Totally new to gaming on a Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Trident00, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Trident00 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2011
    I have a 2010 model iMac (can't remember specific specs right now) and I would like to do some gaming on it.

    I am planning on installing Windows 7 on a partition through BootCamp as I have heard Parallels and the like do not handle gaming well. Is this what I should do? The only reason I am installing Windows is to do some gaming so I just wanted to make sure that this is my best option.

  2. andydckent macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2009
    Edinburgh, Scotland
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Using bootcamp is really the only option for playing PC games.
  4. Trident00 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2011
    Thank you, just wanted to be sure.

    Do you have an idea of how much memory should be devoted to that partition? I'm sure it depends but is there a recommended level? I have a 1 TB hard drive with about 700 GB still available.
  5. AngryRedTicTac, Nov 10, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011

    AngryRedTicTac macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2011
    Even a Mac Pro with a 5770 is barely passable as a gaming machine in virtualization, and you'd need the top model 2011 iMac to top that Pro, especially once you ramp up the resolution on tougher games.

    To give you an idea how bad it is, even games like Rainbow 6 Vegas don't run smoothly on my Pro using Parallels or Fusion. Honestly, anything past about Diablo II is not really an option ;-)

    Boot camp all the way.

    Unless you are going to to crazy with games, 80 or so GB should be plenty. I started with 30, and ended up having to reinstall to get an 80GB partition. It's not like a regular mac partition that you can just stretch, you'll want to make sure you have all the space you want, so aim a little high. Since you won't be storing data, just OS and games with a few support programs, you're usage should be low enough to maintain a decent amount of open space at the 80 gb level.
  6. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Well, not the only option. I use CrossOver to play the Steam versions of COD Black Ops and MW2.
  7. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    I agree with this. Do your math and calculate how much storage you're going to need. You don't need some blind number someone else tells you to use. Windows 7 will need 20 GB of storage space (for 64-bit), add in your games, add in a page file and sum the total. Then multiply that by 1.11+ to have 10% of free/unused disk space and you'll have your minimum disk space required for yourself.

    I ended up using 400GB for Windows on a 1TB drive, but I have more games than will fit on that much space.
  8. Trident00 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2011
    Great thank you for all the help, I am mostly doing this for Skyrim as I don't want to miss out on community mods like I did with Fallout.
  9. 95yjman macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Is installing window's via boot camp really hard to do? I mean do you have to have software engineer skills to do it?
  10. WAM2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2011
    United States
    Yeah bootcamp is the way to go for gaming, other than portal 2 and team fortress, they run fantastic on mac os x!
  11. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    LOL. Apple make it nice and easy. They provide all the drivers. The smoothest Windows installations and experiences I've ever had have all been on Macs.

    For gaming, go with Boot Camp ALL THE WAY like the other guys said, virtualisation software like Parallels and Fusion just can't replicate the 3D power required to run modern games.
  12. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bootcamp is fine if you don't mind having a PC... I like to casually game and multitask doing many things, which makes Bootcamp useless since I lose all access to Mac OS X while running Windows...

    I port everything I want to run over through Wineskin (the whole reason I made Wineskin in the first place)... but being a very casual gamer I do not mind waiting a year or so to play a game, and I do not mind 10% to 30% decrease in performance... For people who always want to play the latest and greatest Windows game at the highest performance possible, then you really have to run Windows (not in a VM) to do that.

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