Need some help on which Imac to get.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Reaver, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Reaver macrumors 6502

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    I will be getting a iMac soon. right now I will be getting this for everyone to use in the house and was wondering if the 20" Imac with 128 vidram (or if I need the 256mb version) will play WoW as my little brother has gotten into playing WoW on my MBP.

    this will be for surfing the web and playing WoW and some home office stuff.
     
  2. valdore macrumors 65816

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    I have a 20" Core 2 Duo with 128 MB VRAM and it plays World of Warcraft fine. I stopped playing it before the multi-threaded OpenGL patch was released so you can expect your results to be better than mine, for me at the iMacs native 1680x1050 I was getting around 60 FPS outside and 150+ FPS inside with everything nearly on full. I tweaked the settings a bit and can't remember what I settled on. Anywho go for it you'll be happy with the WoW performance.
     
  4. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    You may want to consider the 24" for some future proofing. Those come with removeable GPUs.
     
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    The extra 128K of VRAM helps very little with games.
     
  6. Reaver thread starter macrumors 6502

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    keep in mind this is for my little brother who is almost 18 and keeps using my MBP for his WoW gaming, I dont mind him using my MBP for his gaming but I think he should have his own so when I take my MBP with me somewhere he has his own to use. and the 24 inch is out of the question I am not paying that much so he can have a bigger screen than me and better graphics :D .
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The standard 20" iMac (with 128MB of VRAM) would work great for your brother Reaver. :)
     
  8. Reaver thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks everyone for the reply I will be taking him to get it tomorrow.
     
  9. T-Stex macrumors 6502

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    I think you'd be just fine if you bought the 20" iMac with 128MB VRAM. However, keep in mind that the VRAM is one of the parts of the iMac that you will not be able to replace in the future, if another game requires more.
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Glad to hear that you were able to make up your mind Reaver, I hope that your brother enjoys his new iMac! :) :)
     
  11. Jht macrumors member

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    My mini, with 512 ram and gma graphics, plays wow, albeit with everything on low, but it plays it
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The only thing really holding your Mac Mini back is it's GMA950 graphics, having a dedicated GPU (such as the ATI Radeon X1600) can make a world of difference when it comes to gaming. :)
     

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