Should I sell my newly built gaming system for a MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Yankee512, May 13, 2017.

  1. Yankee512 Suspended


    Apr 29, 2017
    I am really considering this as I hardly ever have time to play any longer and not sure why I even built this system if I don't play. I mostly browse, read, and do work related stuff. Below are the specs of my current system (not sure what its worth used), but it's only a few months old. If I could get enough for it to buy a fully loaded MBP, I would make the switch. I would definitely utilize an external monitor with it though. This system really heats up the office and makes it really uncomfortable/hot. So I try to not leave it running for long. Another reason I'm considering this.

    Thoughts from those who made the switch too?

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151
    CPU Cooler: Corsair h115i 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid Cooler
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste
    Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code LGA1151 DDR4 Z270 ATX Motherboard
    Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200
    O/S drive: SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Storage D:: Samsung 850 EVO Series 1TB 2.5" SSD
    Video Card: EVGA 1080 GTX FTW 8GB
    Monitor: Dell 34" UltraSharp Curved U3415W
    Sound Card: Creative Labs ZXR 24-bit 192 Hz Sound Card
    Case: Phantek's Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition w/RGB
    Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
    Corsair K70 RGB Keyboard
    Logitech G900 Chaos Mouse

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  2. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    So.....''I mostly browse, read, and do work related stuff.'' are not able to perform these tasks on you gaming system :) funny, isn't it :)....and when you find the time to play, you can again use your gaming system :)
    Why the hack do you need a MBP than o_O
  3. Yankee512 thread starter Suspended


    Apr 29, 2017
    Not sure if I am understanding you. :)

    I think this system is more than I need honestly. It uses a ton of power and heats this room up into the mid 80 degree range. When I could have a nice laptop docked do what I need to do from word processing, browsing, email, some burning of DVD's, video processing, etc. I only play maybe once a week if that, and that is only a couple of hours. And I honestly don't care for gaming these days like I use too. I would love to have a laptop to carry with me instead of two computers. (Have am old HP 840 G2 laptop).
  4. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    Well if you really want to get rid of it, I am sure you will get more than enough to buy a decent MBP, to cover all your needs, apart from gaming of course :)
  5. ZapNZs, May 13, 2017
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    ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Yes - your ambient temperature will be more comfortable, the current MacBook Pro can drive multiple high resolution monitors (the 15-inch can drive four 4k or two 5k displays, which is insane), giving you plenty of room for external displays, the experience of OS X is quite nice, and you would gain an immense amount of portability (which sounds more useful to your needs than power.) As Macs are still relatively limited-capability gaming machines, you would lose a ton of gaming performance if you ever got back into it...but you could always rectify that by purchasing a base 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is half the price of the 15-inch, and this may save you some money for building a custom economy gaming rig down the road with a Ryzen CPU, if you ever desired (the 13-inch can still drive two 4k displays or one 5k.)

    If you buy the MBP, you can use it for 14 days and return it for a full refund at any point during those 14 days, if you do not like it or it does not meet your needs. I use one of my MBPs with two externals and a K70 with Cherry Browns (non-RGB) and it works with Mac (you just have to remap the keys - and if you want to use the RGB features, IIRC there is a Linux driver that someone modified to work with OS X). The mouse would work fine too as I use a gaming mouse with mine.

    You can sometimes find the base 13-inch MBP on sale for around $1,100-ish. IMO, a mechanical keyboard is such a nice enhancement that it makes a bigger overall difference than having a touch bar or touch screen. And, if you like to change computers more often, once nice thing about the world of the MacBook Pro is they hold a very high value if cared for.

    Like, for example, there are half decade old MacBook Pros selling on the used market for over $1,000 (half+ of their original price when new, half a friggin' decade later!) - I do not know of any other computer that holds a value anything remotely close to this!
  6. darksithpro macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016

    NICE desktop! If I had a fully specked 2015 RMBP lying around I would trade you, but a fully loaded 2016 can cost up to 4 grand. That desktop is worth around 2ish grand if you bought it outright.
  7. Yankee512 thread starter Suspended


    Apr 29, 2017
    Yeah, I was looking at the costs of a new MBP, and the one I would want is closer to $3k. :/ Probably just wait for now till I have extra cash to get the laptop as it is a bit more expensive than I expected.
  8. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    Short answer, yes get a laptop and MBP is great for what you need.

    That's a fine looking PC though, sad to get rid of it but you can recoup some money from it to fund your MBP
  9. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    If you just want to browse internet,teas and do simple tasks,keep the gaming system and buy an iPad. MacBooks are almost worthless for gaming beyond games like minesweeper,Tetris or classic pacman.
  10. TheOkeland macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2017
    Aachen, Germany
    I was in the same situation two month ago. I realized that my Gaming-Rig had more dust on its Keyboard than ever before. The past half year I used the Desktop-PC nearly only in an Idle-State. Studying took the most time, so there was not much left for gaming. So I decided to sell the Gaming Rig and got about 1000€ for it. (i7-6700k, 24GB RAM, GTX970)

    Currently writing on a low-spec ThinkPad. The only thing i really miss ist the Quad-Core and a dGPU with decent power for some casual-gaming. Now I wait till the WWDC, maybe the MBP gets a spec-bump, if not I would buy a MBP (2,9/512/460). Should be plenty performance to run some VMs or for some gaming on decent graphics. Hell the 460 runs GTA5 on high settings (1080p). More than enough for a laptop. If I would want to game some more performance in future, I could easily add an eGPU to get more performance out of the MBP.

    I have to admit, the MBP-prices are quite high, so you have to face the question if the OS is worth to spend more money.
    For me as an Computer Science student, I realized that Windows sucks on a daily basis, running C/C++ programs or using the bash is a pain. Switching between Linux and Windows several times a day is just as annoying, so it was no solution either. This is the point where macOS really becomes worth it. I can use programs like Microsoft Office and at the same time I have a native Unix-Base to compile programs, etc.
    Also working on a mac is really relaxing compared to windows. Microsoft wants to fix many problems with Win10, but there are still security-problems and bugs.
    Reliability, security and usability are really important while working and at this points, macOS outperforms windows easily. Yes Windows is nice for gaming, but there is no problem in running Windows on Bootcamp for casual gaming.
  11. mrex macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2014
    [QUOTE="Yankee512, post: 24575126]I mostly browse, read, and do work related stuff.

    mbp for that? waste of money...
  12. carajean macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2017
    No you won't get near enough for it. Next don't get the top of the line waste of money. If I were you I would keep the gaming machine and use steam in-home streaming. I was in the same boat. Don't use the gaming rig much but knew I would get much for it even with a 1080.

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  13. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    I have both 2016 15" and Alienware 15" (7820HK, overclockable), GTX 1070. The AW is several orders of magnitude more powerful and is an amazing machine but it sits mostly unused. its a shame really. Gaming wise its a beast (more like a Dragon because the heat is so intense), but I am so much more productive in Mac OS. Hackintosh is only recently an option with these units because the 10x0 drivers just showed up.

    Your desk is so clean. My hand hurts looking at that Magic Mouse though.
  14. Yankee512 thread starter Suspended


    Apr 29, 2017
    If I had someone willing to buy it already built, I could sell it for a good amount. Probably at least $2k. But parting it out would be the way to go probably and still pull in around that number or more not including the monitor. Not sure if I want to go through all that right now. So I may just sit tight even though I really want a MBP.
  15. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    Well buy at least refurbished and save 500$.
    But honestly for your workload a 15" MBP is now the second waste of money u make;)
  16. TechGod macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    I'll take that horrible, hot system off you!
  17. carajean macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2017
    Im new to the Mac ecosystem. I thought I would give the mouse a try. I do have a Razer naga behind the laptop screen. Also below is a pic of my mouse collection.

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  18. nitromac macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2012
    keep the gaming PC and buy a MBP spend your $$$

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