OS X New September iMac config for games?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by atarria, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. atarria macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2009
    To get the best MMO game performance that I can afford, would I be better off with the iMac Core i5 with GTX 780M or the Core i7 with GTX 775M?
    I will be replacing my mid 2011 2.7 27" core i5 iMac with Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB.

    To bad my state now taxes internet purchases and ended its tax free holidays.
  2. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2012
    I would recommend the i5 with the faster GPU. That will give you the best gaming performance.
  3. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    Get the high-end graphics and it should be ok.
  4. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    Get the 680 that makes a bigger difference and last longer with games than the i7 will.

  5. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    Even the iMac 21.5 is now coming with a 1GB NVIDIA card option. Most definitely an improvement for Mac gaming performance.
  6. atarria thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2009
    This is what I have decided to buy from the Apple Store online and have it shipped to my local store.

    3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X4GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5
    Apple Mouse
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  7. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    I ordered 3.4ghz, 780m

    I used the PC game loads whilst at Uni but that was 10 years ago. I quite fancy a go at bf3/bf4 so I specified the gpu upgrade

    However I have no idea if it would be any good for gaming.

    The 780 non mobile is meant to be the daddy (twice as fast) but for what I have I understand I need boot camp NOT parallels, understandable.

    But if I had the same spec in a native windows machine would it run quicker? Does boot camp retard performance?
  8. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    It's the best gaming card you can get in an iMac and is a decent mobile gaming card.

    You cannot get the 780 none mobile card in a Mac (officially), you could put a PC card in a MacPro but thats not officially supported.

    Parallels is an application running Windows inside OS X, hence it is slower especially with 3D graphics.

    Bootcamp is running Windows 100% natively as if you Mac was a PC.

    No if you are running bootcamp then your Mac hardware is a Native Windows PC.


  9. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010

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