Moving from windows to Mac ... Maybe

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  1. hoppy02 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys

    Windows user here thinking of changing over to Mac. Am looking at the G5 1.8GHz but just want to know one thing.

    I play alot of games on my PC, now i would be looking at replacing my PC with the G5 and using some of the comon parts like RAM and Graphics card from my PC in the G5.

    How well would vertual PC (win XP) run on the G5 ? Would I be able to play the game on virtual PC at all ? I mostly play Dark Age of Camelot....

    Also when you purchase the G5 does a monitor come bundled ? or is that an added cost ?

    shvanks.. :rolleyes:
     
  2. risc macrumors 68030

    risc

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    Virtual PC sucks for gaming. Your PCs RAM may or may not work in the G5, your video card wont. http://insidemacgames.com/ is a good site for info about gaming on OS X. I have a Power Mac dual G5 1.8 GHz with an ATI Radeon 9800 XT it works great for the games I play, at the moment that is mainly WoW.

    No Power Macs don't come with monitors, http://apple.com/ has pricing for Apple displays, but you can use any monitor you wish.

    HTH
     
  3. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

    Blackheart

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    If you play a lot of games, don't buy a Mac. It's just not for you. The RAM that you have might be compatible depending on the size and whether it's dual channel or not. Graphics cards are not the same between architectures so you would have to blow more money on another card.

    It will run horribly. Do not let anyone lead you to believe that you will be able to run games on a Mac through Virtual PC. VPC doesn't have native use of the video card; as far as I know, the video card is emulated through the CPU.

    Display is an added cost.
     
  4. lmalave macrumors 68000

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    Hi, Virtual PC really isn't suitable for playing games, especially 3D-rendered ones. It's OK for running productivity apps like Microsoft Access and Visio.

    If you play lots of games you should be aware that the selection of games is much smaller for the Mac than for the PC. There are a few great games available for the Mac, though - for example I greatly enjoyed playing World of Warcraft recently (and that was on my PowerBook G4). But in general it's fair to say that most PC games are just never ported to the Mac, though a fair number of the most popular ones eventually are...

    And to answer your second question - the G5 does not include a monitor.
     
  5. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    For the graphics card, it depends on what kind of graphics card you have. You can flash the BIOS of some PC cards to work with the Mac. Google it.
     

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