

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SargeantSaw Dec 22, 2012 02:10 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Nope. I can confirm a G860 will chew through Minecraft without any issues. I have a dedicated Minecraft server, that the old lady uses to play on as well rocking a G850 and it is fine. It only has 8GB of ram and a 9400GT in it as well.

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Jason_H Dec 22, 2012 04:16 PM Reply | Bookmark
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For a system to just play Minecraft, and maybe surf the web I wouldn't put Windows on it at all. I'd save the cash and go with Linux Mint, or put the cash towards some better hardware.

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Somebody69 Dec 22, 2012 04:51 PM Reply | Bookmark
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well i guess it depends on what you like to use for settings and what you can accept for FPS stability. I don't think the game is playable without AA, for example. I also assume most people don't play in the default window size, so running in a larger window or even fullscreen will put more strain on the system. Of course that's all GPU stuff, but I can absolutely confirm that if you remove the single threaded restriction (which fixes 90% of the glitchy chunk loading issues), Minecraft will definitely use a lot more CPU resources. I think the performance improves significantly when Minecraft is allowed to use more resources, but that of course means older/slower hardware becomes less suitable. Single threaded will make older hardware seem "faster" since the rest of the system isn't lagging, but if you have complex buildings or play online, you'll want to get Java using more cores, and then you find that the system bogs.:P


Meh all I am saying really is that an i3 2120 is like $30-40 more than a G860, and gets you better threaded performance. $40 could be found by using a cheaper SSD, since Minecraft doesn't really load much stuff from the drive.

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Clucker Dec 22, 2012 05:19 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I need to install mods and stuff on it so Windows would be better. My nephew likes to youtube all the mods first and then get me to install and then he plays them.

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JohnyBoy Dec 22, 2012 06:21 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Well, not to split hairs but if a person was to step up to a 2120 you might as well go for the Ivy 3220 for $3 more and get a slightly better processor, newest generation and HD 2500 versus 2000.

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Clucker Dec 22, 2012 06:29 PM Reply | Bookmark
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So would buying the CPU and mobo separately be better than the combo that's in the weekly sale? Cause if boxing day hits and I see something like what they have this week, my thinking is that it is a good deal and I should get it even though its second gen.

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sebastien_l Dec 23, 2012 12:33 PM Reply | Bookmark
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rasp berry? isn'T that thing like 50$ you can run minecraft out of it?

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Clucker Dec 23, 2012 02:16 PM Reply | Bookmark
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My build will look something like this. Is a 500w PSU good enough?

Of course i'll get a different SSD and maybe a bitfenix case, but something along this line looks good?

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I Got 6 Strings Dec 23, 2012 02:52 PM Reply | Bookmark
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500w is probably overkill so yes its good enough. You'd only need a 350w for that sort of set up. You'd probably only *use* 220w of that or so at most.

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JohnyBoy Dec 23, 2012 02:52 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Swap out the ssd and keep the Corsair 200R case and your good.

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Jason_H Dec 23, 2012 03:33 PM Reply | Bookmark
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It runs the mobile version of Minecraft, which is fairly different than the PC version.


And I would point out that mod loading in Linux isn't really that different than doing it in Windows.

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