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May 22, 2012 7:04:38 PM

Hello there!

Well basically I have become obsessed with minecraft and I am building a custom PC because my laptop is just about to die on me. I have been comparing a few such as the AMD FX8120 and AMD's APUs but I just don't know which is best. Intel is also another option too. My main purposes are to play minecraft with best settings (Far, Smooth Lighting, Fancy Ect) And get 80+ FPS. I also would like to record with those settings for fraps. I know that you need a good graphics card to do this as well so if you have any suggestions I'd loved to hear them. I also find my self editing more and more HD video for school and plan on getting into 3D video rendering. I have a budget of $300 to get a Motherboard, CPU, and a good graphics card. Please no fighting between AMD fanboys and Intel fanboys.

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May 22, 2012 7:53:51 PM

proseccor: intel Quad Q6600
graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 4600

this specs are not bad and not expensiv i hafe those and you can play all games not on max but fine and minecraft will run smooth
an i can't fin'd a motherboard for you mine is crap so you don't need mine
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May 22, 2012 8:10:24 PM

Hey
I got FX8120 and it's getting 300-500 fps thats with 560ti sli but the 8120 is pretty cheap and you could get m5a78l-m/usb3 motherboard for it too you would probably want 8gb ram especially if you run your own server and a cheap gfx card Like hd 5450
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May 22, 2012 8:35:27 PM

Minecraft - to my knowledge - is still not multi threaded and is mainly CPU dependent. Therefore you need to invest mostly on a powerful CPU first and foremost since that would affect performance the most.


Something along the line of an i5-2500k or i5-3750k or the like.
A midrange GPU ought to also do the job. Something like the GTX 560ti or wait for 660 or the 7850/7870
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May 22, 2012 8:52:20 PM

lilotimz said:
Minecraft - to my knowledge - is still not multi threaded and is mainly CPU dependent. Therefore you need to invest mostly on a powerful CPU first and foremost since that would affect performance the most.


Something along the line of an i5-2500k or i5-3750k or the like.
A midrange GPU ought to also do the job. Something like the GTX 670 or the 7870 / 7950


Paying $300+ for a GPU is definitely high end.

Also, Minecraft is dual core threaded. I conducted tests on it.
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May 22, 2012 9:02:26 PM

lol @ 670 midrange

You don't need any hardcore hardware for minecraft. Grab yourself whatever dual core or above you can find with a decent mobo - G620, i3 2100, Phenom II 965be (ok thats a quad)

Toss in a 550ti or AMD equivalent GPU and you have enough for minecraft and should be within your budget.
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May 22, 2012 9:07:29 PM

lolz. my m8 plays it perfectly fine on a 3.0 amd dualcore with an 88gt with 2 gigs of ram at 1920/1080 full settings.
you dont need a huge machine by any standards to max out the game. it was designed to work on low end pc's, by the guy who wrote it as he didnt have a big pc when he wrote the game.
so you could get away with a £450 entyry level pc and max it out...getting a minimum of 30fps...
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May 22, 2012 9:12:01 PM

Minimum:
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
OpenGL: 1.4
Processor: 2.0 MHz (Single Core)
RAM: 1 GB(XP), 1.5 GB(7), 2.0 GB(Vista)
Hard Drive: 80 MB Free
Video: 128MB RAM



Recommended:
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
OpenGL: 2.0
Processor: 2.5 MHz (Single Core)
RAM: 2 GB(XP), 3 GB(Vista/7)
Hard Drive: 256 MB Free
Video: 128MB RAM

its purley a singlethreaded app that needs a fastish single core cpu... that all. noo need to spend thousands on the newest hardware. infact if you have a £399 media laptop then its likely you will be able to play it just fine also...
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May 22, 2012 9:43:04 PM

A fast CPU with high IPC (i3,i5,i7) and then lots of RAM (at least 4GB recommended 8GB), especially with mods.
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May 22, 2012 10:11:08 PM

a multi core processor would be best because it means that you could assign one core for it and then the other/s could be used for any programs in the background.
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May 23, 2012 2:22:31 AM

Well the thing is I own a dell Inspiron 1545 With Intel Pentium (Duel Core) at 2.1 GHz with 4GB of Ram and I get 4 FPS with Fraps. A year ago I never would have done a simple of a game such as minecraft, so I need something powerful, yet cheap to kind of keep as my mind changes. If I decide to go into more hardcore gaming. Please keep in mind that I also do video editing and 3D rendering from time to time. I would love to record some of my beautiful minecraft creations in Fancy at a good 80 FPS. I am thinking about the AMD A8 Black edition thing and the AMD FX8120.
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May 23, 2012 2:24:06 AM

Also forgot to add that I multi task with Chrome, xChat, ect.
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May 23, 2012 8:26:43 AM

The A series (llano) are soon to be replaced so its a dead socket. The FX are just cr@p if you go AMD get a Phenom II X4 965BE it costs less than FX and performs better for your uses (especialy if you clock it too 4GHz). As your doing things other than game I would infact reccomend this over the pentiums or i3's as the extra cores will suit you better. i5 would be nice but I guess that fails your low cost requirement.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GV-N440-1GI GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Total $296.96

That would walk all over minecraft for you. As a gaming machine though the Graphics card is weak (fine for minecraft) but it fits in under $300.

If you wanted more GPU grunt adding $50 to the budget would get this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PNY VCGGTX550TVXPB GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5

You will likely need a new PSU too

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W

$59.99 though has a mail in rebate to make it $39.99

That CPU can be overclocked a little on its stock cooler but if you want really big OC's you would need to get an aftermarket cooler (around $25)

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May 23, 2012 9:16:15 AM

Hey guys. I'm running a FX-4100 and 8gb of 1600hz of RAM. I get plently of FPS. If you are ONLY playing Minecraft there is no Point on getting a top-of-the-line CPU. I have a Basic AMD CPU and I run the game without lag. Even with a million mods on. The Truth is, if you're only playing Minecraft don't over spend, just to get a top-of-the-range CPU. It really isn't worth it.
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May 23, 2012 9:43:09 AM

drakee510 said:
Well the thing is I own a dell Inspiron 1545 With Intel Pentium (Duel Core) at 2.1 GHz with 4GB of Ram and I get 4 FPS with Fraps. A year ago I never would have done a simple of a game such as minecraft, so I need something powerful, yet cheap to kind of keep as my mind changes. If I decide to go into more hardcore gaming. Please keep in mind that I also do video editing and 3D rendering from time to time. I would love to record some of my beautiful minecraft creations in Fancy at a good 80 FPS. I am thinking about the AMD A8 Black edition thing and the AMD FX8120.

chances are you need a gfx card then... i see you dont mention 1 so its likely your running on the onboard...
a 6670 will be more than enough and at less than 70 quid it will do what you want without stressing the psu or breaking the bank.
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May 23, 2012 9:45:01 AM

tell you what post yer top whack for a budget... the absolute maximum...
im sure we can make better suggestions if you have a price limit...
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May 23, 2012 12:16:18 PM

@HEXiT

$500 I can go a little over. I found a refurb HD for $70 (1TB), spotted a nice case w/ PSU (450 Watt) for $70. Ram for $50 (ebay 8GB), finally a disk drive on newegg for $20.

Please note that my interests tend to change time to time. One month doing nothing but Minecraft. Next doing hardcore gaming. I just need speed for multitasking. Two CPU's I am thinking about is the AMD FX8120 and the A8 3870K at 3.0GHz. I think the A8 would be good because then I wouldn't have to go out and buy a top notch grahpics card since it has one intergrated. If either of these is crap please tell me. Also I tend to think intel is expensive for what it is. It is a good brand and all but you are suggesting for my to get a pentium but that is what I had and I wish to UPGRADE not stay the same :p 
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May 23, 2012 12:20:40 PM

Buy a A10 based APU, more than enough to run Minecraft, more than enough to run many games well and cost next to nothing.
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May 23, 2012 5:04:30 PM

APU would be fine, I don't know a bout 80fps with it but it would easily run it, some of the mods use a lot more rescources though. People were running the minecraft beta at my school on crappy athlon IIs with 2GB RAM and no discrete GPU and gameplay was lag free
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May 23, 2012 5:09:22 PM

drakee510 said:
@HEXiT

$500 I can go a little over. I found a refurb HD for $70 (1TB), spotted a nice case w/ PSU (450 Watt) for $70. Ram for $50 (ebay 8GB), finally a disk drive on newegg for $20.

Please note that my interests tend to change time to time. One month doing nothing but Minecraft. Next doing hardcore gaming. I just need speed for multitasking. Two CPU's I am thinking about is the AMD FX8120 and the A8 3870K at 3.0GHz. I think the A8 would be good because then I wouldn't have to go out and buy a top notch grahpics card since it has one intergrated. If either of these is crap please tell me. Also I tend to think intel is expensive for what it is. It is a good brand and all but you are suggesting for my to get a pentium but that is what I had and I wish to UPGRADE not stay the same :p 


I'd still go with the Phenom combo I listed but if hardcore gaming is a requirement try to find another 80 or so to get a better GPU (560ti minimum). The A8 will be worse than the Phenom (and the hybrid xfire graphics are not for harder gaming), the 8120 may be a very small margin better but not enough to justify its cost or the fact you can almost buy an i5 for its price. What PSU comes with the case? Its seriously rare to see a decent PSU bundled with case they are often basicaly doorstop grade.
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May 24, 2012 7:51:38 AM

Well sorry but my system with those 3 components was $400 and the frame rate is 50-60 most of the time so you
can't get that frame rate in your budget. I think this setup will get you going good on minecraft.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -Radeon HD 6670 ASUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -Dual Core Intel i3 2120

I play minecraft (built calculaters in it to!) and played games like bf3 and portal 2. I know what parts are good and you may
think the dual core and 6670 are weak but trust me it will get you somewhere fast beacasue it's just fast!
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December 1, 2012 1:12:13 AM

UH sorry to burst all your collective bubbles.... but AMD's A-10 apu with out the graphics card gets 90 fps on far/fancy/no vsink..... throw in a good high res texture pack and that shaders mod, you should be at 30-ish fps. drop the crossfire with an hd 6670, get a good cpu cooler. OC that and you got a decent gaming rig... (at least for minecraft, but also pulls 20 fps in bf3 mp with low settings, not good, but thats just off a CPU...)
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December 1, 2012 1:14:23 AM

masterman467 said:
UH sorry to burst all your collective bubbles.... but AMD's A-10 apu with out the graphics card gets 90 fps on far/fancy/no vsink..... throw in a good high res texture pack and that shaders mod, you should be at 30-ish fps. drop the crossfire with an hd 6670, get a good cpu cooler. OC that and you got a decent gaming rig... (at least for minecraft, but also pulls 20 fps in bf3 mp with low settings, not good, but thats just off a CPU...)


You just revived a 5 month old post.
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December 1, 2012 1:14:47 AM

samuelspark said:
You just revived a 5 month old post.

Well, good for him.
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December 2, 2012 11:04:11 PM

I have a Toshiba Satelite L5905 Laptop And Minecraft is really slow. any idea why?

Windows 7
i3 CPU M330 @ 2.13 gHz
4GB Ram
Service pack 1
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December 3, 2012 12:57:35 AM

davebozy said:
I have a Toshiba Satelite L5905 Laptop And Minecraft is really slow. any idea why?

Windows 7
i3 CPU M330 @ 2.13 gHz
4GB Ram
Service pack 1

GPU?
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December 3, 2012 2:08:10 AM

melikepie said:
GPU?

I bet it doesn't have one.... My brother has one with similar specs but he has A 320m GT 2GB and minecraft runs really well. (I used to own the laptop but I gave it to him lol)
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June 5, 2013 12:46:40 PM

Cpu-intel pentium
RAM-8gb
Gpu-onboard
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June 5, 2013 3:23:38 PM

Sorry to burst your bubble here, but saying "intel pentium" doesn't tell us what processor it is. 8GB RAM isn't needed, although with Java, it's definitely preferred if you have fast RAM. And "onboard" also doesn't tell us what processor it is. And this thread is old if you haven't noticed.
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June 6, 2013 12:37:18 AM

Intel pentium g0202
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June 6, 2013 12:40:02 AM

I dont know how to find what the intergated gpu is
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June 6, 2013 12:52:16 AM

The reason you have low FPS is you have no gpu, and coming from experience, minecraft is terrible on iGpu of older intel cpu generations
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June 6, 2013 6:33:33 AM

Minecraft is slow on everything. Period.
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June 6, 2013 8:11:50 AM

Will it be good on a
Intel pentium g2020
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June 6, 2013 8:14:58 AM

Depends on your definition of "good". It ran at playable framerate on a 3.0GHz P4 so why not?
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June 6, 2013 8:26:05 AM

How do you find out what the oboard intergated graphics card is?it said gpu boost
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June 6, 2013 9:29:41 AM

Start->Control Panel->System And Security->System->Device Manager (on the left)

Then click on the arrow next to "Display adapters" and it should tell you.

I have Windows 7 though, if you have another OS it may not work.
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June 6, 2013 1:59:43 PM

Will this run minecraft no lag
Cpu-intel pentium g0202
Gpu-intel hd graphics
Ram-4gb


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June 6, 2013 8:55:05 PM

Stop advertising that exact same setup! Also, Intel HD graphics has tons of different models. Just labeling the line of the graphics processors isn't going to help.
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June 8, 2013 10:22:45 PM

I've heard for gaming it is not all just around the processor, i believe that the graphics card matters as well I should reccommend a dedicated graphics card so you can buy it seperatly otherwise if you have integrated it is already in the laptop/desktop and you cant change it.
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June 8, 2013 10:26:26 PM

^ All PC gamers useally figure that out at some point. XD
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June 9, 2013 8:12:03 AM

Fine what about this,im buying it in a couple of weeks

Cpu-amd fx 4100
Gpu-nvidia gt610 2gb
Ram-8gb ram
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June 9, 2013 8:16:01 AM


How many fps will it get on far and fancy?
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August 8, 2013 8:16:42 AM

OK, this is a really late reply, but I want to point something out, if you want a cheap CPU/Graphics/Motherboard, I would consider going here for AMD Motherboard bundles, and they have amazing ATI/AMD Radeon graphics built into the motherboard. In my opinion, no offence Intellers, you can't get a decent Intel mobo at your budget. I have used AMD on all my projects, and it never fails me. If you do want an Intel system, jack your budget up a bit. You'll need around a 750-1500 dollar budget. MicroCenter also has an Intel Motherboard Bundel category under "Computer Parts". While I trust MIcroCenter tons, there are other providers, such as NewEgg, TigerDirect, NCIX, etc. Hoped this helps! Oh and by the way, any of the solutions under the AMD Bundle link above will definately run Minecraft. I run it with a AMD A6 5400 Trinity OverClocked to 6.0 Ghz, with AMD Radeon 7540 HD Graphics, and an ASRock Extreme4-M Motherboard with 4GB of RAM, I use a x256 HD Texture (LB Photo Realism) with my graphic on full and it runs around 30 - 70 FPS.
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November 14, 2013 1:59:54 PM

Is it possible if someone could just build me a build under 750$. Also a build under 1000$. I want to see what you guys can come up with cause I'm having trouble building one with all this advice im getting. I understand that amd so far looks like its good. I am a youtuber, so I need something good that I can use to record minecraft good. If I cant get 60fps, atleast 30fps minimum.
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November 14, 2013 2:11:31 PM

LegendOfLich said:
Is it possible if someone could just build me a build under 750$. Also a build under 1000$. I want to see what you guys can come up with cause I'm having trouble building one with all this advice im getting. I understand that amd so far looks like its good. I am a youtuber, so I need something good that I can use to record minecraft good. If I cant get 60fps, atleast 30fps minimum.


You'll get very similar advice to what we gave you in the other thread. No point resurrecting a thread that's years old. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1881253/cpu-mi...
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November 14, 2013 4:46:36 PM

Sorry, I just wanted to get as many answers as possible.
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November 28, 2013 9:05:07 PM

Well since this thread kept being "revived" for those who find this using google here is what I finally ended up with awhile ago.

Intel i7 920 (Out of old Gaming Computer for cheap)
Intel DX58OG
Nvidea 550 ti
Rosewill 650 Watt Modular Power Supply
Thermaltake Case
Samsung 840 128GB SSD
1 TB HDD
8GB Ram

Plus an IPS Monitor with 2 other old monitors.

Top Minecraft FPS: 400 ish
Lowest: 40 under stressful server conditions on MP

Renders in Vegas like a charm :) 

EDIT: Macbook Pro Late 2011 15" Gets similar results.
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November 29, 2013 3:48:16 AM

Oh come on, give us an average. Top tells us nothing lol :p 
1920x1080? Settings?
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November 29, 2013 4:39:15 PM

Average 120 ish.

Max Settings 1920 x 1080.

Loaded Battlefield 4 Up

It was playable on 1080 Ultra (I would say about 25 FPS Average)

Very Nice on 720p Ultra (40 ish Average)

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