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How to Build an Inexpensive And Powerful Minecraft PC

Jan 5, 2015   Computer Hardware   Nick Vogt   Comments
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Despite its looks, Minecraft can be a very demanding game. If your PC isn't up to the task, or you want larger view distances, read on to learn more about building a new one.


How Much Does it Cost?


You can expect to pay somewhere between $350 to $550 US, depending on how much of your current hardware you can reuse. If your PC is old (over 6 years old), chances are you won't want to reuse anything other than your keyboard, mouse, and other accessories.

Keep in mind that a good Minecraft PC is also a good all-around PC, capable of performing nearly any PC task with great speed. That includes photo editing, copying, zipping, opening programs, and web browsing.


The Build


I recently purchased the components for a new budget gaming PC and documented the process in detail, including a step-by-step guide putting it together. The total cost came to around $500, though prices fluctuate. The guide is aimed at beginners, so if you follow it closely you should have no problem building your own PC, even if it's your first time.

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Here is the final product (with a side panel removed so you can see the innards):

Budget PC Build


Performance & Benchmark


I followed the Minecraft Hardware Performance Wiki to get comparable results. At the default 854 x 480 resolution it averaged 230 frames per second (measured using Fraps), with a minimum 190 and maximum 280.

ProcessorGraphics CardMemoryMinecraft
Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHzEVGA GeForce 750 Ti 2GB SC8GB DDR31.8.1
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