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#1

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:04 PM

Ok.
i was wondering what would be the cheapest computer possible to run minecraft at a constant 30+ fps.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:07 PM

Windows XP Dell used to run Minecraft for me at 90+ fps.
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Dreamcast_Minecraft

Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:09 PM

how much is it now?

#4

snowzombeh

Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:09 PM

You could build your own pc with parts you want. It cheaper than a pre-build pc.

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Dreamcast_Minecraft

Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:13 PM

Anyone?

anyone?

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:13 PM

Do NOT buy a Dell or Alienware, the former is garbage and the latter is a rip off.

Its much cheaper to buy the parts and build it, you get better quality specs for less money
and 9/10 its far more reliable.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:16 PM

View PostSteves, on 21 November 2011 - 07:13 PM, said:

Do NOT buy a Dell or Alienware, the former is garbage and the latter is a rip off.

Its much cheaper to buy the parts and build it, you getter better quality specs for less money
and 9/10 its far more reliable.
yes, but i dont have the time to build it

anyone know a comp under 200$?

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:17 PM

View PostDreamcast_Minecraft, on 21 November 2011 - 07:14 PM, said:

yes, but i dont have the time to build it


Do you know how long it takes?  we're talking a couple of hours MAX!, not days or weeks.
(actually if you don't include installing Windows, you can probably build one in 5-10mins)

Edit: You're not going to get a computer running Minecraft at a decent framerate for $200.  Unless you already have several of the parts.

#9

Dreamcast_Minecraft

Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:20 PM

i don't have the time to buy the pieces, thats all

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:25 PM

View PostDreamcast_Minecraft, on 21 November 2011 - 07:20 PM, said:

i don't have the time to buy the pieces, thats all

Theres some good online places for pc parts.
You just order them and they come in the mail :)

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:25 PM

BUY ASUS OR ACER.
ANYTHING WITH  i5 PROSESSOR

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:30 PM

View PostSillyFishy, on 21 November 2011 - 07:25 PM, said:

BUY ASUS OR ACER.
ANYTHING WITH  i5 PROSESSOR

1: Don't use all CAPS, we're not blind
2: its spelt 'Processor'

Yes a good cpu is important but also so is a graphics card, I was on 35-45fps with Minecraft
then I upgraded my graphics card and it went to over 100.

one golden rule: Integrated Graphics are a HUGE no no.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:42 PM

View PostSteves, on 21 November 2011 - 07:30 PM, said:

1: Don't use all CAPS, we're not blind
2: its spelt 'Processor'

Yes a good cpu is important but also so is a graphics card, I was on 35-45fps with Minecraft
then I upgraded my graphics card and it went to over 100.

one golden rule: Integrated Graphics are a HUGE no no.
My computer is a HUGE fail and no no then :D
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:05 PM

If you need a pre-built, you're screwed for under $200.

If you build your own for $200, it will be garbage still, but can actually run the game.

View PostSillyFishy, on 21 November 2011 - 07:25 PM, said:

BUY ASUS OR ACER.
ANYTHING WITH  i5 PROSESSOR
You do realize that the cheapest i5 is around $170?

That's a problem.
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AMD cards are like UK buses, y'know?
Big, red, and they have bad drivers.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:09 PM

For low prices, I'll look into the AMD APU products, that'll run minecraft pretty well. At all costs, avoid intergrated intel graphics, even the new HD3000 from intel struggles a bit with minecraft.

When it comes to such a low end build though, you'll probably want to stick with a pre-built. This is because windows 7 OEM costs $100 on it's own, which clearly is too much. Unless you are willing to use a linux distro or something, of course.

Even then, getting a build for $200 is quite difficult. You could get something like this from ebay, though I'm not too sure about it.

Would it be a possibility to save up a bit more? This costs $300, but should handle minecraft pretty well.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:47 PM

View PostChristoi, on 21 November 2011 - 08:09 PM, said:

For low prices, I'll look into the AMD APU products, that'll run minecraft pretty well. At all costs, avoid intergrated intel graphics, even the new HD3000 from intel struggles a bit with minecraft.

When it comes to such a low end build though, you'll probably want to stick with a pre-built. This is because windows 7 OEM costs $100 on it's own, which clearly is too much. Unless you are willing to use a linux distro or something, of course.

Even then, getting a build for $200 is quite difficult. You could get something like this from ebay, though I'm not too sure about it.

Would it be a possibility to save up a bit more? This costs $300, but should handle minecraft pretty well.
Pretty much everything Christoi said, especially about the APU's.  They are the cheapest and best option for low budget computers and provide better performance than Intel's integrated graphics.  Building is almost always the more profitable option, but like Christoi said, Windows 7 alone costs $100 which only leaves you $100 for parts which is nothing.  Your only real option for a $200 computer that can run Minecraft at 30+ fps would be a used system bought online.  The majority of alternatives to buying a used system are too expensive in this case.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:40 PM

your not finding a prebuild computer under 200 dollars easy anyway and it will not run minecraft smoothly. your best bet will be save up and build your own. its cheap and easy takes about 1-2 hours max! of course not installing windows but you can do that while you sleep and wake up and finish!
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:35 AM

View PostChristoi, on 21 November 2011 - 08:09 PM, said:

For low prices, I'll look into the AMD APU products, that'll run minecraft pretty well. At all costs, avoid intergrated intel graphics, even the new HD3000 from intel struggles a bit with minecraft.

When it comes to such a low end build though, you'll probably want to stick with a pre-built. This is because windows 7 OEM costs $100 on it's own, which clearly is too much. Unless you are willing to use a linux distro or something, of course.

Even then, getting a build for $200 is quite difficult. You could get something like this from ebay, though I'm not too sure about it.

Would it be a possibility to save up a bit more? This costs $300, but should handle minecraft pretty well.
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 11:08 AM

I would suggest you to build your own PC, check the site http://www.newegg.com if you want cheap parts!
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:09 AM

Here is a pretty decent Intel based system for around $340, all parts can be found on newegg.com

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core (I know its dual core, but it has the latest 22nm technology, unlike ALL of the AMD processors, none of which use that 22nm) $64.99
GPU: EVGA GeForce GT 630 1GB 128-bit GDDR5: $64.99
Case/PSU: Logisys ATX Mid Tower w/ 480 PSU: $29.99
Motherboard: ASUS Intel H61 Micro ATX: $64.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1333: $32.99 (Or Pereema 4GB DDR3 1600: $29.99)
HDD: Seagate 500GB 7,200RPM 16MB Cache: $59.99
Optical Drive: ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM: $18.99

It'll get you about 40+ fps in minecraft. I've seen people even run the shaders mod at about 20+ fps, which is still nice, though not completely smooth.