How important is a dedicated graphics card for this game?

#1Mini_MiiPosted 12/4/2011 4:30:47 PM
I am thinking about buying a new laptop. I wouldn't really play any other games on it other than Minecraft, but I want to make sure I can at least play on Normal viewing distance without getting 2 fps.

I've heard some people say this game would work fine as long as I have a decent amount of RAM and a decent processor, but I've also heard that a dedicated graphics card makes a big difference too.

If I got a laptop with an Intel Core i5 and 4 GB of RAM with an integrated graphics card would that be good enough? Or should I shell out the extra cash for one with a dedicated graphics card? Anybody have any recommendations or suggestions about this?
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#2saul777Posted 12/4/2011 4:57:03 PM
any new onboard card should be fine.
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#3GastroidPosted 12/4/2011 5:05:21 PM
It's about as important as having one, quite frankly. Or, as said, a newer integrated chip, but that's a finer line.
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#4kris17352Posted 12/4/2011 5:12:18 PM
Better to have a dedicated but the new integrated graphics with sandy bridge operate well enough. I think they surpass my old laptop with a 4570 which played the game fine. Getting a better processor is more important, I have a 5650 with my current laptop that should play it fine but due to my slower processor I only get around 30fps full screen.
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#5JonWood007Posted 12/4/2011 5:20:41 PM
GMA 4500m runs it with lag, intel 3000 with sandy bridge should run it fine. If you wanna be sure, you could always get an AMD fusion comp, but i wouldnt recommend it just for minecraft since the CPUs are weaker than intel's.
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#6nudemanonbikePosted 12/4/2011 5:29:16 PM
On my mom's laptop with a slightly weaker processor and the same amount of ram, she can get a stable 40 FPS with the graphics turned way down.

I imagine it'll be playable- but if you want to have any chance of playing on far with some nice texture packs, shell out for a graphics card.
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#7KingOhKayJOPAPosted 12/4/2011 5:33:12 PM
It is not important for Minecraft, but you should save up and get a good gaming computer/laptop anyway so you can play other great games such as Skyrim. This is my recommendation.
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#8Paladin ZPosted 12/4/2011 11:48:44 PM
Everything I have heard it's the cpu that matters far more than anything in minecraft, the graphics are simply but being java coded for a full game is a resource hog so it's cpu and ram.
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#9darcnavysealPosted 12/4/2011 11:59:30 PM
^This. GPU has nothing to do with minecraft. It runs good on my 5770 and it runs equally well on my 4530, which is far worse. Ram is most important.
#10The CynicPosted 12/5/2011 1:51:26 AM
Having a dedicated GPU as opposed to an integrated graphics chip makes the difference between 60-80 FPS and 10-20 FPS.