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$700 budget desktop for minecraft

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June 16, 2014 8:00:24 PM

I am looking to buy a desktop. My current laptop is rather old and worn. It ran minecraft at approx. 20 fps, and I ran out of space, as it only had 2 gigs of memory, not upgradeable, and with a new desktop I'm sure (and praying) that I'll never run into either of those problems again. The only things I ever do will be minecraft, surf the internet, and use microsoft programs (paint and word)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week, if possible
Budget Range: $700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: minecraft is the most important thing. I also need plenty of memory
Are you buying a monitor: I am, but it will not come out of the $700 budget (if anyone has any relatively cheap monitors they know of I'm all for it. $150 is my max for the monitor)
Parts to Upgrade:n/a
Do you need to buy OS: I do not
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pcpartpicker would be nice, but I am not too picky. As long as there is a link to a website or store
Location: USA, relatively close to a microcenter
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No

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June 16, 2014 8:59:03 PM

You're better off to go a bit cheaper if all you're going to do is just play minecraft. Try out some new games on the PC dude! You won't regret it!

Here's the build!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.49 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Gateway KX2153 Abd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $664.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 23:58 EDT-0400
June 16, 2014 9:05:17 PM

With the computer that i recently built I'm able to play minecraft upwards of 150 frames with optifine and extreme render distance. I can also run pretty much any game fairly decent. Here's my specs.

CPU: Amd fx6300 black edition
Motherboard: Gigabyte 970a-ud3p atx am3+
Ram: g.skill ripjaw 2x4gb
Hard drive: Western digital 1tb 7200rpm
Video card: MSI r9 270
Power supply: cx500

You could really use any case, and with the recent price drops the 270x is probably the better way to go. If you're planning on building a $700 computer just for minecraft you will be able to play other games, and with the r9 200 series you can get up to 3(4?) free games so it's a really nice deal.