Crossover or PC ?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 25, 2009
Hey dudes i really want to play left 4 dead but i surely need a new computer,

even a new Imac og a pc with these minimum specs

Processor: Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista ( perhaps crossover could do it ? )
Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with Shader model 3.0. NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better
Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

I already have a White Macbook ( the version before the aluminum with sucky grafics cards and yeah,, its only good for working on it. and runs Starcraft broodwar, diablo 2 and warcraft 3 perfect. but i want more action !

I already got a macbook to work on with PS and LR ( Adobe products )and mac office pack for students, but i want to game more, i am gaming the Blizzard games i said before on my macbook..

so what is best to purchase.

a new Pc with Windows
or the new iMac with crossover / Bootcamp.

i think iMac just for now becuase with screen, keyboard and mouse and speakers it will almost run op to the same price as an iMac..

Please help me Gamer Geniuses :confused:


macrumors 68000
Aug 5, 2007
Slovenia, EU
The best thing to purchase is a PC for gaming.

A simple config:
- AMD Athlon II X4 260
- 4 GB RAM (however RAM is very expensive now, where I live)
- 500 GB HDD
- Radeon 4670 or even better a Radeon 4770
- Windows 7 Home


macrumors member
Sep 14, 2009
if you are only going to game, then obviously the PC. If you are also going do general stuff (web,photoshop, etc....) then get the mac.


macrumors regular
Mar 12, 2008
Crossover is a crapshoot. I have used it (or wine) to run various games over the last couple years. To be honest, the performance of games through Crossover on my MP (ATI 4870, 4G memory, raid 0) is pretty good. For example Neverwinter Nights 2 runs better with the PC version through Crossover then the native mac port does and the new Wolfenstein game runs great through Crossover. But then there are disappointments, Dragon Age Orgins runs but I get graphic glitches and shadow problems w/ my ATI card, The Witcher runs good but again w/ graphics glitches. So I keep a windows partition just for games I can't get to work through Crossover or wine. I usually install my games patch them up (no-cd them) on windows, boot into OS X, try to install via Crossover and then actually copy the completed patched version into the install location on OS X. Then start tweaking to get the game to run right... usually some ini file and setting up direct3d through regedit on Crossover. Sometimes I have great success and sometimes not.

Lately a lot of time has been spent booted into windows playing Dragon Age... adding a bootcamp partition will cost you unless you have a retail version laying around...

I am not a real fan of all-in-one computers for a few reasons. If something breaks the whole computer is down... I can't upgrade video cards (I have upgraded my video card in my MP twice)... no internal expansion for hard drives etc...I don't like stacks of hard drives and cables laying around.

Believe it or not, if I was to do it again, I would have a Mac-mini for regular computing sitting on top of a custom gaming rig running windows with periphs running through A/B switches. It's either that or build a Hackintosh (imo is a pita to maintain OS X on a Hack though).

Just get what you think will serve you best. I got to admit, the new iMac is really nice nice rig right now... and all the PC's I look at are clunkers. The new win7 however (after switching from Vista on my MP bootcamp and on my son's game rig to 7 Ultimate 64bit) is hands down better then anything MS has put out in years (but not worth their asking retail price). Ok rambled enough.
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