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October 8, 2011 10:12 PM Subscribe
How can I improve my computer's performance enough to play Minecraft?
posted by Made of Star Stuff to computers & internet (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to play Minecraft, but it runs extremely slowly on my computer---slower than I expected it would. Am I overestimating my hardware, or is something else wrong? Here is what I'm using:
Biostar A880G+ motherboard
AMD Athlon II X2 4400e processor (an unlocked Sempron 140, actually)
6 GiB RAM
30 GiB solid state drive for the operating systems, and a larger conventional drive for everything else.
Minecraft isn't functional at all in Fedora 15, though I've never had much luck getting video drivers working properly with Fedora in the first place. In Ubuntu 11.04, I get framerates of 16-19 per second on the highest settings and 20-30 on the lowest settings, with frequent dips below 20.
I know the motherboard and processor are not state of the art, but I thought they would be fine given the amount of RAM and the SSD. If I'm wrong about that, would adding a video card make a difference? If so, are there any under, say, $60 that would meet my needs and play nice with Linux, especially Fedora? (I'd rather add a video card than upgrade the processor or motherboard, but I'm open to suggestions if my small upgrade budget would be better spent there.)
For what it is worth, Ubuntu is generally sluggish, and Fedora frequently slows down dramatically when I use Kile, enough that there is about a two-second delay from what I type to what appears on the screen. I don't know if that is a related problem---I haven't even tried a fresh install to see if it persists---but if a video card will help there too, I'll be happy to kill two (three?) birds with one stone.