The best pre-built PCs for playing Minecraft don't need to be particularly powerful. However, having a PC with robust specs is only going to improve your experience with farther render distances, prettier animations, and smoother frame rates. Minecraft is available in two different PC versions: Java and Bedrock. 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. And as for Bedrock, you can check out RTX enhancements with the right GPU. 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
The HP Omen 30L gaming PC is available in plenty of different configurations. Processors (CPU) include 11th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 options, paired with RTX 30-series graphics cards (GPU). It also comes in a sleek case that's easy to tinker with for future upgrades. If you need even more power, consider checking out the HP Omen 45L.
Well-built and affordable
Newegg's ABS brand has a good reputation when it comes to delivering non-proprietary parts and a tidy build. This model has an Intel Core i5-11400F CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. It's built on an Intel B560 motherboard, surrounded by a Rosewill Spectra D100 ATX case.
Want to slam Java Minecraft with so many shaders and mods that you can no longer tell it apart from real life? Want to crush Bedrock RTX improvements? Alienware's Aurora R13 is an absolute beast. Get up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900KF CPU, 128GB of DDR4 RAM or 64GB of DDR5 RAM, and an NVIDIA RTX 3090 or AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU, all contained in a gorgeous, unique case.
Small form factor
Don't want a massive PC taking up space in your office or living room? MSI's MPG Trident 3 packs a bunch of gaming hardware into a tiny case about the same size as last-gen consoles. Get an Intel Core i5-11500F CPU, RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for excellent Minecraft performance.
Work and play
Hate the look of RGB lighting and stylized case on a PC that doubles for work and productivity? Dell's new XPS 8950 Desktop is a bit of a sleeper, with a relatively plain case that hides some impressive hardware. Get up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU, 128GB of RAM, and a 2TB HDD with a 2TB SSD. Check out our review of the last-gen Dell XPS 8940 SE for more info.
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Thanks to rather relaxed PC system requirements for both Bedrock and Java versions of Minecraft, any of the best pre-built PCs in this roundup are going to get the job done.
However, if you'd like to get in on Bedrock ray-tracing improvements or want the ability to add the best shaders and mods to Java, you'll need to take things up a notch. Despite Minecraft's initial simple look, it can quickly become a system hog.
For a pre-built PC that covers the entire gamut, there is the HP Omen 30L. Baseline options have the ability to easily run either version of Minecraft. You can scale hardware depending on budget to include up to an NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU, 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K CPU, or AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU.
If you're looking for something that's a bit more over the top, there is the HP Omen 45L. It has a unique case with a patented "Cryo Chamber" on top that houses the CPU's radiator, effectively reducing internal temperatures for better sustained performance. You can get it with some ridiculous hardware options, but it's probably going to be overkill if you just want to play Minecraft.
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 ABS Master from Newegg. It's built with non-proprietary parts, meaning you won't run into any obstacles down the road when you want to upgrade. It's priced quite competitively, and it comes in a snazzy case.
If a desktop PC isn't the way you want to go, be sure to have a look at the best laptops for playing Minecraft.
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