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Processor For Gaming and Hosting Minecraft Servers

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April 8, 2012 7:48:47 PM

My friend wants to build a computer for 1080p at med/high settings with 30 fps on modern games (Fallout 3, BFBC2, Borderlands - perhaps some bitcoin mining as well) as well as hosting and playing Minecraft servers. His budget is $600 for everything but OS, KB, Mouse, and Monitor. Any ideas?
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April 9, 2012 5:39:23 AM

That doesn't really answer my question. Atm, he is leaning towards an AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition. Is this a good idea for his needs?
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April 9, 2012 6:07:35 AM

Yeah, that or an i3 2100 will be good for the price range. I would get a Radeon 6870, as only AMD cards are effective Bitcoin miners.
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April 9, 2012 6:27:54 AM

But which is better?
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April 9, 2012 8:39:58 AM

For hosting a Minecraft server (or any server, really), you need pretty high upload speed.
In Canada, I have a 30mbps (down) connection with only 1mbps upload...
Check with your friend first if his internet connection can even support hosting.

That said, for system specs, the recommended system requirements are quite low, so (assuming that your friend doesn't want an upgradeable build), I would go with

i3-2120 (~110$ on newegg with rebate) maybe even consider Pentium G?
4GB 2x2GB Mushkin Enhanced/G.Skill/Kingston memory (could be budget RAM) (~25$)
H61/H67 full/micro ATX (depending on case) (~85$)
500w Corsair/Seasonic/Antec/XFX/Rosewill PSU (Rosewill Green 530w on special, newegg ~50$)
AMD Radeon HD 7850 (~250$) or downgrade to fit in budget
Seagate Barracuda or WD Caviar Blue 500GB (~85$)
ThermalTake V3 Black Edition (~35$ after rebate on newegg) OR microATX case
Optical drive (~20$)

Total: ~660$ without shipping/tax
IMHO, that 60$ more is justified, but if it's a fixed budget, it's a fixed budget...

Never played minecraft but modern games should run fine on this build, so I'm assuming minecraft isn't a more demanding game. (it isn't, right?) :) 

EDIT: forgot optical drive :sleep: 
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