Best Pre-Built PCs for Playing Minecraft Windows Central 2020
Minecraft is available in two different PC versions — Java and Bedrock — but they both have rather low system requirements. Chances are, if you have a PC from the last five or six years, it's going to run Minecraft. However, having a more powerful PC is only going to improve your experience with further render distances, prettier animations, and smoother framerates. If you're running the Java version of Minecraft, having a beefy PC means you'll also be able to test out some shaders and mods that significantly change the look of the game. Don't want to build your own PC? We've put together this list of pre-built desktops that are ideal for Minecraft.
- Tons of Customization: HP OMEN Obelisk
- Budget Option: iBUYPOWER Desktop
- Ultimate Performance: Alienware Aurora R9
- Great Value: CyberPowerPC Gamer Master
- Cube Design: Lenovo Legion C530
- Work and Play: Dell XPS SE Desktop 8930
HP offers a ton of customization options for its OMEN Obelisk, with baseline models starting at a great price. Choose from AMD or Intel processors (CPU) depending on your budget and allegiance, and go with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080 graphics card (GPU). Want to keep the price down? The NVIDIA GTX 1660 GPU option does a fantastic job running Minecraft.
This affordable PC has gaming style with RGB lighting and a clear panel on the side, plus it comes with a keyboard and mouse. The AMD Ryzen 3200G CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD), and NVIDIA GT 710 GPU have the power to get either version of Minecraft going at smooth framerates.
Want to slam Java Minecraft with so many shaders and mods that you can no longer tell it apart from real life? Want to prepare for Bedrock RTX improvements? Alienware's Aurora R9 is an absolute beast. Get up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS CPU, 64GB of RAM, and dual NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super GPUs, all contained in a gorgeous, unique case.
If you're looking for something affordable but don't want to go with our budget pick, this CyberPowerPC sits in an excellent position. It has RGB lighting, clear side panel, and it comes with a keyboard and mouse. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 2TB HDD, and 240GB solid-state drive (SSD), and AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU will deliver a high-end Minecraft experience.
Lenovo's Legion C530 is shaped like a cube (or a deep fryer), with a handle on top that makes it easy for carrying over to a friend's house. You get RGB lighting, plenty of ports, and many hardware options up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9700 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1TB HDD with a 512GB SSD, and an NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU for excellent performance.
Hate the look of RGB lighting and stylized case on a PC that doubles for work and productivity? Dell's XPS Special Edition 8930 is a bit of a sleeper, with a rather plain tower that hides some impressive hardware. Get up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900 CPU, NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a 2TB HDD with a 512GB SSD.
If we're making some suggestions
Thanks to rather relaxed PC system requirements for both Bedrock and Java versions of Minecraft, any of the options in this roundup are going to get the job done. However, if you'd like to prepare for Bedrock ray tracing improvements or want the ability to add rather heavy shaders and mods to Java, you'll need to take things up a notch.
For a pre-built PC that covers the entire gamut, there is the HP OMEN Obelisk. Baseline options have the ability to easily run either version of Minecraft, and you can scale up hardware depending on budget to include up to a NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU and 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9700K CPU.
And if you're looking for a gaming PC that doesn't cost a lot but still gets the job done with style, check out the iBUYPOWER Desktop. It includes a keyboard, mouse, and the hardware to run Minecraft at smooth framerates.
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