A PC to Play Minecraft is Cheaper Than You Think!
Minecraft has taken over the world. The game’s a revelation and if you’re looking to start playing it you might be surprised to learn that a Minecraft gaming PC is pretty cheap to assemble.
It can be frustrating when you’re unable to enjoy your favourite game because your system just can’t handle it.
Luckily, if you want a basic Minecraft gaming PC system you can pick the parts up to build your own for a very affordable price.
Unlike a lot of games Minecraft is not massively demanding in terms of the hardware needed to enjoy it.
That’s great news for your bank balance. What’s even better news is if you build your own gaming PC it’s going to save you even more money – and that’s awesome!
Building Your Minecraft Gaming PC
If you’re new to PC building, don’t worry! If you can build a Lego kit you can put a PC together.
It’s that straightforward.
But in case you need some guidance I’ve prepared a guide to help walk you through step by step, I’ve prepared some short video tutorials.
Click the button in the top left of the below window to bring up a playlist of available videos.
Things to bear in mind
Now, when it comes to components you’re not going to need the fastest, most expensive video card on the market to power the graphics in your new system.
One of Minecraft’s charms is its simple, colourful art style.
If you’re just planning on playing the game instead of streaming it, you won’t need a high-end CPU, a mid-range AMD CPU or an Intel Core i3 or i5 will be more than sufficient, in fact Intel’s anniversary range of Pentium CPUs, including the G3258 would be a perfect fit for this system.
As with any new system build it’s important to future-proof your components so that they’re not out of date the day you receive them in the mail.
As such now would be an excellent time to invest in a Skylake – Intel’s sixth generation of processors – system.
The techniques and skill level required to build a Minecraft gaming PC are no different from building a normal gaming PC.
As I mentioned above, choosing to build your own system will save you a bunch of money when compared to buying a pre-built system.
- CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $65
- CPU Cooler: CPU comes with an Intel fan
- Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $130
- Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $48
- Hard drives: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $36
- Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $35
- Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $30
- PSU: Thermaltake 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $40
If you’ve any questions about this build, would like recommendations on other components or hardware you could use, drop me a line on Twitter, send me a picture on Instagram, check out my Awesome board on Pinterest, or join my community on Facebook.
If you’re interested in leaving Windows behind and building a dedicated Steam Machine, see my earlier post for details on the best Steam Machine build for your budget.
If you want a simple to follow overview of how to put a gaming PC together, including short video tutorials, have a look at my guide.
So have you built one yet?
Have you managed to put together your own Minecraft Gaming PC yet? Got any questions on building one? Let me know in the comments or send me a message.
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