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Very old system w/ PATA HDD, etc... just need it to run Minecraft, don't want to spend any more than necessary to get smooth gameplay.

I found a mATX P67 board with an ATA133 2 dev. max for ~$60, so I thought I would grab that and plug in a Sandy Bridge Celeron (G530), 8GB of memory and a GT520... or perhaps an old GT 240...

Will that work, or is that cutting it too close as far as low performance?
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that should be just fine for minecraft
pretty sure it can run on much less than that......
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I would say for only Minecraft; Drop that 8GB or ram down to 4GB's, if you're buying it.
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Yea I could do that, but the 4 GB kits are like $30 and the 8 GB kits are only ~$40, so it seems dumb to pass that up... plus I would want it if I decided to drop in a decent Ivy Bridge CPU later on.

Instead of the GT 520 I'm thinking I'll do a GT 240 or 430, or maybe an HD 6570... those can all be had at around the same price point.
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Yea I could do that, but the 4 GB kits are like $30 and the 8 GB kits are only ~$40, so it seems dumb to pass that up... plus I would want it if I decided to drop in a decent Ivy Bridge CPU later on.
Instead of the GT 520 I'm thinking I'll do a GT 240 or 430, or maybe an HD 6570... those can all be had at around the same price point.

stick with 8. You don't need a AMAZING GPU but i would stilll get a decent one. Might wanna get this
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That's not the first time the SB Pentium has been suggested, although I was under the impression that you don't really get noticeable performance increases until you get into the Core i series, since i3 has HT...

The way I'm thinking is, the G530 is better than the C2D e7200/GT 210 I have running downstairs, and that plays Minecraft just fine, and Ivy Bridge is coming out in 2 months, so why bother with the mid range stuff right now?
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That's not the first time the SB Pentium has been suggested, although I was under the impression that you don't really get noticeable performance increases until you get into the Core i series, since i3 has HT...

The way I'm thinking is, the G530 is better than the C2D e7200/GT 210 I have running downstairs, and that plays Minecraft just fine, and Ivy Bridge is coming out in 2 months, so why bother with the mid range stuff right now?
I would get a dual core. Single cores don't run Minecraft well. From personal experience it isn't that much more and make your Mincrafting so much fun. Also we should play some time.(:


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The G530 is dual core... you must be thinking of the G440 - utter garbage. It would be nice for mobile applications but it sucks power like nobody's business.
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Celeron G540 is stably 4% behind Pentium G620, which is most likely determined by the differences in clock frequency. It means that cutting L3 cache memory from 3 Mb to 2 MB (by 1.5 times) is a purely cosmetic adjustment, which has more effect on the subjective perception of the technical specifications rather than the actual performance in applications. So, the slight difference in price between Celeron and Pentium processors has only slight influence on their performance.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/celeron-g540-g440_4.html#sect1

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The G530 is dual core... you must be thinking of the G440 - utter garbage. It would be nice for mobile applications but it sucks power like nobody's business.
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Celeron G540 is stably 4% behind Pentium G620, which is most likely determined by the differences in clock frequency. It means that cutting L3 cache memory from 3 Mb to 2 MB (by 1.5 times) is a purely cosmetic adjustment, which has more effect on the subjective perception of the technical specifications rather than the actual performance in applications. So, the slight difference in price between Celeron and Pentium processors has only slight influence on their performance.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/celeron-g540-g440_4.html#sect1

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If you go with the still cheap dual core solution and the 8GB of RAM you should be more than covered smile.gif
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