Help Me find a Cheap gaming mac for a Friend.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sawtoothdude, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Sawtoothdude macrumors regular

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    First off this NOT a thread of me asking to buy one.

    My friend Is trying to get a new machine and wants to get a mac. His budget is not very much, Around $500-$600, and he has sent me a few requirements:
    1. It must play games well.
    2. It must be able to run vista
    3. It must not be too expensive

    He plans to play Guild Wars and some MMOs Like WoW.

    Which machine would best suit his needs, but please note that it does not have to be brand new. We were thinking about a Core Duo iMac. Let me know what you think.
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Good luck finding a mac for that price range...running games and Vista well? doubtful. Happy hunting.
     
  3. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816

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    You can spend $1500-$1600 and get a machine that will do all of those things. Even if you were in the market for a PC, it wouldn't be possible to get what he needs. He either needs to save more money, or lower his expectations.
     
  4. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    Your friend wants a cheap PC although that won't be able to run any real version of Vista. He needs to lower his expectations or raise his bank account.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Cheapest refurbed Macs are Mac Minis which go for $650 but these don't play games well. A refurbed 17" iMac is what you want, but it'll be north of $900, way north if you want enough RAM to run VISTA well.
     
  6. TheBobcat macrumors 6502

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    I'd like a 2007 BMW 325i retractable hard top convertible for less than $5000, but its just not in the cards, baby.
     
  7. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    no Mac is guaranteed to run Vista. for this to be guaranteed (and this is total speculation), you'll have to wait for Leopard, which is when many suspect Boot Camp will support Vista. as of now, Boot Camp supports only Windows XP.

    getting a good gaming machine in that price range is a long shot.
     
  8. acoustics940 macrumors member

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    Why dont you just get a pc??? I dont understand people wanting a mac so bad and run windows on it 24 hours a day to play my games.
     
  9. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    ooor, get a cheap mac mini + an actual gaming console.

    $600 is just not enough to get a really decent computer, PC or mac, that will run Vista + play games well.
     
  10. mmc291 macrumors newbie

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    the 2007 3-series retractable hardtop is only available with the 335i and 328i. They discontinued the 325 and 330

    sorry to split hairs :(
     
  11. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    You should be.

    :p

    I think we all got his point.
     

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