I keep it on low render distance by choice, my pc has 8gb RAM and 1tb hard drive memory which is pretty modest, certainly not a pleb poverty fag's setup tho. My monitor is cheap and small tho, 21 inch diagonally
I also create renders of screenshots in game and need a smaller render distance to support my modified renders of things i build.
I also pirated my Minecraft download from a website many years ago just after 1.5.2 was released and never paid a cent for it and play it how I like, I have the updated 1.11 on my other pc.
I also fully customize and terraform worlds with this pc, my last terraform was modeled after Kashyyyk from star wars and I did a 16,000x16,000x256 block area with no problems or long waits at all.