Best pre-built PCs for playing Minecraft Windows Central 2021
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 further 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: HP OMEN 30L
- Budget option: iBUYPOWER Trace MR
- Ultimate performance: Alienware Aurora R12
- Small form factor: MSI MPG Trident 3
- Work and play: Dell XPS 8940 SE
- Truly compact: Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i
Tons of customization: HP OMEN 30LEditor's choice
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.
Budget option: iBUYPOWER Trace MRStaff pick
This affordable PC has gaming style with RGB lighting and clear panels, plus it comes with a keyboard and mouse. The 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD), 240GB solid-state drive (SSD), and NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM have the power to get either version of Minecraft going at smooth frame rates.
Ultimate performance: Alienware Aurora R12
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 R12 is an absolute beast. Get up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900KF CPU, 128GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA RTX 3090 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT GPU, all contained in a gorgeous, unique case.
Small form factor: MSI MPG Trident 3
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 up to an Intel Core i7-10700F CPU, GTX 1660 Super GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD coupled with a 512GB SSD for excellent Minecraft performance.
Work and play: Dell XPS 8940 SE
Hate the look of RGB lighting and stylized case on a PC that doubles for work and productivity? Dell's XPS 8940 SE is a bit of a sleeper, with a relatively plain case that hides some impressive hardware. Get up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU, 128GB of RAM, and a 2TB HDD with a 2TB SSD.
Truly compact: Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i
If you don't mind sticking with integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics with a focus on performance instead of fancy graphics, Lenovo's IdeaCentre Mini 5i is an affordable way to start playing. It has a textile top cover that fits in well in the living room or home office, and its hardware can be upgraded. Lots of ports make connecting all your accessories a breeze.
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 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.
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 a NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU, 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K CPU, or AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 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 Trace MR. It includes a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10400F CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU, 240GB SSD, and 1TB HDD. You won't likely conquer any ray-traced worlds, but it will certainly provide an excellent Minecraft experience.
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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