I use a mac as my workstation and want to build a gaming pc...how do I set this up?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Action, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. Action macrumors member

    May 1, 2008
    Currently, my setup is a MBP running snow leopard hooked up to a 24" monitor and a desktop mouse and keyboard. I want to build a windows 7 gaming pc, but I wouldn't be able to tolerate using windows 7 for work.

    I need help figuring out the logistics of this set up if I were to build a gaming pc. How do I easily switch between using my gaming pc and mac workstation?

    Here are some possibilities I've considered:

    1) Hackintosh. This would allow me to use my desktop's power in both windows and osx. That said, it seems like a major pain in the ass to install and maintain (as new snow leopard updates come out).

    2) KVM switch. I'd have everything hooked up to a kvm and switch between machines when gaming or working. I'm a little wary of quality though...

    3) Dual boot ubuntu and windows 7 on the desktop and use the mbp strictly as a laptop. I'd be able to do my work in ubuntu (unlike windows 7), but I'd prefer osx.

    4) Manually plug the monitor/kb/mouse/speakers into the mbp when I work, then back to the desktop when I game.

    I'm sure some of you have dealt with similar situations. What would you recommend?
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I don't think "weary" is the word you're looking for, but yes, a KVM switch is the way I'd go. There's no need to be leery.
  3. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    or wary

    just do the research... invest in a GOOD KVM and you'll be fine.

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