iMac or MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pmastafunk, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. pmastafunk macrumors newbie

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    After a long run with my emac I decided to get a new mac. I want it mostly for gaming. Question is, would a 20" iMac 2.0 w/ 2gigs of ram be much of a drop off in gaming performance than a 2.16 MBP w/ 2 gigs of ram. And would it be worth it to upgrade the card to 256? Thanks for all help!
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    For gaming I'd go with the 20" iMac 2.0 Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, and 256 video ram over a MBP. You get a bigger screen and it's cheaper I think... the. .16 speed increase will be less noticeable than the enlarged screen space.
     
  3. Chasealicious macrumors member

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    Get the iMac. The performance difference based on the processor will be miniscule; however, the faster hard drive in the iMac will help you with load times. If you're looking for graphics performance, the 256 VRAM upgrade is definitely worth the money - especially considering that you won't have the option to upgrade later.

    The MBPs still have too many performance/build quality issues to rely on as a main machine. If you don't need portability, the iMac wins easily - especially when you look at the pricetag.
     
  4. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    laptops tend to get hot after a period of usage so for gaming, i would recomend iMac.
     
  5. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    a PC would be an ulitmate gaming machine with a cheaper price. no idea why you choose a mac. :confused: what games are there for Macs?
     
  6. Chasealicious macrumors member

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    Well, frankly, the tables have turned on that question. Now, your standard wintel box is the one-trick pony of the computing world. Grab an Apple machine and you can run any and all games, native to Mac or PC. Grab a PC and you...well...can't.

    If you want a computer, you want a Mac. If you want a gaming machine, you want a Nintendo. Why some people choose to game on a PC, I don't know - either way, simply load a copy of Windows onto your Intel iMac and you've got the largest game catalog on the planet - bigger, in fact, than the library for any Dell or AlienWare P (piece) C (of crap.)
     
  7. ironic23 macrumors 6502

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    I'd get the iMac if portability wasn't an issue. The 20" display would be nice and i don't think that .16GHz difference would be too noticable. But if you need portability, get the MBp, definitely. It's an awesome machine.
     
  8. pmastafunk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am going with mac because my family has always used macs and am used to their ease of use. It looks like I will be going for the upgraded iMac, but do you think the 250 hard drive is ample? I do the occasional 5 minute movies, have little database of photos, and only about 1200 songs.

    ***EDIT****
    To run games do I only need windows xp and bootcamp? if so than what is the deal with parallel?
     
  9. zoziw macrumors member

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    For gaming I would take the iMac and the card upgrade.
     
  10. Topono macrumors member

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    I'm sorry if I come off a little too hard on this, but please, NEVER say ''a Nintendo''. You sound like my Grandmother. :p
     
  11. Topono macrumors member

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    Also, I have a quick question. I might buy a MacBook Pro as soon as Merom chips are thrown into it. Now, the only game I plan on playing is World of Warcraft, and maybe HL2. Would a MBP be able to play these games as fast as an iMac? Because right now I am debating between the MacBook Pro, iMac, and Power Mac.
     
  12. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, since the MBPs are more or less an iMac in a notebook shape, yes, they should run fine.

    You could also wait for the Mac Pros, which is what I'm doing (but I'm not looking to buy for another 6 months or so...)
     

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