Best PC Build for Playing Minecraft Under $500
Minecraft is a global sensation, and part of the appeal of this beautiful game is that it can run on pretty much anything with a processor. This is especially true for the Bedrock Edition, though the original Java Edition (only available on PC) also doesn't require much horsepower under the hood. If you're on a tight budget or just don't want to overspend on a custom PC for the kids to enjoy Minecraft, we've put together a list of parts that will become a quality PC for less than $500.
CPU with integrated GPU
This quad-core budget processor (CPU) brings hyperthreading, boost clock up to 4.2GHz, and 11 GPU cores for its Vega integrated graphics. It can handle even high-end games on low settings, and it will absolutely crush Minecraft as long as you're not getting involved with shaders. A stock cooler is included that will handle thermals.
You can always go for more RAM when budget allows, but starting with this 8GB DDR4-2400MHz stick from Corsair will get you started. It's covered in an aluminum shroud that helps dissipate heat, and it has proven its reliability time and again.
The motherboard is what the rest of the PC is built onto, so it's essential to get a quality product. This GIGABYTE B450M option works well with the Ryzen 5 3400G, includes RGB Fusion support, and has four slots for RAM. No Wi-Fi is included, but there is an Ethernet port for a wired connection. Have a look at our roundup of the best motherboards for more options.
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Opting for a speedy M.2 PCIe NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) for Windows 10 is never a bad idea. The extra speed allows for fast boot times, and you'll also have no issues fitting Minecraft on the drive, thanks to 256GB of space. You can always go for a larger boot drive, but the price is right for this one.
Doubling up on storage is entirely optional, but if you foresee more than just Minecraft being played on this PC, a 256GB boot drive might not be enough. The SK hynix Gold S31 is an affordable, reliable, and speedy 2.5-inch SATA SSD available in sizes up to 1TB.
All these parts have to go into something, and Phanteks makes some exceptional cases. The Eclipse P400 is affordable, it has a tempered-glass side panel for easy viewing, and it comes with some RGB lighting for extra style. Built-in fans in the front and back help move air through the system.
Power Supply Unit
Building even a budget PC and skimping on the power supply unit (PSU) can have dire consequences. Thankfully, Seasonic is a trusted brand that puts out quality PSUs at a competitive price. This 500W option will have more than enough juice to handle the power requirements of this build with plenty of overhead for future upgrades.
Building a Minecraft PC for less than $500
The parts above should have no issue working together — the motherboard should ship with the latest BIOS that works with the Ryzen 5 3400G CPU — but there are some extra parts you might need to invest in. This will technically push the build past $500, and if that's an issue, you might have better luck browsing our collection of best pre-built PCs for Minecraft.
An OS is required, and Windows 10 will add around $140 (opens in new tab) if you're buying new. You can also move a Windows 10 license to a new PC to save money. If you don't have a monitor, check out these budget PC monitors that will fare well with Minecraft.
You might also want to add a dedicated graphics card if you're looking to play other games and have the budget. Be sure to check out our collection of the overall best graphics cards for plenty of great options. As for keyboard and mouse, we also have some recommendations. Browse our roundup of the best gaming keyboards and the best gaming mice for a ton of great hardware.
And finally, don't forget about the game of choice. Minecraft Bedrock Edition costs about $27 (opens in new tab), though might be eligible for a free copy of Minecraft if you're a longtime owner of the Java Edition.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.