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Hi people, I'm trying to help my friend find a decent graphic card for Minecraft, and it will be used strictly for that! His budget is around $120 max, and his case dimensions are 13x12x4. His PC is a Lenovo, and his CPU is a Pentium R Dual Core E5300 @ 2.6 GHz. I'm not sure if his PSU will handle it, but I'm wondering if anyone can go into Lenovo's archives and see what PC's this CPU shipped with, and what PSU was included with it.

I'm kind of thinking of recommending either a 6670, 6770 or a 7770, which don't take huge amounts of power, but still want to make sure they work well. So what would you guys recommend?
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post #2 of 10
a 7770, It can be pretty much run by any pus because its so power efficient. It only uses 1 6 pin connector i believe too.
post #3 of 10
A 7770 or GTX 650 Ti would be your best bet, should eat through Minecraft easily, just get whichever of the two you can find the cheapest! thumb.gif
post #4 of 10
Any card pretty well above $50 will run minecraft, even with Misa's pack on thumb.gif

Look at my wife's machine, it has a GT 520, and it does not even brake a sweat. Running around the 100+ FPS biggrin.gif
post #5 of 10
Best card that doesn't require any external power is the
7750 for 88.49$ single slot but a bit long
or this short Dual-slot 7750 for 84.99$
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post #6 of 10
7770 or 7750 would be the best bet like everyone else has already said.
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post #7 of 10
Isn't minecraft heavier on the CPU? my laptop with 230m graphics runs it perfectly, so ANY discrete card pretty much since the 5450 can run it with ease
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post #8 of 10
A $50 discrete card would run it fine. Anything more powerful than a 5570 is going to be CPU bottlenecked.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Joey23art View Post

A $50 discrete card would run it fine. Anything more powerful than a 5570 is going to be CPU bottlenecked.

The C2D processors were well enough to run this, I'm that after the card is upgraded the rest of the computer will need an upgrade
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post #10 of 10
You won't need any big, power hungry GPU, I play minecraft no trouble with my Radeon X1300
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