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I tried starting up a new world of Minecraft today, and found much to my displeasure that something as simple as breaking a tree, on a single-player world, would run into glitchy, laggy, unplayable problems.

My computer is...rather old. It has a AMD Athlon II 620 Quad-Core processor, a Nvidia 9100 integrated graphics card, 4 G of Ram, 640 GB hard drive, and it runs Windows 7. I literally updated java just yesterday, so...what am I missing to make Minecraft run properly?

  • Integrated graphics is the problem. Minecraft is more graphically demanding than many AAA titles, despite appearances. – SevenSidedDie Oct 22 '13 at 1:53
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    SevenSidedDie is right, go to the graphics settings in minecraft and set them all to the lowest demanding option eg set render distance to "tiny" – Qwertie Oct 22 '13 at 1:56
  • also install the optifine mod – Qwertie Oct 22 '13 at 2:33
  • optifine may not work, it really depends on the hardware and settings with whether it will help or hinder – ratchet freak Oct 22 '13 at 8:27
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Oddly, Mojang doesn't have any minimum or recommended specs on minecraft.net, instead burying it in a crowd-sourced help article about system requirements.

You appear to have more than the minimum required specs:

Minimum Requirements:
CPU : Intel P4 or its AMD Equivalent (AMD K7)
RAM : 2GB
GPU : Intel GMA 950 or AMD Equivalent with OpenGL 2.1 Support
HDD : At least 100MB for Game Core and Sound Files

… but your system falls far short of the recommended specs due to not having a discrete graphics card:

Recommended Requirements:
CPU : Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
RAM : 4GB
GPU : GeForce 6xxx or ATI Radeon 9xxx and up with OpenGL 2.1 Support (Excluding Integrated Chipsets)
HDD : 150MB

  • Thanks. I think clearly though I'll have to aim a slightly bit higher than this for the more recent AAA games. I do intend to eventually play the new X-Com on this after all. – Zibbobz Oct 22 '13 at 2:24

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