What is the best CPU and motherboard under $300 for playing the Java Edition of Minecraft?
I already have a graphics card, 256GB SSD and a 600W PSU.
I'll also use it for normal computer usage.

  • You haven't mentioned RAM. Does that also need to be included in your $300 budget? Also, are you going to be hosting servers, LAN or internet, and which edition of Minecraft? (Java or Bedrock?)
    – Romen
    Nov 25, 2019 at 20:23
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    I don't have RAM, but it's included separately from this budget. And I'm only going to be playing Minecraft, sometimes with a few friends and on servers. Also, I'll be using Java Edition.
    – LostXOR
    Nov 25, 2019 at 20:50
  • I will do a little more research to write a full answer later, but I am going to suggest the Ryzen 5 2600 (~ $200 USD) and a B450 motherboard. That will definitely land around $300 or less and it would be fast enough to handle many other games, only your GPU would be holding you back then. Also, this is in USD right?
    – Romen
    Nov 25, 2019 at 21:29
  • Yes, it is in USD.
    – LostXOR
    Nov 25, 2019 at 22:07
  • What graphics card are you using? A Ryzen 5 2600 or 3600 might well be overkill. Also, if you're looking for performance, the Java edition is definitely not optimal.
    – towe
    Nov 27, 2019 at 13:14

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Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler - YD2600BBAFBOX - $115

Motherboard: Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM AMD Ryzen 2 AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI VGA M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 mATX Motherboard $77

Links provided below to buy these products

Processor: Link to buy the processor

Motherboard: Link to buy the motherboard

NB: You can buy B450 motherboard from any decent brand

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