Hello there. I am new here so I apologize if I posted in the incorrect forum. I just got a new Imac. I had my previous one for approximately 5 1/2 years. I got the newest $2000 one. Here are the specs. I didn't add anything to it because I used all my money to get that one standard. 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz 8GB (two 4GB) memory 1TB hard drive1 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB Now I don't know anything about boot camp or parallels. However, I have started reading about it and I am have several stupid questions as I read more about them. Also, the only reason I need the windows is to play games with my friends. I've been essentially sequestered from them because I'm the only mac user and can't play the games they do because they are windows only. Everything else I intend to use a mac for. First, am I understanding this correctly? Basically both programs have a sort of partitioning system that allows you to give a certain amount of (space? whats the right word here) to each operating system, mac and windows. 1. My first question is probably very simple. Now, I assume the more space you give to each os, the better it would operate? Now if this is how it works, doesn't it just simply cut your computer's specs in half essentially? I mean, I'm obviously probably not understanding it right. I guess the main question I'm trying to ask is, just how much does partitioning affect the given systems and how does it affect them? I mean does it affect just how much space you have? Does it cut your memory in half? How does it affect other parts of the system such as graphics cards and stuff? Is it going to severely affect the windows games I play on my mac because I'm partitioning the os? 2. If I plan on only using windows to play games, is parallels or bootcamp better? It seems interesting to not have to reboot the whole computer just to play a game, and it seems more efficient to just be able to start a game with mac in the background. Is that how parallels works? If I were to start my mac up under parallels, would I have essentially my same setup and main menu screen, dashboard, and everything else as I have it on my mac currently. Except if I click a steam game that is windows only, I can just play it using windows, even though I am essentially running mac as everything else. Am I understanding this correctly? In regards to how bootcamp works, you have mac as it is now, and when you don't want to use it and want to play a game, you reboot into windows and basically have a barebones windows os with the game installed on that, with the windows background and desktop and everything else it has. Is this correct? So to me, going off my flawed/minimal understanding of how these programs work, parallels seems like the better option. But I would like to be corrected on this if I'm wrong. It would be greatly appreciated. 3. The last question I have is in regards to either program. If I use my mac for everything and windows just to play games, what would be an ideal partition ratio to go with. Should I allow more space on windows to make the games run better? Do I just need a little space on my mac considering I only do simple tasks on it such as going on the internet, writing papers, and other simple stuff? I apologize for my long and probably difficult to understand post. But it would be great to get some great people here to give me a better understanding of everything. Thanks and have a fantastic day!