Gaming on iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tears2040, May 31, 2014.

  1. tears2040 macrumors 6502

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    I've decided to see if I can install Windows on my 2012 top of the line iMac so I can play some PC GAMES.

    BF4, Watch Dogs, etc.

    Can anyone guide me to the correct links/forums I need to do this?

    Thanks A lot
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Yes, install windows via bootcamp.

    And your iMac's performance should be good enough for most of the game.
     
  3. tears2040 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot, should I buy Windows 7 or 8?

    I haven't been on a windows platform in easily 10+ years
     
  4. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

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    If you haven't used Windows in a long time, I personally think that Windows 8 is more similar to OSX. It is almost 100% personal preference, as the system will run about the same.

    Matt
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Unless there is a very specific reason (e.g. no driver support). Always go for the new one. It's more future proof.
     
  6. Mac32 macrumors 65816

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    Well, in theory yes. But in my experience some of my favourite games and applications didn't work in Windows 8. I could use them in compatibility mode, but that introduced new serious issues.
    For instance, D3DOverrider won't work properly, which is a big deal to me.

    Some people say that Windows 8 offers smoother gaming performance whan Windows 7, but I've yet to see some proper benchmarks/videos proving this claim.
     
  7. kitsunestudios macrumors regular

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    One advantage with Windows 8 is price. You can buy a new full version of Windows 8.1 Home or Pro retail for the same price as the OEM versions of Windows 7.

    The OEM version remains locked to the machine you installed it on: If you sell your Mac, you can transfer the windows licence to the person you sell it to, but you can't keep it and reinstall it on a new computer. With Windows 8, you can sell it with the machine or transfer it to a new Mac.*

    *With a little hoop-jumping due to Microsoft DRM. Legal, but annoying.
     

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