So here's my dilemma...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Yankee125xt, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Yankee125xt macrumors newbie

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    My mother's PC is crap. It go bye bye.

    She saw my MBA when I came home from college this summer and loved it immediately.
    Now she wants MY MBA! (13" 1.86 4GB 128GB 320M)
    So here is where I'm struggling.

    I can't decide whether or not to buy the NEW MBA or buy another 2010 model.
    I hated gaming on Mac OSX so I installed Windows 7 and enjoyed playing SC2, WoW and Assassins' Creed quite well on high settings.

    I know the new MBA will have a better processor and whatnot, but here is my dilemma.

    For casual gaming, do you think the new MBA will be able to handle those games on a Windows 7 platform?
    I'm very much aware nobody knows what will come out on the new MBA but I'm pretty much sure everyone can agree that it'll run on a SB CPU with Intel 3000HD GPU.

    Thanks!
     
  2. reclusive46, Jul 17, 2011
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    I'd stick with the older model or at least wait for the new one to be released and see the Benchmarks.
     
  3. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    Welcome to the club, that's what im struggling with too.
     
  4. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

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    I'd suggest that you wait for the new one to be released and see what you think of it; if you find it worth getting, go for it. If, however, you find you still prefer the 2010 model, get that as a refurb instead (I expect that there will be a reasonable price reduction).

    Cheers
     
  6. Yankee125xt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I skimmed through it but didn't actually have the patience to read every single complaint comment... All I want to know is wether or not the 3000 HD work better on Windows 7 or Mac OSX for gaming.
     
  7. Flagg macrumors member

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    I've been trying to figure out the same thing. The general feel is that the HD 3000 can match the 320m on a few games, but lags behind for the most part even with the processor upgrade (consider also what the low-voltage will take away when compared to say 13" MBP).

    Provided something miraculous doesn't happen like an option with a discrete card in it, I'm personally thinking about exploring getting a 2.13 MBA referb when the prices drop. I hate the thought of buying a C2D and max of 4 gigs and relying on it to be enough for the next few years, but I also don't want to buy an Envy, m11x, or Vaio Z and deal with bloatware, naggy Win 7 security features that bog down the system, etc.
     
  8. PaulDoFish macrumors regular

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    You might be lucky and Apple might throw in a discrete ATI graphics chip somewhere in the new MBAs, like they did with the early 2011 MBPs.

    Its really a longshot, but if they did it'd probably be only in the 13 inch ultimate version.
     
  9. Flagg macrumors member

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    This was my thought. However, I believe that the MBP 13 is enough of a standard to justify not getting our hopes up :(
     

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