17" Intel iMac good for games???

Discussion in 'Games' started by Bussta, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. Bussta macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2006
    I know there have been lots of posts recently about PC games running on macs. I am currently considering upgrading my ibook to an iMac.

    On Paper the differences once upgraded between the 17" & 20" iMacs don't seem to be be too much, other than the screen size. I personally think the 17" screen looks better as the larger 20" model looks like a toy for people with bad eyesight, something you would see in a special needs hospital, shoot me down, I'm just kidding, but it does look a bit mongy compared to the more subtle 17" (personal opinon)

    What I am really getting to is asking if I would notice thaty much of a difference if I got the 17" and wacked in 2gig ram & upped the HDD. Would the extra .17 ghz make any difference aswell as the 256Mb graphics compared to the 128 on the 17"?

    I can't wait to get playing Battlefield 2, and if this runs as well as it does on a PC on the 'beefed up' 17" Imac then I will be happy as Larry.

    Any opinions?, I mean I could afford the 20", but I just think it is a bit too big and spoils the nice subtle design of the imacs.
  2. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    The real defining factor here is resolution, 170mhz and 128mb extra VRAM (which is kinda useless on a X1600) won't do you any good as you'll need to run games at 1600x1200 on the 20" iMac as opposed to 1280x1024 on the 17", sure you can run lower resolution, but native looks the damn best :) So yeah, just get the 17".

    As for your topic title question, yes iMacs are good enough for games but the X1600 will be outdated fast, just be prepared to drop down resolution and settings as time goes on.
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    I would start with the 256 GPU iMac and work down, because the games that are out now and the ones to come will make much better use of 256 graphics then a 128 gpu plus you can upgrade your ram later. So I would start with a 256iMac and go with say 1 gig of ram and perhaps the stock drive. Everything can be upgraded but the GPU so get as much as you can now, upgrade other stuff down the road. Also iMac is due for a major upgrade in the next month or so.
  4. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    BF2 runs fine on my MacBook Pro, with 128 megs of vram. Buy the 17" I only have 512 ram and it runs everything.
  5. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    The truth is, 256MB are not an advantage for a slow card like the X1600, its just a marketing gimmick, sure you get "theoretical" better performance at higher resolutions... resolutions the X1600 wouldn't even dream of running games properly in, the X1600 is not fast enough to take advantage of 256MB RAM. Not to mention the fact that at 20" the iMac will have a native res of 1600x1200... the X1600 is not a 1600x1200 gaming card but it will rock at 1280x1024, 1280x1024 will look really sharp on the 17" iMac but it will look a bit fuzzy on the 20" iMac.

    But yeah I would wait for the update, I'm guessing iMac will get Conroe and maybe all-around upgrade, maybe 1GB standard, better graphics card, etc...
  6. atmenterprises macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    I ran Quake 4 on my Intel iMac with 1 GB of RAM and it ran pretty well. I'm running Civ4 on it right now with 2 GB of RAM and, after the patches from Aspyr, it runs smoothly up until about 1800 AD before I start noticing lag.
  7. Compatiblepoker macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2006
    Jacksonville Beach
    That's exactly what I have the bigger monitor. Im as blind as a bat. Got tired of squinting.:eek:
  8. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    my friend runs HL2 pretty good with a stock 17", he does it with bootcamp not virtualization stuff. Just the gfx card is so hurting it almost causes me pain... maybe with the memrons they will be better?
  9. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2003
    Aren't the graphics cards in the iMacs severely underclocked? And isn't there a utility that lets you "overclock" them to standard settings? I think this would help a lot.
  10. maconservative macrumors regular


    May 1, 2006
    Republic of Texas
    I have the 17" Intel iMac 1.83 Core Duo with 1GB RAM and 128 MB ATI X1600. I loaded Boot Camp and Winblows XP Home:( . Battlefield 2 runs AWESOME on this configuration. Even better than my old peecee which was built for gaming. Next up is Half-Life 2.

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