The game doesn't need too much power or speed, you could probably get by with 2nd to last fog on just 1 gb of ram, a craptastic video card, and a "meh" processor. Just make sure you got good internet and it is the only thing running.
on the other hand, maybe you should just post your specs...
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Here from the beginning, to the end!!! Minecraft FTW!
This is a good question. I'm still confused as to the "correct" answer.. I have a few machines and some run it fine, some barely run it, and others won't run it at all (no opengl support installed).
Dell Latitude D620
Windows XP SP3
Intel Core 2 CPU
T7200 @ 2.00Ghz
1.32Ghz, 1.00 GB of RAM
NVidia Quadro NVS 110M
Windows XP SP3
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual
Core Processor 4200+
2.20Ghz, 2.00GB of RAM
NVidia GeForce 6200
Now, I have noticed one other thing. Dual monitor displays seem to have an effect. On the laptop, when it is docked running dual monitors, it runs, but isn't playable. The Generic PC is also running dual monitors, but even turning one of them off, it doesn't make it run well enough to play.. it tends to lag enough to make you not want to play it on that machine.
Edit: And just to check the video settings on the Generic PC, I disabled the second monitor, set the primary monitor to 1024x768, and it still lagged to the point that the game isn't fun to play.
Bad video card drivers!
Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.
--- BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 --------
Generated 10.4.10 15:17
Minecraft: Minecraft Alpha v1.0.15
OS: Windows XP (x86) version 5.1
Java: 1.6.0_20, Sun Microsystems Inc.
VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode), Sun Microsystems Inc.
[failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]
org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
--- END ERROR REPORT 13c6a4e0 ----------
My video card isn't that bad it can run Left 4 Dead, World of Warcraft etc.