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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:11 AM

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone recommends a good graphic card for Minecraft that can run Minecraft at a far render distance with a decent amount of FPS (30+) that costs less than $150?

Also, is it only graphics card that matters for Minecraft, or does a good processor make a big difference too?

Sorry for the vague questions, but I thank you if you can help me. :)

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:12 AM

The processor has the biggest affect on Minecraft. If you have a good processor then a GT 430 or a Radeon HD 5670 will easily run Minecraft at default settings with 60+ fps.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:14 AM

View PostCodofMC, on 20 January 2012 - 12:12 AM, said:

The processor has the biggest affect on Minecraft. If you have a good processor then a GT 430 or a Radeon HD 5670 will easily run Minecraft at default settings with 60+ fps.

This is it for cheap, but if you want a graphics card that runs it very well, the 6770 or the 6850 is probably a good bet.  No need for overkill here.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:14 AM

i can't remember when i saw this but notch posted something about minecraft running better the more RAM you give it and RAM could in theory run things slightly better without buying a new graphics card. minecraft likes RAM :)
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:14 AM

Basically you need an ok Graphics Card but the main thing is the RAM of the Computer. If you wanna run minecraft fast you need at least 6GB RAM.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:15 AM

View PostCodofMC, on 20 January 2012 - 12:12 AM, said:

The processor has the biggest affect on Minecraft. If you have a good processor then a GT 430 or a Radeon HD 5670 will easily run Minecraft at default settings with 60+ fps.
OK. Right now I have an Intel E6700 @ 3.2 GHz, so do you know if that is defined as a good processor, or would a better one be needed for a farther render distance. When I set it to far render distance with this processor, the game really lags, and my processor is definately not a top of the line processor. ;)
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:16 AM

View Postmugenwars, on 20 January 2012 - 12:14 AM, said:

Basically you need an ok Graphics Card but the main thing is the RAM of the Computer. If you wanna run minecraft fast you need at least 6GB RAM.
Check out this vid too

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You do not need 6gb of Ram for MC. In it's unmodified state, Mc will only use one. Even then if you allocate 2gb, that's plenty (Means that 3gb or 4gb over RAm is fine).
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:20 AM

View Postmugenwars, on 20 January 2012 - 12:14 AM, said:

Basically you need an ok Graphics Card but the main thing is the RAM of the Computer. If you wanna run minecraft fast you need at least 6GB RAM.
Check out this vid too

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More RAM helps to a point, but you don't really need more than 4 GB unless you are multi-tasking.  It won't matter what amount of RAM he has if he has something like Intel graphics though.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:29 AM

View Postmugenwars, on 20 January 2012 - 12:14 AM, said:

Basically you need an ok Graphics Card but the main thing is the RAM of the Computer. If you wanna run minecraft fast you need at least 6GB RAM.
Check out this vid too

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No, no you do not. Before I upgraded my RAM, I had 4gb (of DDR2 at that). I still ran MC at ~100 FPS on full settings.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:30 AM

View PostMarx1984, on 20 January 2012 - 12:20 AM, said:

More RAM helps to a point, but you don't really need more than 4 GB unless you are multi-tasking.  It won't matter what amount of RAM he has if he has something like Intel graphics though.
Yes, I have Intel Graphics, and I just followed that guy's video and set Java to use around 1.7 GB of RAM, because I only have 3 GB in my machine.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:32 AM

View Postcam51037, on 20 January 2012 - 12:30 AM, said:

Yes, I have Intel Graphics, and I just followed that guy's video and set Java to use around 1.7 GB of RAM, because I only have 3 GB in my machine.
I'm guessing that you have a 32bit Windows of some description then. And pretty much any upgrade on intel integrated will be an improvement, I have an HIS 4850 (soon to be 6970) and I run at about ~100 FPS.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:36 AM

View Posteftj, on 20 January 2012 - 12:32 AM, said:

I'm guessing that you have a 32bit Windows of some description then. And pretty much any upgrade on intel integrated will be an improvement, I have an HIS 4850 (soon to be 6970) and I run at about ~100 FPS.
I'm actually running Windows 7 64 bit, and I might check out that graphic card.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:41 AM

Basically GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 6850 would be at the top of that list imo, assuming your PSU is up to the job.
The cheaper cards CodofMC listed are also all fine for MC.
I have the GTX 460, works well enough.

As for CPU vs GPU my card can be maxed by the game at times, but clocked 2500k doesn't go past about 35% utilisation.
Your CPU with a decent card will run it well.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:52 AM

View Postcam51037, on 20 January 2012 - 12:36 AM, said:

I'm actually running Windows 7 64 bit, and I might check out that graphic card.
Fair enough, I wouldn't recommend my card though, it is a few years old but was very good for its time. As epikal said, as long as your PSU supports it, a 6850 would be the best card to get. They pretty much have the best price/performance ratio on the market at the moment.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:26 AM

GT 430, easily maxes minecraft and runs about $70.  I have one in my family comp and it runs like a champ.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:15 AM

I'm using a Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 and I run it fine. It's successor would probably be a better choice though. Overall, it's your choice.

Here are two graphics cards that have good reviews and are at a low cost.
5670 | 6670

(Also, The 5670 runs most games on high (or sometimes even max) settings at 1600x900. It's a pretty nice card for the price)
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:41 AM

Thanks for all the advice everyone! I'll take it all into consideration! :)
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