MacBook Pro or MacBook & PC

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thefuz, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. thefuz macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2007
    I'm looking at getting a MB or MBP over the next few days. I already have a PC desktop, mainly getting a laptop for portability for uni. I was originally thinking of just getting a MB, but with my PC needing some upgrades and a new monitor I'm wondering if I should get a MBP and get rid of the PC entirely.

    If I get a MB I'll just use it for web, word processing and spreadsheets. I'll use my PC for gaming and photo editing. A MBP would need to be able to run games pretty well.

    I guess I'd prefer to just have a MBP, but am a little concerned that it won't be able to run demanding games for the next couple of years. Any thoughts?
  2. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Frankly, no laptop is a great gaming machine. Even current PC laptops can only game for a short period of time, and then their components are too old for the latest games. While I'm a fan of the mbp, for you, the mb wins. The stuff you want the mb for won't change much from mb to mbp. But gaming...that will change.
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    The MacBook Pro is great for playing current titles like WoW and Warcraft III.

    My guess is it will play Starcraft II nicely with its DX10 capable GPU too.

    With these 3 games you really will not have time for anything else really...
  4. Clarrie macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2007
    My son is a bit of a gamer and runs XP as well as OSX on his MacBook Pro. He's very happy with its performance.
  5. BlueArctos macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2007
    As of the past three weeks, the Core2Duo MBP has been hailed as one of the most capable gaming notebook in its class (especially if you're talking about the 15.4" line). My twin brother is a hardcore gamer with obsessive hardware tendencies, and even he is dumbfounded with the incredible show of power and performance in the notebook's latest revision. He's written some of his thoughts after CalBoy's quote below. Note that the factors discussed function under the assumption that you will be running Windows XP or Vista under BootCamp.

    Gamers do have a tendency to create power-hungry software (games) at full bore until the hardware has a chance to catch up, at which point there are even newer games taxing the newest hardware. However, in most cases games can be played on most mainstream hardware because developers understand that the majority of people don't have the $500 necessary to purchase a single component for their computers (in this case, high-end video cards). If you absolutely need the newest games running at the highest settings with all the eye-candy enabled, then CalBoy definitely has a point.

    The only real gaming bottleneck that exists on the MBP is its video card, the M8600 GT. As of right now, this is still the best mobile graphics card capable of running the newly released DirectX 10. The M8700 has been announced, but it will most likely be limited to 17+ inch laptops. Truly high-end DirectX 10 mobile graphics cards will be released in the coming months, but they will have to live inside laptops of the desktop replacement sort to function reasonably.

    Honestly, it would be much easier to buy a Macbook or Macbook Pro and build or purchase a nice desktop to play games on than try to compromise. Personally, I'd go with the MBP, but that is only because I don't have the option of keeping a desktop around and would like to have the best gaming capability I can get in a 15.4 inch laptop. 17+ inch laptops (although the MBP 17 inch is quite thin) are almost always desktop replacements, in which case you should seriously consider just buying a desktop.

    Also, I really admire that Apple managed to put the same components in the 15.4 inch MBP as they put in the 17 inch MBP. That way, the choice between the two models is limited to screen-size and resolution, instead of a performance hit. ​

    My brother reflects on the doomed nature of compromise in gaming laptops. I would personally like to add that, unless you demand the absolute pinnacle of performance in your everyday gaming, you should get the MBP 2.4 GHz with the extra RAM and the 7200 RPM disk. It should last you at least two years.

    I recommend this review for additional viewpoints.
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Personally, I'd go for the macbook and PC combination. That way, if your mac develops any problems and needs to go in to be repaired, you're not left without a leg to stand on and can still get work done.

    This is especially true in university, you don't want your laptop to break 24 hours before a deadline and have to be running frantically to the computer rooms.

    This is why I now have a Vista desktop. :rolleyes:
  7. thefuz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2007
    I'm typing this from my new base model MacBook.

    Thanks for the advice guys. While I'm sure the MBP would have run games to my liking in the short to medium term, the power and customization afforded to desktop PC's is probably a better bet for me for gaming.

    Taking me a little while to get used to the MB, I haven't used Macs too much before. Enjoying it though, really glad I made the Mac choice rather than going with a Dell lappy.

    This seems like a really great forum, there's heaps of advice and everyone seems to get along pretty well. You can bet I'll be lurking around here searching for hints for my new machine!

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