TWEEKING imac for gaming-HELP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by krazykat, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. krazykat macrumors newbie

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    I'm ready to switch from the PC world to the MAC SIDE and want to secure the right iMac for this 56yr. old mom and her 2 teens. I am very concerned with the GRAPHICS CARD. It really S_ _ _ s!:eek: You just can't upgrade these babies.:mad:

    I am sure it will be fine for WOW, but can I play Oblivian? Checked requirements and not really sure about Elder Scrolls.

    Thought I would get the 17" save some $

    RAM
    2GB

    PROCESSOR
    core 2 dual (great) ok at 2.0 or will bumping to 2.16 help much for +75.00

    HD
    160 (ok) but I may go to 250 for more storage for photos and U can never have too much storage space!

    GRAPHICS CARD
    x1600 128/think this is the PRO \
    or will bumping this awful thing to x1600 256/I think this is the XL and not much dif. then?
    I know x1600 PRO it is equal to a Nividia GeForce 7300GT and x1600XL =
    7600GS, but PLEASE tell me WHY does Apple known for its graphics and cool design not put in a better card. Would it experience melt down-is that it? The 24" maxes out on 7300GT which isn't rated any better than the x1600XL.
    AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE?:confused:

    OK-done venting but just don't want to buy a crapola Dell again and too Lazy to build my own so with that said,:D

    I will def. run Parallels and have the WIN XP PRO software - which means DX9 right? Even if someday I could install VISTA could I then get DX10 or is that a dif. card too? Does it really matter. I mean GGGGEEEEZZZZ technology is a pain to keep up with. I don't care to wait for a new Leopard OS cause I don't like to work out the bugs like in VISTA>ssssllllloooowwwwss the gaming I hear:( Now be kind, I have just learned a bit about a PC and may sound a bit dull witted here) Also sorry I'm on a PC and no spell checker options!OH NO:eek:

    which configuration would be best for me. If I bump it all up I might as well go 20", but honestly $ is an issue.

    and for all else there's master card:p If it wasn't MAXED out:D
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    If you're really looking for a Mac for gaming, I would recommend the Mac Pro, as you can upgrade the GPU to whatever you'd like as they come out. Makes it a lot more expandable in the future as game requirements go up.

    I would also recommend you check out the gaming part of this forum, there are a lot of good reviews of people playing games on their Intel Macs, which may give you a good idea of what your Mac could or could not do.
     
  3. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

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    Well actually the card in the iMac is a Mobility Radeon X1600 clocked at 400/400. Same goes for the GeForce 7600GT, which is actually a GeForce Go 7600GT.
     
  4. krazykat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OH-I actually wasn't looking at the right cards! I just now realize these are integrated and not discrete. DUH!

    http://www.tgdaily.com/2007/03/08/gdc2007_intel_g965_integratedgraphics/

    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2942

    This helps, but dosen't make me feel much better as the graphics card still SUXs!

    I can't afford a MAC PRO!:eek:
     

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