iMac for gaming

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nicolastzi, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I am intersted in buyingiMac 27" of 2012 with 3.2GHz, 1TB, Geforce gt 675m with 1GB, 12gb ram. Is it good for gaming?
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    CWallace

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    It should be plenty fine, either because there is a native OS X version of the game or you can install Windows via BootCamp and run the game in that OS.
     
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    elithrar

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    Get the 680MX if you are playing games released in the last 12 months. There's a decent jump between it and the 675M.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    I love my 27in iMac with the GTX680, but I would never buy it solely for gaming. If only Apple would have put a GTX680 in the 21.5in iMac with its lower resolution. If you like eye candy in your games, you might be disappointed playing at the native resolution on the 27in. I ended up building a small mini itx gaming machine with a GTX 780 to fulfill my needs that the GTX680 in the iMac just could not handle with all the settings cranked on ultra. If I could do it all over again, I would have bought a base model iMac along with a Windows rig just for gaming.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Do you play the games in Bootcamp or OS X? OS X gaming performance is ways worse then Windows, so you might be able to get more out of your iMac if you install Bootcamp.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Omen, I've ran my games on both Bootcamp and OSX. Of course the gaming experience on Windows was better. I am not saying you can't game on the GTX680, but if you are coming from a PC with a decent GPU, gaming at 1080p, you can be in for a shocker when you crank those settings and that mobile GTX680 in the iMac buckles under the pressure. The GTX680 can easily drive the 21.5in iMac and I really wish Apple would offer a high end GPU for it. Again, I love my iMac but I wish I would have just bought the base model and threw together a gaming PC for $1000 on the side that can outpace the iMac in gaming. By the way, I have a Viewsonic VP2770 IPS monitor, and this thing is just as good as my iMac 27in screen. It will set you back $710 though.
     
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    Icaras

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    I own only one computer: my 2012 iMac and I couldn't be happier running it as my sole gaming machine. Love the performance on this beast. :cool:
     
  8. macrumors 68040

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    Wait for the 780M experience and maybe they will put 4Gb vRam. And in meantime mavericks will be out soon with support for OpenGL 4.1
     

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