Looking for some advice please!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by trevor4ever, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. trevor4ever macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2017
    I'll try and be as clear as I can, but sometimes its not too easy to put all my thoughts into words without writing a novel.

    I have been a mac user for about 15-16 years, but

    I would like to move to a desktop computer. I currently have a 12" MacBook, 10.5 iPad pro, and iPhone X. Currently the only actual important work i do is with quickbooks/excel. Otherwise I just do normal everyday computing (web, documents, pdf, etc). I have kids so I do have a large photo/home video collection. I don't do much editing, but now with a 4k TV and a gopro it sure would be nice to piece together 4k clips into movies.

    I have been a mac user for about 15-16 years, but am completely open to switching to a PC. Most everything I do either has a windows version or is cloud based.

    So heres the dilemma...I also want to experience and use VR. I understand that only the top end iMacs will run VR games. I want to run VR in a computer that will do it very well, not just barely scraping by if that makes any sense. That makes a pretty expensive iMac, and I'm not sure that will even run VR all that great (but I also don't know much about the technical side).

    So if im going to spend $3000+ on an iMac that may not be all that good at VR would I be better off buying a PC gaming computer? It seems to me that I could get a pretty insane computer for a similar price I would pay for an iMac.

    It all boils down to should I buy a really nice iMac and hope it does VR well? Or should I get a very nice PC for the benefits of VR and just learn to use windows for the few other programs I need. I think between my iPad and iPhone I can do most things, just not all of my business stuff. Anyone have any suggestions or opinions on what would be a good idea? Or what PC/mac I might want to look at? All said and done id like to stay around $3000 to $4000 max including a display if I go the PC route.
  2. ZapNZs, Nov 14, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017

    ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    My knowledge on VR is very limited, as a disclaimer. If the primary goal is VR, IMHO a PC is a wayyyyyy better choice for the money.

    If your budget is $3,000-$4,000, I would personally go the route of a custom PC, using something along the lines of a Core i7-7700K or higher, a Nvidia 1080 TI, and liquid cooling.

    Alternatively, if you are looking for something pre-built, the MicroCenter PowerSpec line is a pretty solid offering IMO. For under $2k, you could get this, upgrade the RAM, and get a reasonably good monitor (think 27-32-inch 1080p or QHD with a good refresh rate). You can also frequently find sales on their in-house PowerSpec line, sometimes to a point where buying a completed version is less than the cost of building it yourself.

    An iMac with a 7700k, equal RAM, and the 580 GPU is like $2,800, and it's GPU is arguably a far cry from the 1080TI.

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