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November 12, 2013 1:57:45 PM

What is the cheapest and most reliable graphics card that can run minecraft at 60 fps or higher on maximum settings?
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November 12, 2013 2:11:15 PM

I would think that an intel i5's integrated graphics could run that maxed out, so almost anything not ancient should work. My niece runs minecraft maxed out on a 6 year old Dell that wasn't anything that great to begin with.
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November 12, 2013 2:26:20 PM

I run it maxed with an nvidia 9800 GT 1gb. minecraft seems to use more cpu bound, before i had to turn some stuff down but i got a new cpu and on max i'm getting over 100fps with my 9800. and with simpler shader mods i get 30 or 40fps. then with the optifine mod If i turn everything up (better lighting, better animation, AA and AF and other stuff but not the render distance, with the mod it can go to far + 192 or something like that which requires a real beast of a pc to use) I still get above 60fps

So i'd say most 50 dollar cards should do fine. you can get a 9800 for 50 bucks but I dont know if its the best value out there.
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November 12, 2013 2:26:29 PM

You would be looking at an HD 7770 (which in the linked article had the best Performance per dollar) or around that level. Make sure you pick one with GDDR5. A 2GB DDR3 will not run faster than a 1GB GDDR5. Here is a list of GPUs and reviews from Tom's if you want to find something around HD 7750 - GTX 660 kinda level.

Minecraft does not require huge GPU power and can be quite CPU (sometimes RAM) demanding with mods installed. I am currently running 35 mods including Buildcraft, Galactica (Moon and Mars) and various othe industrial type mods and I cannot keep the game running smoothly unless it runs in multicore chunk updating (from Optifine), even though I average 90 - 100FPS with the mods running.

To be entirely honest, I used to run this game on a laptop with an i5 420M, 4GB RAM and a Nvidia GT 230M (1GB). It would run everything on High (except normal render dist) and would not lag often, unless spawning new chunks/large number of entities or jungle biomes which can be graphics related issues, but the CPU would be nearing 100% usage when the GPU was only around 70 - 80% 9this was on one core before the mods were installed).

TLDR; you will need to have a pretty balanced system, but the HD 7770 or equivalent should be good for most things this game has to offer (vanilla that is). You should be able to run some higher res texture packs, but I don't imagine you will get past 256x256.
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November 12, 2013 7:47:00 PM

It's good to see support from the community as I am new to this website. I've taken your advice chairsgotoschool and I decided on possibly getting GT 620 2GB. It costs $50 from newegg (with the mail-in rebate) and I've seen some videos and reviews and thought it was a good card. I've made a PC build and I need help because I don't want to spend money on things I won't use. I will be playing games like Minecraft and LoL but mainly Minecraft and I wont be running crazy mods. Just Optifine is fine for me. I'm looking for smooth gameplay at least 60 fps on high settings. And as for the texture packs, I'll probably use no more than 128x128. I'm 13 and I'm still learning things about building PC's. Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/21xbh
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November 13, 2013 11:34:55 AM

FakeMagic105 said:
It's good to see support from the community as I am new to this website. I've taken your advice chairsgotoschool and I decided on possibly getting GT 620 2GB. It costs $50 from newegg (with the mail-in rebate) and I've seen some videos and reviews and thought it was a good card. I've made a PC build and I need help because I don't want to spend money on things I won't use. I will be playing games like Minecraft and LoL but mainly Minecraft and I wont be running crazy mods. Just Optifine is fine for me. I'm looking for smooth gameplay at least 60 fps on high settings. And as for the texture packs, I'll probably use no more than 128x128. I'm 13 and I'm still learning things about building PC's. Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/21xbh


Glad you find us helpful. Just so you know, the GT 620 is not a gaming card and it has DDR3, which I suggest you do not get. GDDR5 is much faster, even if it is 1GB vs 2GB DDR3. Unless yuor budget is really tight, try to get this. It seriously is worth the extra $15-$20 $12.99.
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