Which mac best for WoW:

Discussion in 'Games' started by gamerz, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. gamerz macrumors 6502

    gamerz

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    Ok... i have made alot of posts about what comptuer would work for world of warcraft but i decided to get some opions of why i should get them. Here are the ones that i am looking at.

    First up we have for $1099:

    WebID: 10079771
    Mfr. Part Number: MA710LL/A
    Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed 1.83GHz
    RAM 512MB DDR2 (Exp. To 2GB)
    Hard Drive 160GB SATA (7200RPM)
    Optical Drives 24X Combo Drive
    Graphics Card 128MB (shared) Intel GMA 950
    Available Expansion Bays No
    Available Expansion Slots Expansion Through FireWire/USB
    Cache 2MB Shared
    Monitor Included? 17" Widescreen TFT Active Matrix LCD
    Preloaded Operating System MAC OS X v10.4 Tiger

    Next we have for $1199.95

    WebID: 10071145
    Mfr. Part Number: MA199LL/A
    Processor Type Intel Core Duo
    Processor Speed 1.83GHz
    RAM 512MB DDR2 (Exp. To 2GB)
    Hard Drive 160GB SATA 7200RPM
    Optical Drives 8x DL Superdrive
    Graphics Card 128MB ATI RADEON X1600
    Available Expansion Bays None
    Available Expansion Slots Expansion through Firewire/USB
    Cache 2MB Shared
    Disk Drive Floppy Drive Sold Seperately
    Fax/Modem No
    I/O Ports 3USB, 2 FW, 1 DVI, Audio In/Out, 1LAN
    Included Software See The Features Section
    Monitor Included? 17" Widescreen TFT Active-Matrix LCD
    Network Card 1000BaseT, Airport Extreme 54g
    Other Control Devices Apple Remote & Keyboard, Mighty Mouse
    Preloaded Operating System Mac OS X V.10.4 Tiger

    And last we have for $1349.99

    WebID: 10079767
    Mfr. Part Number: MA59LL/A
    Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed 2.0GHz
    RAM 1024MB DDR2 (Exp. To 2GB)
    Hard Drive 160GB SATA (7200RPM)
    Optical Drives 8X Doubl Layer SuperDrive
    Graphics Card 128MB ATI Radeon X1600
    Available Expansion Bays No
    Available Expansion Slots Expansion through Firewire/USB
    Cache 4MB Shared L2
    Disk Drive No
    Fax/Modem No
    I/O Ports See The Features Section
    Included Software See The Features Section
    Monitor Included? Yes
    Network Card See The Features Section
    Other Control Devices Apple Remote & Keyboard, Mighty Mouse
    Preloaded Operating System Mac OS X V10.4 Tiger
    Sound Card Integrated
    Speakers Stereo
    System Bus 667MHz
    Warranty 1 Year Limited

    All im looking for are some opions about which could run world of warcraft well, and which is the best for the buck. Personally im going for the second one becuase its can run WoW well, and its a great price.
     
  2. crazycat macrumors 65816

    crazycat

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    I can run WoW on my friends macbook, i can also run it on my Mac Pro with 6GB of RAM. You can change the settings in WoW so that it can run on slower systems. The better the video card, the more RAM you have and the more GHz you have would be you can run WoW better.
     
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

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    Steer clear of the GMA950. Its that simple if you enjoy gaming. Ati or Nvidia's stuff simply blows aways Intels cheapo graphics.
     
  4. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

    GFLPraxis

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    Either of the bottom two. The bottom is of course the best, but they'll be pretty close in performance.

    The top one, the cheapest, will run it but not very well.
     
  5. gamerz thread starter macrumors 6502

    gamerz

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  6. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    there are benchmarks on the WoW mac forums. You'd probably be better off running WoW under windows xp, but if you don't want to dual boot (totally understandable) you should do fine with either the 2nd or 3rd.

    I used to play WoW on my 17" Powerbook (1.67ghz G4, Radeon 9800, 1GB RAM) and it was manageable, albeit pretty slow.

    You DEFINITELY want at least 1GB RAM in whatever computer you get, preferably 1.5gb+. WoW hogs RAM, even on PCs.

    I don't even know what those model numbers are (iMacs? Macbooks?).

    If I were you, I'd get a Macbook to run WoW when you feel like playing at a friend's place or in class, and upgrade your PC (assuming you have one) to WoW specs, which shouldn't cost you much ($100 video card, $100 on RAM). I ended up playing WoW on my PC because it was at least 2-3x as fast as my Powerbook (2.0ghz Intel P4, 1gb RAM, Radeon 9800), with high settings.
     
  7. gamerz thread starter macrumors 6502

    gamerz

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    Thanks for your input... And yes, those are the new imacs... you think i would be better off getting a standard macbook?
     
  8. JKitterman macrumors member

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    I have the currrent iMac c2d 2Ghz and it runs WoW just fine. I don't know how many FPS
     

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