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  1. I need A Gaming PC for under 700 dollors.
  2. I don't care if it is AMD or Intel.
  3. I am Only Going to Play Minecraft
  4. I Want a 2GB Graphs Card
  5. I don't need a monitor, mouse, or keybord
  6. 8GB Ram (DDR3)

asked Jun 23 '12 at 20:12

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I hope you know that lower mid range cards with 2GB ram are generally overpriced for what you get. they are often priced close to higher end cards with less memory. (the 2GB is mostly marketing hype in order for the videocard makers to charge new release prices for last gen cards)

Most games will not use 2GB video memory unless unless you take a very demanding game and do something like force 16X AA and AF along with a few other enhancements

(for a high end card it is not much of an issue with most current games but for a mid range card, it will render most games unplayable, especially when force settings that are higher than what the game engine offers. (eg if the game engine goes up to 4xAA and you use the driver override to get 8X or 16X then you will get an extreme drop in performance as it cannot efficiently handle it)

I recommend going for a 1GB card that is much faster for the same or less money.

PS minecraft is mostly CPU limited. It is run entirely in java and this causes a huge performance overhead.

For me in minecraft, I get around 200-400FPS with a GPU usage of around 20-30% on my GTX460

To get more performance you need a CPU which faster single threaded performance

I am currently using a AMD phenom 2 CPU and it is the limiting factor in my performance.

if I were to move up to a core i5 or i7 system then I would get significant performance boost (may even double it with just a faster CPU)

minecraft eats up to 1.5GB of ram by it's self (it requires a 64 bit java install as the 32 bit version will not allow a single java app to allocate more than 1GB from the java virtual machine.

The 64 bit java must be manually installed, the auto detected link on the java site always defaults to 32 bit (if you are having issues with your current system with minecraft then the issue is most likely 32 bit java virtual machine, especially if it starts off running smooth and slows over time.

(Jun 24 '12 at 02:34) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Why do you want 2GB of VRAM on your graphics card? I don't really think that 2 GB is necessary, however, your wish is my command...

Here's what I've been able to compile:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 (Best speed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 (Best price)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 (limited in speed by the SATA II interface, but I do own it, and it's pretty good)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245 (Most GB per dollar, however, uses slightly dated SATA II)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996 (I personally use the FX 6200)
Out of these two CPUs, I would choose the AMD one, but I included this just in case you would rather go with Intel.

Motherboard-AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131757 (This is the motherboard that I use)
Motherboards-Intel (listed in the order that I would pick):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355 (Most desired)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 (Good alternative)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502 (Yet another option)

Case and CPU bundle (saves a few bucks):
Personally, I would go with either the RANGER or the CHALLENGER.

RAM (will work with either platform...AMD/Intel):

AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121642
Nvidia: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130652
Since you "must" have 2 GB of VRAM, those were the two best cards I could get in your price range. However, you really don't need that much VRAM, so here's some more high end graphics cards that would work well in your price range:
AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
Nvidia: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661
Nvidia: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127592

I've also decided to include some optional parts.
Optical Drive (DVD burner): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
CPU Heatsink (I've used this in two builds, and it works fantastic!): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

One other thing to note; I would recommend running a Linux distribution Like Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, etc. instead of buying Windows 7 for $100. I can assure you that the motherboard that I use works with Ubuntu, and probably works with the rest of the popular Linux distributions. You told me that you were going to only play Minecraft, and that's why I recommend Linux. It's incredibly simple to play Minecraft on Linux.

I have verified that all of your essential parts add up to $690 at their most expensive point, so you could easily spend $50 less, and maybe get the optional parts like the heatsink and optical drive. One thing I did not factor in was shipping, but thankfully, most of the parts come with free shipping.

Please converse with me if you are unsure about any certain parts that I have chosen, and I'll give you an explanation to why I've chosen it. Also, if you want to know what parts that I would use in a build (out of these possibilities), I could tell you.

answered Jun 23 '12 at 21:36

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edited Jun 24 '12 at 00:09

Here's what I would do to accomplish a cheap gaming rig: Buy a reasonable new-ish desktop PC from a reputable company, Upgrade the Power Supply, upgrade the RAM if necessary, slap in a nice card, put the cover on, enjoy. Did that with a Compaq I had once. Bought a 600w power supply then got a nice 1GB GDDR5 Graphics card. Worked nicely for Portal and Minecraft. I could even record with 60FPS with Fraps. Costed a total of... probably 400 or 500 dollars.

answered Jun 24 '12 at 01:50

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All building a computer is is basically finding the components, screwing a few things in, and cable management. With a little bit of digging you can buiold a computer for almost any price range. One time I threw together an entire rig built basically for minecraft for just over $400, so you don't even have to spend the $700 if you don't want to.

answered Jun 24 '12 at 04:24

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Your requirements are a bit strange. Minecraft asks some resources, but not so much you need a high end pc. If you want to live stream it with skype in the background and maybe edit video on it, I can get why you'd want a system like that. If it's just for a casual friday night, put the money in a $700 dollar notebook and upgrade it to 8GB of RAM.

answered Jun 25 '12 at 11:55

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most all modern PCs today can and are for gameing any PC that is dual or quad core with 8 to 16 GB of ram that cant run most average games today the maker should hang it head in shame ..

and most will be well under $700 though if you are bound and determined in today's market to sped nearly $1000 on a PC go for it because in the next 3 to 5 year the face of technology computing and gaming is going to change so much it may well be difficult to do such a thing it will be consider unnecessary and overly excessive ..

dont forget to stock up on them cd/dvd drives as in the next few years they will be obsolete :)

answered Jun 25 '12 at 12:14

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edited Jun 25 '12 at 12:25

They really haven't been producing nothing new in the world of lap tops and Pcs in several years sales have been way off most everything out there we buy today online or at box stores was manufactured from 1 to 5 years ago unless you are ordering directly from the likes of dell and even then the design will be your the hardware its built with will be old new stock ..

once it is gone ultra book and slim line design is whats taking over the market the hard drive on most if not all of this new technology including Surface and others is going to be the cloud..

Microsoft is making the right move with its new product line not only the right one but because of changes happening with android Google Linux coming standard on more and more off the shelf computers over the next years it could be the only move they can make to keep a foot in the market at all ..

the companies with the most to offer is going to be the next leader in the battle of PC and Microsoft at this point is the one legged man in butt kick en contest ..

they have pour to much time into other stuff they are a great software company if you like office products but they now run on about any platform you don't need windows for office aps ..

(Jun 25 '12 at 12:57) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image
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