For boot camp gaming, which windows OS to use?

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  1. nick1516 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm probably going to pick up one of the new macbook pro 13" with the 2.53 gHZ processor, and my main game I will play is going to be call of duty 4-6, which OS will be better to game with under boot camp, XP, Vista, or wait for Windows 7?
     
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    At minimum Vista. Since W7 is basically an upgrade to Vista, they should work. Many games have been tested with the W7 beta versions and they work.
     
  4. nick1516 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I guess I'll just have to wait for w7 to start gaming, does anybody know the release date?
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd try out RC 1 today. It's free and the downloader is intelligent enough.
     
  6. idono1301 macrumors newbie

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    yea i was using windows xp 32-bit, but that had slow performance.

    so i now use windows 7 64-bit.. use your vista 64-bit drivers, then update on the internet(nvidia)
     
  7. Beaverfish macrumors regular

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    Surely Windows Xp would be best 4 gaming, because it's less of a RAM hog than vista ?
     
  8. Dagless macrumors Core

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    It depends on your specs, OP. I wouldn't be so quick to say you should jump to Windows 7 - it's beta software after all and XP will still be the better option for older hardware.

    For stability I'm going to side with Windows XP now, and jump to Windows 7 once it has been officially released and has the usual slew of updates.
     
  9. redraidermacman macrumors regular

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    windows 7RC is pretty stable, i play all of my games on it and its better than vista and xp, and its free until june of next year....so i would think that would be the way to go...
     
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    I strongly recommend XP.

    The reason I switched to Mac was because of Vista... your mileage may vary.
     
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  12. nick1516 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well, I don't have the laptop yet, but its just going to be the new stock 2.53 ghz 13" MBP
     
  13. windywoo macrumors 6502a

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    How much RAM does your machine have and what games will you be running? Vista will run fine and maybe even better than XP on 2GB of RAM, providing your game isn't a real resource hog. Any Half Life 2 based game should run fine with 2GB of RAM for example.

    1GB of RAM or below and I would use XP.

    Hmmmm just reread your post. Wait for 7. Cal of Duty 4 isn't too demanding of hardware either.
     
  14. nick1516 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    one last question for you mac gurus:D will that laptop even run those games smoothly without using low details because of the integrated graphics card, because if not, there is no reason for me to pay several hundred dollars more for the processor boost.
     
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    MBP's don't have integrated graphics, they have nvidia cards, not that GMA crap.

    MB's do.

    Expect to be playing on medium settings rather comfortably :)
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The MacBook, Macbook Pro 13", and MacBook Pro 15" base model all have the integrated 9400M G.
     
  17. fcamilleri macrumors member

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    oh and as far as windows OS'es...

    Depending on your stance on piracy, I found it best to use one of the hacked XP's (Performance Edition, Barebones, Max, etc.)

    They usually, depending on the one that you get run on a lot less resources than windows 2000.

    Yes. 2000. Not Xp. 2000.

    Of course, more system resources means better gaming performance.

    Otherwise, Windows 7 Beta is good
     
  18. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and it's a matter of time before most game developers will also not support it.
     
  19. nick1516 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I think I'm going to go with what somebody else suggested and get the windows 7 64-bit, but has anybody tried these games through bootcamp yet and seen if they run smoothly on med/high settings on this laptop?
     
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    Windows XP is supported untill 2014, and with the smallest footprint it is still the best windows OS for games I think.
     
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    Don't say silly things. Most of the new games I purchase can be ran on Windows 2000. Do you have any links to read this or any evidence to support this claim or are you just saying random things on a forum?
     
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A few games that "require" Windows XP only check for the version number. :rolleyes:

    They'll run fine under Windows 2000.
     
  23. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    You better check beforehand if the GPU can handle this game at a for you reasonable resolution and detail quality. Unlike the upper 15" and the 17" MBPs, the 13" doesn't have a discrete GPU. As for the OS, I would say XP as DX10 is not an option on the 9400M. If you have to go 64bit, then Vista of course.

    As games move along, you still might quickly discover you should have opted for the discrete GPU..
     
  24. nick1516 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there really that big of a difference because the price is $500 more, and how could you check that beforehand, because if I can't at least run those games, I would probably be better off getting the macbook and using the $500 towards buying a desktop or building a gaming computer.
     
  25. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Refurbished 15" MacBook Pros are were it's at right now. The 9600M GT is twice to three times faster than the 9400M G.

    The 2.53 GHz with 4 GB of RAM model falls in at $1449 if it's still available.
     

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