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Best processor for custom PC build to play optimal Minecraft?

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June 3, 2013 6:31:30 AM

I need to generate a full components list to help my 12 year old son do a custom PC build. He is doing his own so that he can build a custom system for monster Minecraft play. If you can give a full list of rec'd components with rationale, that would be great. But it all seems to boil down to CPU. What's the best for optimal play and what MOBO goes with it? And RAM is at least 8 GB but any other opinions on that?

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June 3, 2013 6:51:56 AM

If you are not willing to spend much but want good performance go for AMD FX - 8350.
This is their best CPU and is 8 cored.

If you can invest a little more but want higher per core performance (and higher power overall) go for Intel Core i5 3570k. :) 
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June 3, 2013 6:54:59 AM

luckiest charm said:
If you are not willing to spend much but want good performance go for AMD FX - 8350.
This is their best CPU and is 8 cored.

If you can invest a little more but want higher per core performance (and higher power overall) go for Intel Core i5 3570k. :) 


Thanks! I think I'm going to go with Intel. And the i7 is overkill, right?
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June 3, 2013 6:58:40 AM

Actually since your requirements are of gaming, i7 is not of much use to your son.

i7 has hyper-threading which is useful in video processing and is the thing which gives it the name "i7" and increases the costs.

Games do not utilize hyper-threading and thus it renders i7 waste for gaming. In benchmarks i5 generally produce more FPS than i7 of same level and value .. :) 
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June 3, 2013 6:59:45 AM

Minecraft is all CPU dependant for the most part, so a powerful CPU will be better then a powerful Video Card. For Intel get the new i5-4670k. Its the new 4th-generation Intel CPU. Or if you wanna go cheaper get the i5-4430
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June 3, 2013 7:02:13 AM

what's ur total budget?
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June 3, 2013 7:05:07 AM

jinayhvora said:
what's ur total budget?


I'd like to cut it off at $1000 NOT including monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. But I also don't want to limit it just to save 200 to 300 dollars. That said, I woudl never go past $2K.
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June 3, 2013 8:15:40 AM

jinayhvora said:
ok... here.... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12v8N


WOW. First of all, thank you for the list. May I ask for a couple of tweaks?

I'd like to have separate SSD and hard drive for all the reasons I've been reading on these forums. Do you agree and would you mind recommending parts for that? I realize this will increase price.

Also, you recommend the new Haswell CPU (I am just learning this nomenclature) and I was torn between going for the new CPU architecture and paying the premium for its MOBO. But you picked it so I'm curious as to whether you thought he would get qualitatively better performance and is there any downside to going with the new architecture other than price? I'd of course like to buy only the latest generation.

Also if I have to load Windows on this, do you rec 7 or 8?

THANK YOU



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June 3, 2013 8:23:38 AM

The 'K' there denotes unlocked multiplier.
Means i5 4670 can not be overclocked while i5 4670k can be.
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June 3, 2013 8:25:28 AM

luckiest charm said:
The 'K' there denotes unlocked multiplier.
Means i5 4670 can not be overclocked while i5 4670k can be.


THANKS
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June 3, 2013 9:52:29 AM

@minecraftmom
If the computer's purpose is only minecraft, spending 1000$+ is a waste of money. Minecraft isn't very taxing, it only takes a medium CPU and some 6 GB ram (optimal) and a medium graphics card. An I5 920 or lower, even I3's can play it just fine. If the game lags, don't worry, Minecraft is laggy no matter what's your rig, it just isn't optimized. an ATI radeon hd 7770 is perfectly ok, even a ATI radeon hd 4650 (yes, 4650!) can play the game on max graphics.

A computer of around 500$ with a decent cpu and good amount of memory can max the game out.

Just warning :) 
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