New Mac Mini vs Old Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sim0, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Sim0 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking at getting a gaming rig rather than buying into the new generation of consiles, to run windows via bootcamp so that I can abuse the Steam sales. But what would be better? An older Mac Pro, or a new Mac Mini? At the moment, they are about the same price here in Aust.
     
  2. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

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    I think if you really want a PC just for gaming, there won't be a way around a discrete GPU. But towers are also much more power consuming than notebooks (an the Mac mini consists only of notebook components).
     
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Get a PS4. It has a rediculous fast GPU, and will run Windows and OSX soon. Just wait till it's jailbroken!
     
  4. Sim0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I may end up getting a PS4, but at the moment I'm looking at getting a mac for PC gaming.

    Anyone else with some advice? I really don't know which way to go.
     
  5. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    Mac Pro, because it's upgradable. New video card, more memory, more drives, more processing power... The Mini would be OK, but upgrading it is really limited... Like pretty nonexistent... I run Win 7, Win XP, Win 98 and flavors of Linux on my Pro. Just updated the video card, although I haven't looked to see if the video card falls through to Fusion yet. I run in waves of having to run Windows, and I haven't had to run it much lately. Not that I at all mind that. ;-)

    And it's possible that the resale price might hold longer for a Pro versus a Mini, although the Mini would make a good doorstop or kitchen counter machine in the future...
     
  6. thekingofnerds macrumors regular

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    Hope that's sarcasm, or else good luck with running OS X on it. Ignoring the major compatibility issues, someone would need to write custom drivers to get any graphics acceleration beyond a VESA framebuffer.
     
  7. blanka macrumors 68000

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    It has roughly the same GPU as the new MacPro, so it only needs some tweaks to the drivers of that machine.

    If you want PC gaming, get a PC. Just grab any old i5 or 45nm Core2Duo PC second hand for 100$ and pop in the best GPU you can buy. It will outperform any MacPro config and is a lot easier to install, and half price or even less.
     
  8. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    An i5 or a C2D is supposed to outperform a Xeon? Not saying one needs much more than an i5 just for gaming, but...
     
  9. rnauman821 macrumors member

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    When it's clocks over core... a modern i5 may very well out perform a xeon.
     
  10. thekingofnerds macrumors regular

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