MBPR /w ViDock or a Gaming Rig?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Zeov, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. Zeov, Jul 15, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012

    Zeov macrumors 6502a

    Zeov

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    #1
    okay

    So, waiting for my MacBook Pro Retina to arrive (still like 3 weeks) i'm wondering about how my future gaming setup should be like, and i'm doing some Pros and Cons of wether i should chose a vidock for my Retina, or get a seperate Gaming rig.

    So i did a pros and cons list:

    Vidock Rig VS. PC Rig

    VIDOCK:

    Vidock Pros:

    Mobile Gaming
    Everything on same computer
    Most likely cheaper than a full gaming Rig

    Vidock Cons:

    Not very upgradeable
    Might be annoying to set up every time i want to play games?
    I will have all sorts of docks and cables i have to sort out.
    Might have some heat issues, not sure about this.

    Price: (Danish Prices*)

    Sonnet Echo (Thunderbolt Adapter) 966
    Thunderbolt Cable 379
    ViDock PCIE eGPU Box 1586
    GTX 680 3900
    1TB USB 3.0 HDD 829
    USB soundcard 269
    __________________________________
    Equals 7929,- (1.394$)

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    GAMING PC RIG:

    Gaming Rig Pros:

    Availability for SLI
    Great airflow
    Better CPU performance
    More Harddrive / SSD availablility
    Easier to upgrade in the future.
    Higher Performance
    Better drivers
    Overclocking

    Gaming Rig Cons:

    Less mobility
    Will cost more
    Might run into more problems (i've had problems with pcs in the past)

    Price:

    Storm Scout Cooler Master 650
    i7-3770k CPU 2400
    Motherboard 1700
    GTX 680 3900
    PSU 950W 1100
    12GB RAM 850
    2TB HDD 850
    ___________________________________
    Equals 11.450 ($2013)

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    now don't really think that much about the prices i converted into dollars, i know they might seem higher than you'd might think, but thats because everything in Denmark is really expensive.

    The reason i'm actually considering the vidock solution is because i play a lot at friends houses and such at sundays for example, it would be great to have a portable high-end gaming system with me.

    But i'm also thinking about the possibility of having a SLI configuration somewhere in the future, and thats not possible (from what i know) in a ViDock solution yet.


    So, i'm almost 50% split here to what i think i should do, so i'm making this thread to hear you guys out.

    i can tell you right now that i think the gaming rig is probably the best solution, it seems like the ViDock is not really a "solid" product yet, people aren't really sure if it works properly and theres not really any feedback of the product yet (only a few facebook messages and a youtube video)

    but as i mentioned, this is a future setup, and i'm sure there will be thunderbolt solutions in the future!

    Hope you guys can help !
     
  2. Destroysall macrumors 65816

    Destroysall

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    Gaming rig=better bang for the buck.

    What games are you planning on playing, because even a $500 machine can do great.

    Plus you wouldn't/shouldn't have any problems if you are building a PC. A custom system will not have any pre-loaded.junk that store-bought machines have.
     
  3. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

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    I'm not really sure if you take into consideration that he games at his friends' houses.

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    Which games do you play? It can already run BF3 on ultra with 2xAA and 1440x900 at 35 FPS. And it can run crysis 2 with advanced settings. Both of which already look very, very good.
     
  4. itsamacthing macrumors 6502a

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    hackintosh

    Build a hackintosh gaming rig, dual boot it windows 7 and OSX - best of everything that way
     

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