Ready to game on the rMBP - Need win7 advice please

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by snyder17315, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. snyder17315 macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2012
    Mac newbie here! I finally have everything setup on my new rMBP from the Apple side, now I just need to get win7 up and running so i can do a little gaming and leave my desktop PC turned off!

    Could someone please point me in the right direction between the following options - with the explicit focus being the best solution solely for gaming:

    1. Bootcamp win7 install
    2. Parallels 8 win7 install
    3. Fusion 5 win7 install

    I'm also specifically interested in how large of a partition i'd need to make to accommodate win7? I'd estimate 20GB for the games themselves, so please take that into consideration as i've only got 256GB to work with unfortunately.

    Appreciate the help!
  2. Dyno-Mike, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

    Dyno-Mike macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Deffo boot camp without a doubt. Games are not a good experience in a virtual environment.
    I've allocated 120gb of my drive to it and the rest to OSX.

    I'm still running out of space on both partitions so I kinda wish I had gone for the 512gb rMBP.
  3. snyder17315 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2012
    i hear ya about the 512gb part! I couldn't swing the drive at the time of purchase, but i'm planning on picking one up a year or so from now when they've come down in price and are a little easier to source.
  4. mrbigglessworth macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2012
    Bootcamp Win7 for pure gaming. Get a VM solution for when you are mucking around in the Mac environment and want to update/download stuff in the background.

    Also, install BootChamp.
  5. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    If you are gaming, you will get BY FAR the best performance in bootcamp.
  6. snyder17315 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2012
    Sounds like boot camp is the winner - though I do so hate parting with that precious SSD space :(
  7. Engali macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2012
    You might want to consider the Nifty Drive. It's a cheap way to upgrade how much you can store on your comp and will get better as microSD cards get larger in capacity. I got one even though I have the 512gb rMBP.
  8. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Bootcamp for gaming every time.

    Gaming in a v. machine is really poor.

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