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Ultra low cost Minecraft/SEUS build

pcb2

62 months ago

I'm after a very inexpensive build that will run Minecraft with SEUS for my 8 and 11 yr olds (so I need to buy two!) It isn't needed for anything else more demanding and we have the monitors etc. I've received some great advice already, just looking for validation on the below as I just chose everything to be the least expensive once I had the CPU and GPU set...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $94.98 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Enermax ETS-N30-TAA 50.8 CFM CPU Cooler $4.99 @ NCIX US
Thermal Compound StarTech Metal Oxide 15g Thermal Paste $1.86 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $27.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $99.99 @ NCIX US
Case Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $12.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply CoolMax 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $9.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $354.27
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-01 00:56 EST-0500

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Good but I suggest a few things. A 750 Ti should be able to run SEUS OK but be sure to check through all the versions (ultra, lite, etc) to find the best performance/graphics sweet spot. I see you chose Micro ATX to keep cost down but keep in mind that Micro ATX can be a little finicky to work with and that the GPU can block some stuff depending on length and position (my friend has a Micro ATX mobo with a 660... It blocks 4 SATA ports lol). DDR3 RAM is dirt cheap nowadays so use this to your advantage and get a dual channel (better performing) and fast (1600MHz) kit. I recommend this G.Skill RAM. The rest should be fine but I personally hold a massive grudge against Seagate HDDs (especially the Barracuda) and recommend this WD Caviar Blue instead but that isn't necessary obviously. Good luck!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for the advice - I'll take it!!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, hope your kids like it! (I'm just waiting until I get my PC so I can do SEUS... a 1 GB RAM without a graphics card PC is sorta useless xD)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, we have very old systems right now - this'll be modest but hopefully all they need for a bit!

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