I started hosting a MC server on a dedicated machine at home for a week now and I wanted to get something a bit better, it runs with a few plugins - 5GB ram dedicated to the server.

So, my budget is around £100 just for the cpu, (motherboard in that range is also great! xD) new or used. I want to know what would be an optimal CPU for a rough 50 players online, with plugins, and 15 chunk render distance. At the moment i run a AMD Athlon x4 880k and 8GB 2133Mhz memory DDR3 (5G to server) but even at 4 players online i see the MSPT over 35 and the server TPS often goes below 20 (50 players is unreachable xD) - currently on latest build of Purpur.jar and PopOS! Linux.

I have read online that Xeon is better, NO, Ryzen is better, no this, no that.... so..... WHAAT ONE IS BETTER LMAO! I have heard that the only thing that matters is Single Core Performance, so an Intel core i3-10105F is within my budget as it beats a 3700x in this application. Is this good for what i need, or can i get better in any way..... any feedback is welcome. Thanks! :D

if neither of these cpu's could run 50 players at once, how much would they be able to run?


You can get a Ryzen 3 3100 and overclock it. Also run Ubuntu server, because its faster than Pop OS. Also make sure your internet connection is fast enough, because I host a minecraft server myself and I am bottlenecked by my upload speed. If the cpu is too expensive, you can cheap out on the motherboard, any B450 board will do. Forget Xeons, those are too expensive for what they do.

  • This info is greatly appreciated. If i may ask though, according to this website: cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html The i3-10105f has better single core performance than a R3 3100. So, would this overclock make it perform much better than the i3 or is there other variables im not taking into account of, thaanks! :D Oct 31 '21 at 11:46
  • OCing would make it better for the ryzen, and I think it will push it really close to the i3 or even further. Also the mobo's are mostly cheaper on the ryzen. And see more benchmarks, because a sample size of 1 doesn't tell you much about cpu performance
    – Irsu85
    Oct 31 '21 at 17:39
  • i see, i see, the i3 costs 75£ for me whereas the R3 costs 120£, so i think the extra cost covers a more expensive motherboard. As for cpu performance i do suppose the R3 will generally outperform the I3, but i only need it dedicated for a mc server. so i guess im stuck between the two now. As for player count, how many players would i expect to be able to handle at once with the R3 3100? Oct 31 '21 at 20:23
  • If your internet connection is good enough (especially upload speed) and you don't have too laggy farms/transportation methods, you can handle quite a lot of players (75 should be doable). But your main limitation is gonna be your internet connection with that cpu and if you have laggy farms, don't expect to go much higher than 10 (those are pretty hard to run)
    – Irsu85
    Nov 1 '21 at 8:56
  • sounds fine then, i get 20Mbps upload and as far as i can tell it takes 3 people for the upload to get to 1Mbps. So in theory i could get to 60 people then. Nov 1 '21 at 13:45

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