Thinking about buying the high end 21.5 iMac for editing, media, and GAMES.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by The Final Cut, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    Well I have a 2.26GHZ MBP Unibody. It is great but not covering it for final cut (screen size), movie watching, storage space, games, etc. So I was thinking about buying a separate gaming laptop, monitor,external mouse, speakers, multiple HDD'S etc. Then I realized why not just go iMac, with all this junk on my desk together it is probably more complicated then getting a desktop. iMac is the perfect transition however here are my qualms:

    1) high end gpu only on massive 27" model kills all hope of easily traveling (twice a month) with the 22" via iLugger. The screen res also kills it for me, its a novelty, too high for games. Plus the 4850 will obviously be replaced next year. I would be fine with it if the res was 1080p but at the res with that card high end gaming would be horrible.

    2) kind of expensive when I could get the i5 model for only a few hundred more.

    3) 4670 is not that powerful but rather OK.

    So what I am thinking is this. Buy the 21.5 high end model. Play all my older games (that take less power) then when apple announces a slightly better model that suites my needs upgrading to it. As a back up if apple does not do this (or I get too bored without newer games) I can build a small form factor gaming desktop and use the imac display. Basically I am posting just to ask what makes for sense. Getting the high end 21.5 model temporally, or sticking with my MBP and buying a separate gaming laptop with a 260m, which would last quite a bit longer than the 21.5 imac (the card is much better than the 4670 and about equal to a the 27" 4850.

    PS sorry for another thread about imac and gaming. :(
  2. D ROCK macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2007
    The 21.5 does not allow for video in through its port. only video out. therefore your only option for pc gaming using iMac screeen is still the 27"
    lugging it aroung 2 times a month is really not that big a deal in my opinion.
    I thought it would be terrible with my 24" but I do it all the time.
    I know guys who tear down and setup a desktop tower every weekend b/c they need to and it just becomes habit.
    it is what it is.
    I would probably agree with most out there that if you really want a gamers station just go with a pc.
  3. njean777 macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2009
    like the last poster said if you like pc gaming and you need a better videocard then go pc.

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