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GonzoRob

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Well, ater months of using a humble 12" powerbook as my only computer the lack of PPC games and poor frames-per-second has finally got the better of me..
I've decided to spend some cash i've saved up ... but on what ?

Options are:

1) buy a macbook pro - hope windows can be installed on it, or (more likely) help out with the winex devlopement (with figers crossed that Source might work)
I cant help but feel that winex games will never run with huge fps in Darwin (similar to linux at best ) and 'net gen' games such as Quake Wars will probably not run at all..

or

2) buy a PC and use a KVM switch to jump from my main OS (OSX on my Powerbook) to windows.


What would you guys do ?

Rob

PS: portability isnt really an issue - my PB12" would do ...
 

0098386

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Get a PC. it's always going to be the easiest option than messing around with dual booting windows. I'd say forget the dual boot option for a long time. It's going to be ages until they get the working perfectly.

just for gaming, mind you :) *I'm planning on something similar*
 

pknz

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Re: kernel panics

Game consoles.

PS2, Xbob, Xbob 360, PS3, PSP, DS, Gamcube, N64, N-Gage etc
 

wangahrah

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Unless you prefer consoles, which I certainly don't, build a PC. It'll blow framerates of any mac out of the water, and you can use your mac for everything the rest of the time. I'm workin on putting together my own system...for around $800 you can build a fairly amazing system.

Be careful with KVMs. Make sure it has USB for your mac, and most have ps/2 inputs for mouse and keyboards. I got one for about $25 on newegg that works well with ps/2 keyboard/trackball.
 

reberto

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Build a PC. And when you do, go AMD. They are the BEST for gaming. I highly recomend the Opteron server processor. I have one and it is AWESOME! It is basically an Athlon 64 with a 1 meg L2 cache and can be overclocked to 3ghz on stock cooling. Just don't fry the CPU, you will void the warrenty if you don't use it in a server but it is worth it.
 

greatdevourer

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Get a PC with an Opteron 165/170 and OC it (not to 3Ghz, though - 2 cores at 3Ghz blows almost instantly)
 

GonzoRob

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right, a PC it is then !

thanks for all the help.
I was thinking about getting a shuttle (SN25p) ATI X1800 or x1900 a 4600+ AMD duel core and 2 gig of ram .. should be quite a good gaming rig...

Does anyone have any advice on which make of KVM switch I should buy?
I bought one a few years back and its rubbish (it gets confused really easily)

R
 

Piarco

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I had a similar dilemma around late Sept early Oct, and decided to start builing a new gaming PC. Got the case (Chieftec Dragon Mini), SLi Mobo, opticals, modular SLi compliant PSU, one of two planned HDD's, most of the cooling solution, UV wrapped all cables and installed 2 4" UV lights. All I need then are the drop-ins... CPU (AMD64. Possibly dual core), 2GB memory, and 2x7800GT/GTX's. Plus the final high capacity HDD.

The I heard a lot more about the 360 and did some research. I was impressed by the specs enough to give it a go... particularly as it was about a 5th of the cost of the total computer build.

Since my 360 has arrived my PB build has stalled. I've got use to the console controller a lot quicker than I ever thought I would, and for the time being, I'm not planning on carrying on the build. When 7800GT's are around £150, I may finish it - but for the time being I'm a console convert. And coming from a hardcore PC gamer thats something I thought I'd never say!

Just a thought for you...
 

GonzoRob

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i agree the 360 does look like value for money. I tried to convert to consoles not long ago (bought a xbox and chipped it ) however, as a first-person-shooter fiend, nothing can beat a key/b and mouse. Also, the next gen consoles really need a TV that can do 720i to see the improvement, which my tv cant hack :)

Thinking about it, if the 360 could output at standard pc resolutions (1280x1024 etc) I'd buy one in a shot ..

Dont get me wrong, I love having a few beers with mates and having a bash on the console.. but online fps's are usually done on your own and require massive detail etc

R
 

robo74

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I was faced with a similar decesion last week. I sold my iMac G5 with hopes to get something a bit better for games. My daughter has the Xbox and PS2 thing wrapped up, and those things just never excited me. So I forced with the decesion of the intel macs or PC builds. After much reading on pc gamers forums and such, I came to the decesion of the PC, it just has too many advantages. So I purchased a 1.5 mac mini for my web/email/backup stuff and just ordered the parts for the makings of a PC. Its going to be nice to be able to go to a "game night" with my buddies and actually keep up. And now I can even go when they play games that are only on windows.

I still hold my hopes up tho that the intel macs will get more companies to make software for them and that they will actually be real good for games some day.
Been a mac switcher since 1999.. it was a real tough decesion :confused:


Good luck
Rob O
 

0098386

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Don't go for AMD though. There's a reason why Apple went with Intel. Intel is just bursting with quality and power (In my typing rush I wrote 'amd' instead of 'and' ;) ). Seriously there are too many bad stories about AMD over heating, crappy motherboards, bad performance with wrong configs etc. They cost more but Intel are the quality choice.
 

greatdevourer

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Don't go for AMD though. There's a reason why Apple went with Intel. Intel is just bursting with quality and power (In my typing rush I wrote 'amd' instead of 'and' ;) ). Seriously there are too many bad stories about AMD over heating, crappy motherboards, bad performance with wrong configs etc. They cost more but Intel are the quality choice.
Odd, because all the experiences of myself and people I know are the other way round. As far as I remember, the reason for Intel over AMD is partly because of brand-name (everyone knows "Intel Inside", but almost no-one knows of AMD) and partly because of supply problems (AMD lack in this area)
 

TheGimp

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I say buy a 360 now and milk it for all it's worth. While it doesn't have many smashing titles, the half dozen or so (more if you count sports) it does have now combined with the *few* amazing looking titles to come out in the next several months as well as with the handful of amazingly fun and inexpensive xbox live arcade titles, should hold you over for at least ~9 months if multiplayer gameplay is factored in.

After that, you can sell the 360 (or keep it if its game library turns out to be spectacular) and its games/accessories for a few hundred bucks, add that money to that which you've been saving, and finally get a then-current killer PC rig. There has been much advice on the web to wait a while longer before investing in a gaming PC, as a few groundbreaking technologies are about to be released, which unfortunately I can't recall right now but impressed be when I first read about them. (may have something to do with dual 3D video card support, or maybe something specific to the CPU or bus)

Regarding what someone said above about the 360 not displaying at "standard resolutions such as 1280x1024", I believe you are incorrect. I've read several accounts of people choosing that resolu(i.e. getting an effective 1280x720 with approximately 150 lines worth of letterbox on both top and bottom) on their non-widescreen computer CRTs and LCDs.
 

Capt Underpants

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raggedjimmi said:
Don't go for AMD though. There's a reason why Apple went with Intel. Intel is just bursting with quality and power (In my typing rush I wrote 'amd' instead of 'and' ;) ). Seriously there are too many bad stories about AMD over heating, crappy motherboards, bad performance with wrong configs etc. They cost more but Intel are the quality choice.
AMD definitely outpowers Intel for the buck, and even on the top end. AMD still rules the gaming arena, though that could soon change. The AMD Athlon X2 runs cooler than Dual core prntiums, so I don't know where you are hearing stories of them overheating. Check tomshardware.com
 

reberto

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GonzoRob said:
right, a PC it is then !

thanks for all the help.
I was thinking about getting a shuttle (SN25p) ATI X1800 or x1900 a 4600+ AMD duel core and 2 gig of ram .. should be quite a good gaming rig...

Does anyone have any advice on which make of KVM switch I should buy?
I bought one a few years back and its rubbish (it gets confused really easily)

R
Don't get an ATI card. In tests, they are slower than the 7800GTX. And also, if you get a single core opteron, you can go to 3 ghz but don't try it with a low end dual core opteron, you'll kill it (unless you want to vapor cool it.....)
 

GonzoRob

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i've never really been an intel fan.. simply because of the speed and cost ratio. ATI vs Nvidia, for an all round (linux-ready) pc, i'd go with nvidia.. for power an X1900 does run rings around an Nvidia (according to toms hardware)

I basically want something that can run all doom3 engine games at 1280x1024 res (my 17" sony's maximum res) with massive details. I'm all exciting about et:quake wars and ut3 engine .. so it'll have to be a bit of a beast.
I really dont want to have to think about an upgrade for another year or two.. any tips for the best 'next-gen' game hardware (aside from speed,speed,speed :) ) ?


Rob
 

reberto

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GonzoRob said:
I really dont want to have to think about an upgrade for another year or two.. any tips for the best 'next-gen' game hardware (aside from speed,speed,speed :) ) ?


Rob
Well you could get...

AMD Opteron 170 Dual core
ASUS SLI motherboard
2x 7800GTX's
2 gigs dual channel ram
Western Digital Raptor boot drive
320 gig SATA games and music drive
two DVD+(-) RW drives
a mid-tower raidmax case
a 17' LCD (if you go to lan parties) or a 19' LCD if you don't lan
 

jamesi

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alright getting windows on a macbook pro is crazy talk. even if you can manage to get windows on it, it wont run full speed and the amount of work wont be worth it. buy a pc, there is no shame in it. i have one for gaming too and it makes sense. games are optimized for windows anyways, games on a mac are so rare. dont buy a mac to plays games, its simple. consoles are a cheaper solution to buying a pc fyi
 

iPoster

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raggedjimmi said:
Don't go for AMD though. There's a reason why Apple went with Intel. Intel is just bursting with quality and power (In my typing rush I wrote 'amd' instead of 'and' ;) ). Seriously there are too many bad stories about AMD over heating, crappy motherboards, bad performance with wrong configs etc. They cost more but Intel are the quality choice.
I have an Athlon64 3400+ in my gaming PC, running F@H 24/7 plus games, using stock cooler I've never had a single problem so far. Runs @50C at 100% load. :D
 

cantthinkofone

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I would go with AMD because they are cheaper, and will perform just as well as a intel that costs 100+ more. But, if you want a really nice gaming rig, go with intel because intel boards support DDR2, and AMD boards dont yet. I built mine last year for about 1000. Never let me down in gaming.
 

eXan

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If i were you, I would get either MacBookPro, or wait for rev B MBP.

In your case, however, I think you should get a really nice PC (hmm PCs cant be nice at all :rolleyes: )
 

jamesi

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lol, the guy aboves recommends getting a macbook? is he serious. you still wont be able to play games even tho its an intel chip. get a pc for gaming, athlon rigs are pretty good for power and if you want to save some money.
i know some guy wrote that intel is better and "apple chose intel for a reason" but thats terrible evidence for going intel. apple chose intel b/c they needed someone to rely on so who better than the reigning king of chips. intel gaming rigs are good too but they just tend to cost more. in the end, its the video card and not the cpu that ends up making the most difference.