base imac ok for gaming?

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  1. frocco macrumors 6502

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  3. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know, but is the HP and mini combo better than getting an iMac?

    Also is the base i7 with 1gig GPU ok or do I need the 2gig option?
     
  4. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

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    The 1GB is alright. Honestly though, if your buying a Mac for the sole purpose of gaming, just look into an alienware.

    I mean I just looked into the computer and it looks pretty good for gaming. If you have no intention of upgrading your computer in the future, stay with the HP.
     
  5. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I like to game once in a while, but I also program and do other things.

    I read that the 2gig video card is not worth it.

    I also see posts of screen issues with the iMac.

    I used to have a mac, so I also have programs I purchased.

    I hate to spend over 2 grand, and am looking at the mini also.
     
  6. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    I can’t say specifically for Black Ops but the iMac listed in my sig can run Portal, Portal 2, and Team Fortress 2 at highest settings without any problem. I haven’t had a chance to test it with any other games yet but that’s a pretty good sign if you ask me lol.
     
  7. 4zuresky macrumors member

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    I went to the apple store and got my base 21.5" i5 iMac and the guy asked me what I am doing the computer with. I said gaming, web surfing, watching videos and homework. The expert said, "To be honest.. there isn't much a difference between the HD 6750 and the HD 6770 graphic cards and the processor is only a LITTLE bit faster. I didn't regret getting the lower model since I can play CSS at like 150-230 fps (with casey's config) :D I also got applecare since I had a student discount on everything :)
     
  8. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Get this:

    http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-iMac/product~dpno~8811819~pdp.gididgg

    Top of the line 2010 i7 model will place most games and no where near $2000 ($1499). Will run Windows under Bootcamp and OS X. Best of both worlds. The AMD 5750 GPU is very nice. Note as nice as the GPU in the 2011 but fine for most games. Will crush the mini. I just got mine 2 weeks ago and it's great.

    Cheers,
     
  9. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What about if I got this?

    Mac Mini
    2.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive
    Magic Trackpad
    Apple Wireless Keyboard
    Total 1320.00

    h8xt series
    Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit] edit
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 quad-core processor with Turbo-Boost [up to 3.8GHz, 8MB cache] edit
    Memory 9GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] edit
    Hard drive 2TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive edit
    Office software No additional office software edit
    Security software SAVE $30 on Norton Internet Security(TM) 2011 - 15 month edit
    Graphics card 1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 [2 DVI, HDMI, VGA adpt] edit
    Power Supply 600W Power supply edit
    Primary optical drive SuperMulti DVD Burner edit
    Networking Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R ) (2x2) edit
    Productivity ports 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB 2.0 (front), audio, 2 USB (top rear-facing) edit
    TV & entertainment experience TV tuner, ATSC-NTSC with PVR, remote edit
    Sound Card Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound edit
    Keyboard and Mouse Premium HP keyboard and optical mouse edit
    Your additional options:
    Click edit to modify. NOTE: These items are in stock and will ship immediately.
    Monitor HP 2311x 23-inch LED Monitor
    Total 1709.00
     
  10. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to play a large variety of games I would strongly advise you going with a windows tower for upgrade ability. The iMac is ok but the GPU isn't as good as you could get in a real desktop tower system. Also if you can assemble the parts yourself or ask a friend to help... it'll save you lots and lots of cash and will allow you to swap out individual parts as the need arises instead of buying a new computer.
     
  11. macstein macrumors newbie

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    My Macbook Air runs TF2, COD etc all at maxed out settings. Unless you plan to play Crysis on Max then any iMac is fine.
     
  12. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    The 1gb option is more than enough for most purposes :)
     
  13. And1ss macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you are looking to play your games at ultra, the options you mentioned are fine.
     
  14. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So your saying it is better to get the iMac with the nicer screen than get a pc & mac mini?

    I will be using osx more than windows 7
     
  15. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    If you want power, which you seem to, the iMac will give you much more bang for your buck than a PC will and with a significantly nicer screen. The GPU is stronger, you can put more RAM in (really easy and cheap) and it will run just about anything you throw at it.

    Plus, while you can’t upgrade easily yourself as you can with a PC, iMac’s are easier to upgrade in than minis in general. If say you brought it into an apple retailer you could get them to put an SSD in for you among other things.

    As I said above though, I have the top end 21.5” with an upgrade to the i7 and an extra 4GB of RAM (8 total) and it games great with high settings. I would highly suggest it.
     
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    IMO, get a mac mini and an Xbox 360.

    Problem solved, mac OS and ALL the games you want.
     
  17. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Assuming you want/like console games. I personally prefer RTS games with a mouse and a keyboard. I own a PS3 but it's mainly for movies. For some of us the iMac is the way to go. Nice combo for when you don't have access to that dedicated gaming rig.

    Cheers,
     
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    Thanks

    I guess I need to decide on the 21.5 or 27". Would it be a waste to update the gpu to 2gig?

    On the 27", most I can go is 2tb drive.
     
  19. natecrowe macrumors newbie

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    iMac is more than fine

    I am a big gamer, but as of the last few years with school and real life, I have had less time. I now plan more casually and prefer to have a mac any day than a pc and have been this way for the past 5 years. I just bought the new iMac base model and upgraded the ram. I am right now playing Witcher 2 just fine, Crysis 2 on high, and Deus Ex on mid high with no problems at all. Those are games than prove power to run as well. I just looked at the AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB benchmarks on line and decided it would work just fine. Can't beat the display either and as always having best of both worlds running OSX Lion and Windows 7 pro.
     
  20. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just pulled the trigger on the 27" iMac i7.
    Now I am shaking at the money I spent.:)
     
  21. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    Enjoy it :)

    Did you get the 1gb option or the 2gb option?
     
  22. Snowguy macrumors member

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    I have a mid 2007 2.4GHz C2D 20" iMac with 4GB RAM and the Radeon HD 2600 Pro card with 256MB...

    It runs games quite well. I'd imagine any new iMac would run games just fine.
     
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    I got the 2gig option. When your spending that much, I figured why not. Might be eaiser to sell later on. Wanted a base mac pro, but got tired of waiting and would not get the nicer screen.
     

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