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Challenge-Office PC that can play Minecraft reasonably $200

So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.
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  1. frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Laptop_Computer_Refurbished

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $244.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)
  2. frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    DComander1x said:
    frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Laptop_Computer_Refurbished

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $244.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the reply.

    If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.
  3. frillybob101 said:
    frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    DComander1x said:
    frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Laptop_Computer_Refurbished

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $244.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the reply.

    If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.


    With this build, I gave you a higher clocked A6 APU, dual channel memory and a larger and faster HDD.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.03 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.91 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.94 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $286.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:33 EST-0500)
  4. DComander1x said:
    frillybob101 said:
    frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    DComander1x said:
    frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Laptop_Computer_Refurbished

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $244.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the reply.

    If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.


    With this build, I gave you a higher clocked A6 APU, dual channel memory and a larger and faster HDD.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.03 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.91 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.94 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $286.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:33 EST-0500)


    I forgot to mention I don't need the HDD! Can you reallocate that money elsewhere?

    And thanks for that build!

    I also would like a decent PSU. I have a cheap diabloteck case that works fine but I don't trust their PSU's I've heard their bad.
  5. Best answer
    frillybob101 said:
    DComander1x said:
    frillybob101 said:
    frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    DComander1x said:
    frillybob101 said:
    So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
    I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
    Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
    Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:Office work and playing low end games.

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

    Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

    Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

    Overclocking: Haha no

    SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

    Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


    If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



    This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Laptop_Computer_Refurbished

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $244.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the reply.

    If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.


    With this build, I gave you a higher clocked A6 APU, dual channel memory and a larger and faster HDD.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.03 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.91 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.94 @ Amazon)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $286.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:33 EST-0500)


    I forgot to mention I don't need the HDD! Can you reallocate that money elsewhere?

    And thanks for that build!


    No problem, and will do -
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($96.53 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $297.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:50 EST-0500)
  6. frillybob101 said:


    I also would like a decent PSU. I have a cheap diabloteck case that works fine but I don't trust their PSU's I've heard their bad.


    Heres a build with a better PSU.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($96.53 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 400W ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $299.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 22:23 EST-0500)
  7. Diablotek PSUs are crap.

    Honestly you won't really be able to get a reasonably performing system with monitor for $300.
    You might try scouring thrift stores because I pick up LCD monitors for $10-20 sometimes

    Luckily minecraft is easy to run. Core 2 duo and 6670 gives me nearly 200 FPS
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