Mac or PC? Gaming wise?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Koonie, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Koonie macrumors newbie


    Nov 18, 2009
    I'm still contemplating between a mac laptop and a pc laptop. I know the Mac laptops are way more expensive than the PC laptops. Right now I'm looking at the best 15 inch macbook pro, but I found an HP that's half the price and has twice as better specs than the mac.

    I just want to get an idea on why lots of people think mac is better than PC. This purchase is very important to me.

    Also, how well does gaming work on the mac laptops? How well would it work in the higher end 15 inch mac laptop? I'm talking about games like Call of Duty 4, etc. I have had PC all my life, and I notice that it starts to get slower and slower, even with antivirus. Please advise.
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    People buy Mac's because of the way they look, they way that they are built, battery-life features and the OS. If you are going to game, you want to stick with a PC.
  3. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
  4. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    If you are interested in heavy gaming, get the PC. Most games aren't released for OSX, and those that are released are generally poor ports that don't run as well as they do under windows.
  5. Ace134blue macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2009
    If its just cod games get macbook pro, itll easily max it out
  6. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    Doesn't answer your question but i would just save the money and buy a 360.
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    If gaming is your main purpose the only reason I could see getting the MBP would be to have something that will do well at gaming yet be thin and light with great battery life.

    For sheer gaming performance the ASUS G Series G51Vx-X3A and ASUS G Series G51J-A1 both offer Geforce GTX260M GPU's with 1GB VRAM. The latter also sports dual 7200RPM 320GB HD's (which one should set in RAID 0:cool:) and a Core i7 at 1.6Ghz. Though they are quite a bit bulkier and heavier than a Macbook Pro and likely have poor battery life.

    Personally I would opt for a base Macbook for portable computing with some light gaming and to build a gaming desktop. Unless your reason for this is LAN parties.
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    There's a good idea.
  9. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Why not go with the best of both worlds? Instead of buying the top end 15" MacBook Pro at $2299, why not get a MacBook at $999 or an entry level 13" macBook Pro at $1199 and spend the $1300/$1100 on a gaming desktop PC.

    If you don't want to build a gaming machine yourself, for $879 you can get a Dell Studio XPS 8000 with a Core i5 2.66GHz CPU and 3GB RAM. Just install a Radeon 5850 yourself (or a 5870 if you can stretch to it) and there you go.

    Gaming on laptops is very expensive and gives sub par performance. Graphics chips in laptops tend to be clocked down versions of the previous generation GPUs.
  10. Asipper macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2009
    I'd say windows :mad: macs :D :apple: are safer but pc no matter how bad they are have more games
  11. Koonie thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 18, 2009

    Gaming is not my main priority, it's just one of my priorities. I have seen with the HPs in the past that they generally slow down after a short while, even with antivirus. I don't know if that's the same with macs?

    How would boot camp work? If I made a partition for windows 7, would that still use the same specs from the mac itself?
  12. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    Maybe you should do some research, you could easily find the answers to your questions on google. Go on the switching to mac page on the Apple website for a basic overview.

    Windows PCs slow down because the vast majority of users don't know how to look after them. You need do defrag monthly and reinstall windows yearly to keep it responsive. Antivirus uses up system resources so any modest speed advantage a windows laptop might have is used up by that. Macs don't slow down in the same way over time. My 3 year old macbook feels as fast as it was when I got it.
  13. cc2096 macrumors regular


    May 13, 2005
    I was in the same boat as you and decided to go the Mac route. I picked up 15" uMBP today with the 9600M GT 256mb for $1699 + tax from the Apple Refurb store. After doing some research i found this gave me the best of both worlds, all the Mac glitz & glamor and the gaming power needed to play the games I wanted to. Sure you are paying a little more for the Mac, but the benefits like greatly battery life, lighter overall weight (those gaming laptops are HEAVY) make it worth it IMO.
  14. T.Verhoeven macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2009
    I say buy the Mac, and run Windows in Bootcamp!
  15. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    It's not an easy decision. I'm planning on getting a new machine in the coming months but I'm torn between a new iMac and a desktop PC, and it will primarily be used for gaming.

    Macs, at least the 2 I currently own, are very quiet machines. Even during L4D with my graphics card overclocked on the iMac it's still very quiet. When I play games on the family's newest desktop it's all very purdy, but also loud and the Windows experience just isn't as good as the older iMac.

    So ones quieter, better built, etc.
    The others upgradeable, more powerful. :eek:

    But if you go the mac route be sure to use Bootcamp! VMware and the rest are terrible for gaming.

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