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I need a little help guys. Bought a cheap PC for the father-n-law. Turns out the nephew would like to play Minecraft:

 

Minecraft Minimum Requirements:

 


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  • CPU : Intel P4/NetBurst Architecture or its AMD Equivalent (AMD K7)
  • RAM : 2GB
  • GPU : Intel GMA 950 or AMD Equivalent
  • HDD : At least 90MB for Game Core and Sound Files
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 or up is required to be able to run the game.

 

Minecraft Recommended Requirements:

 


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  • CPU : Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
  • RAM : 4GB
  • GPU : GeForce 6xxx or ATI Radeon 9xxx and up with OpenGL 2 Support (Excluding Integrated Chipsets)
  • HDD : 150MB
     

The PC is I bought was pretty cheap and basic:

 


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  • Windows 7 Home Prem 64-bit.
  • Asus P8H61-MX motherboard
  • Intel Celeron Dual Core 2.7GHz
  • 500GB HD
  • 4GB ram
  • 300w PSU

 

I got Minecraft running on low settings but it's pretty sluggish. Unfortunately the PC came with no graphics card. I was wondering if you guys could help me source a graphics card for the 16x PCI-E slot, capable of running Minecraft smoothly but that will run on a 300w PSU?

 

Any suggestions would really help and be appreciated.

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most likely unless you can tell the brand of PSU I wouldnt trust it one bit being at hold a heavy load. cheap psus you don't want to go over 50% load and the good ones usually between 75-90%. I suggest adding $50 to the budget and getting an alright 400watt psu.

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most likely unless you can tell the brand of PSU I wouldnt trust it one bit being at hold a heavy load. cheap psus you don't want to go over 50% load and the good ones usually between 75-90%. I suggest adding $50 to the budget and getting an alright 400watt psu.

 

+1

and it wont hurt to add a bit of power headroom.

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I guess if you get a low powered card it wouldn't matter but I'm not sure if you would like minecraft any better than onboard. How much do you have to spend?

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The Sapphire HD 7750 low profile card I just reviewed sips power at stock speeds and would easily run on a 300w PSU (even a dodgy one) since its max draw is 55 watts.

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The Sapphire HD 7750 low profile card I just reviewed sips power at stock speeds and would easily run on a 300w PSU (even a dodgy one) since its max draw is 55 watts.

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