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


    Apr 1, 2011

    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 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$)


    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

    Gaming Rig Cons:

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


    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)


    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

    Feb 28, 2012
    United States
    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

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    I'm not really sure if you take into consideration that he games at his friends' houses.


    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

    Sep 26, 2011

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

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