iMac 24" or Windows PC?

Husk

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Aug 28, 2008
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Hi, I need some help regarding buying an iMac.

I've never had a Mac Computer before that I have used frequently, other than my Dad's Macbook Air, so I'm very familiar with the operating system. I need help deciding whether or not to purchase an iMac.

I own a Mid to High end gaming PC. I use it for school documents and other things. I also play games on it mainly and use it for iTunes and browsing the Internet. The specs for my system are:

7900 GTX Video card by nVidia
1 GB RAM
Intel Core Duo 2.4GHz
Windows XP

Now, I own a gaming console, so most of gaming needs take place there. I still enjoy playing PC games from time to time, especially Crysis. Now I'd like to know, if it's worth keeping my PC or whether or not I should sell it and purchase an iMac with the following specs:

24 Inch screen
8800 GS Video card by nVidia
2 or 4 GB RAM
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz

I'm absolutely in love with the Mac operating system. I'm just a little unsure as to whether this would be okay for gaming or at least better than my PC, since my PC handled fine for me. I'd like to know if I can expect better results with the iMac or if it's recommended to take this step?

Thanks.
 

Zortrium

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Jun 23, 2003
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Higher clocked core 2 duo is obviously better than a lower clocked core duo, and the 8800 will wipe the floor with your 7900. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
 

Husk

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Original poster
Aug 28, 2008
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Hmm...I see what you mean.

I live in the Middle East, so if I were to order the iMac through the US Apple Store, would it ship it to the Middle East by any chance? Since I can't seem to find a 3.06GHz iMac on the Apple ME Store.

Sorry for the stupid question.
 

auto123

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Jun 25, 2008
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meh, my windows side of me is acting up and is telling me to tell you to keep the xp machine.

if you add some extra ram (which will be a lot cheaper than buying a whole other system) you can run vista well. my mac buddy (bought a mac and is hardcore mac person) bought a hp laptop and likes vista too.

but trust me vista does suck if you don't at least have a 2.0 ghz dual core (or 3.o ghz single core) processor and at least of 2 gigs of ram.

hope this helps.
 

Hoopdy

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Sep 13, 2007
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That is far from a "mid to hign-end gaming pc". I'd order parts for a new gaming PC and purchase a macbook or macbook pro later. A consumer mac like the Imac won't give you good performance for gaming at all.
 

singhy44

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Jun 9, 2008
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Manchester, UK
If you find your current set-up acceptable, and don't want to make a huge step up, the iMac will be ideal for your needs. My 3.06Ghz iMac should be here next month, and I plan to use Vista to play Crysis, and many other games. Will tell you how that goes.
 

Zortrium

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Jun 23, 2003
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That is far from a "mid to hign-end gaming pc". I'd order parts for a new gaming PC and purchase a macbook or macbook pro later. A consumer mac like the Imac won't give you good performance for gaming at all.
The high-end iMac with the 8800 is a respectable gaming machine even by PC standards.
 

Etherz10

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Aug 27, 2008
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United Kingdom
The 3.06GHz with 8800 will easily be able to handle your games, Very Powerful Machine (4GB RAM will be a big part because most PC cant Handle that and will make your gaming Experience So Much Better)
 

ninook

macrumors newbie
Aug 31, 2008
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Hi, I need some help regarding buying an iMac.

I've never had a Mac Computer before that I have used frequently, other than my Dad's Macbook Air, so I'm very familiar with the operating system. I need help deciding whether or not to purchase an iMac.

I own a Mid to High end gaming PC. I use it for school documents and other things. I also play games on it mainly and use it for iTunes and browsing the Internet. The specs for my system are:

7900 GTX Video card by nVidia
1 GB RAM
Intel Core Duo 2.4GHz
Windows XP

Now, I own a gaming console, so most of gaming needs take place there. I still enjoy playing PC games from time to time, especially Crysis. Now I'd like to know, if it's worth keeping my PC or whether or not I should sell it and purchase an iMac with the following specs:

24 Inch screen
8800 GS Video card by nVidia
2 or 4 GB RAM
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz

I'm absolutely in love with the Mac operating system. I'm just a little unsure as to whether this would be okay for gaming or at least better than my PC, since my PC handled fine for me. I'd like to know if I can expect better results with the iMac or if it's recommended to take this step?

Thanks.


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