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Minecraft $500CAD build - September 2011 - Seeking experts advice

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September 12, 2011 2:17:49 AM

I've been doing my researches over the last few days so I could maybe save a few $$$ putting a new machine together. I have some experience at doing it since I have been hanging around one of my relatives computer shop and have some basic knowledge at doing it.

I am simply aiming at a machine that will have very good fps at playing Minecraft with full graphics and far render distance. I also hope to be able to host a small server if at all possible with the following build I put together.

This is my 3rd attempt at a build and I finally managed to get it at around 500$ so that would fit my budget now.

MBD : ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3 NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard -- 50.99$

CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 -- 114.99$

GPU : EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti -- 139.99$

RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 -- 52.99$

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- 39.99$

BOX : RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply --59.99$

DVD : ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X -- 19.99$


TOTAL : 541.60CAD (including tx and shipping)

My main concern is, I am not very familiar with balancing the parts so that one doesn't bottleneck the other. If this build would be physicaly possible and that you have suggestions at balancing it so that I can still get the best possible for 500$ please do so.

Other concerns :

- I've selected some of the parts especially for the system to be as silent as possible.
- Would you think the cooling is adequate since I'm not planning to overclock anything ?

EDIT : I just noticed the guidelines I will include the template here I guess

Approximate Purchase Date: this month (September 2011

Budget Range: 500-600 all included

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing Minecraft and hosting a server

Parts Not Required: see above

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada/US

Parts Preferences: see above

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 single monitor for the moment but I plan on getting a 27inch.

Additional Comments: see above
September 12, 2011 2:23:21 AM

Prosper said:
I've been doing my researches over the last few days so I could maybe save a few $$$ putting a new machine together. I have some experience at doing it since I have been hanging around one of my relatives computer shop and have some basic knowledge at doing it.

I am simply aiming at a machine that will have very good fps at playing Minecraft with full graphics and far render distance. I also hope to be able to host a small server if at all possible with the following build I put together.

This is my 3rd attempt at a build and I finally managed to get it at around 500$ so that would fit my budget now.

MBD : ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3 NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard -- 50.99$

CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 -- 114.99$

GPU : EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti -- 139.99$

RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 -- 52.99$

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- 39.99$

BOX : RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply --59.99$

DVD : ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X -- 19.99$


TOTAL : 541.60CAD (including tx and shipping)

My main concern is, I am not very familiar with balancing the parts so that one doesn't bottleneck the other. If this build would be physicaly possible and that you have suggestions at balancing it so that I can still get the best possible for 500$ please do so.

Other concerns :

- I've selected some of the parts especially for the system to be as silent as possible.
- Would you think the cooling is adequate since I'm not planning to overclock anything ?


I can't comment on your questions specifically, but for a build aiming just to max out minecraft even this is probably a little overkill, as my 3GHz dual-core and aging 9800GT handles minecraft on full settings fine. Unless you plan on using a 256x256 texture pack or something...
September 12, 2011 2:32:42 AM

Thank you for the quick reply, I just edited some more details to fit with the guidelines.

A little overkill sounds good to me thats what I was aiming for actually. The 8GB RAM is only there because its cheap and will probably help hosting server.

If anyone know, are these parts balanced with each other and will they all fit together good?
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September 12, 2011 3:05:06 AM

955 + MSI 870-G45 $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Seagate 500GB + Corsair CX500 V2 $85 (Avail $20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 $53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Challenger $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX 6790 $130 (Avail $20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lite-On DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $522 Before rebates.[/quotemsg]
September 12, 2011 4:18:24 AM

Thanks great suggestions, I wonder if I can order that even though I live in Canada. I guess thats up to me to find out reading FAQs on newegg.com.

The part I appreciate the most is the GPU you quoted looks pretty good for the price and all.

Still, if anyone can comment on if my original plan has anything wrong with it compatibilty wise im eager to know.
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