Mac Pro or iMac for WoW?

Discussion in 'Games' started by Demon Hunter, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    I'm trying to configure a new system, and WoW performance is important to me. I'm debating between the 24" iMac and a mac pro. Does the game take advantage of the two dual-core processors? Would I see any benefit from upgrading to 3.0GHz from 2.66GHz? Or is 2.0GHz sufficient?

    I also plan on doing video, photography, Photoshop, etc. Nothing intensive yet, but I want the system to last 5 years or more (if possible).

    Here is what I have so far (I will upgrade the graphics later):

    Two 3.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    2GB (4 x 512MB)
    160GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (single-link DVI/dual-link DVI)
    Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)

    $4,115.00

    Two 2.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    2GB (4 x 512MB)
    160GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (single-link DVI/dual-link DVI)
    Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)

    $3,127.00

    2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    250GB Serial ATA Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB SDRAM
    24-inch widescreen LCD

    $2,395.00

    Thanks!
     
  2. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    I would suggest going 4 GB if you want the next 5 years proofed.
     
  3. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's pricey... I'd have to get 8 x 512MB... but then 4 x 1GB looks attractive.
     
  4. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    For the love of god dont buy an iMac over a Mac Pro, the imac looks nicer and cleaner but you would need the power of the Mac Pro. I would also recommend you change the video card to the ATI modle.
     
  5. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    is $800-$1,800 worth it for better WoW performance?
     
  6. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    Don't buy an Apple monitor, either. The money you save could go toward something worthwile (say, a bicycle to keep yourself fit after all the time you spend playing WoW)
     
  7. adiosk8 macrumors regular

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    WoW isn't even that intensive of a game, its nothing like a FPS or anything like that, the frame rate is pretty normal. It really just depends on your resolution...thats whats going to "slow" it down...but crappy geforce 6 series card handle WoW fine
     
  8. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    True but if someone can afford the better mac they should get it, he might get doom or half-life 2. He can play it in bootcamp for example. Its always to go with the most powerful mac you can afford.
     
  9. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Honestly the 24" iMac with the 7600GT WILL be better in gaming than a Mac Pro with a 7300GT.

    If you are to get a Mac Pro, get a model with 2GB (4x512MB for best results), 2.66ghz processor, at least 250GB and of course the X1900XT.

    Then again a Mac Pro with a 7300GT and some overclocking will be more than enough for WoW...

    Hmm, I say get a Dell 2407FPW for 679$, Mac Pro 2.66ghz, 1GB, X1900XT for 2748$, get another GB of RAM (make sure you get 2 512MB sticks) for about 200$ but NOT from Apple (higher price) and you are set for around 3626$ with an extremely kickass computer (in games it will be considerable faster than the iMac, A LOT LOT faster) a sweet 24" Display you can use with any computer you like (unlike the iMac's built in display) and plenty of room to upgrade (GPU, RAM and CPU are easily upgradeable unlike iMac).

    Then again for 3626$ you can get a 20" iMac and still have about 2000$ left for the 24 incher (monitor) and a Gaming PC (which if you know how to shop for components at 1400$ it will be better than a fully loaded 24" iMac) or a 17" iMac for 1200$, a Dell 2407FPW for 679$ and the remaining money (about 1800$) for a Gaming PC that will probably end up performing better than the 3626 Mac Pro configured above...

    Its your choice...

    Choices, Choices...

    P.D: Do keep in mind that for Gaming PC prices I'm talking about prices when you build your own computer, as in shopping from all parts separately and then assembling it yourself (which is very very easy, a 10 year old could do it with some precise instructions).
     
  10. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks a lot for the advice! :)
     
  11. Imidazole macrumors regular

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    Yep, he's correct. Get the 23" with the 7600, you'll be VERY pleased.

    I would have gotten one, but I want portability, so I got the C2D MPB 15". It'll do well, but not quite as good as that 7600.
     
  12. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Well if you still want to build your own Gaming PC and get an iMac alongside it (you know for the Mac experience and an additional comp for a small LAN :))

    Go Ahead...

    2.40ghz 4MB Cache Core 2 Duo (Conroe 1066mhz bus), 2GB DDR667 RAM, X1950XTX videocard, Asus P5B Deluxe (with Wi-Fi :)) OEM, the same 250GB Seagate that comes on some Mac Pros, a Fortron source 550W Dual 12V PSU and Antec Performance P180 case and of course the star of the show, a Samsung 244t-BK with regular DVI and VGA inputs but it also comes with S-Video, Composite and Component connectors. And all for 2227.92 (minus shipping of course). Of course there are still some things missing like an optical drive, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc but thats really something you should choose based on your needs.

    Just something to think about... especially if videogames are your primary concern, you can still get a cheap iMac if you need OSX for any reasons, you can even get a Mac Mini, connect it to the Samsung (simultaneously with the PC, one can use DVI and the other VGA) and make the transition between OSX and Windows XP seamlessly (press of a button).
     

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