Have an HP DM1 (E350/HD6310) that we have been using as a general browsing box for a while.
The problem is that my daughter likes to play Minecraft on it and is getting laggy play on it, plus it is glacial to start. Subjectively I think that it is making about 20-25fps or there abouts. Running Kaspersky so I doubt it's any kind of malware.
Have been recommended to install linux on it in place of Windows 7 by a friend to has a kid playing minecraft on a laptop with the same chipset.
My first thought was to go for an SSD but I placed the program on the Ramdisk (I upgraded the ram to 8GB when I bought it) which did not seem to make a difference.
Have watched AMD system monitor while running Minecraft in a window and it seems that the GPU is hardly stretched, while the CPU sits at 90%+ but does not max out. The CPU tends to run to about 50% just copying files to a USB drive though. There may be a little network lag due to play over wireless but a LAN cable does not seem to make that much difference.
I Want to improve the Minecraft user experience, what do you think of my options?
1. Switch to Linux, thinking Mint with Cinnamon.
2. SSD possibly with Linux.
3. Replace it with an off lease Dell E6410. (Have an E6420 with linux + SSD works well as a utility PC & for Minecraft)