What to do, what to do...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mgmktx, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. mgmktx macrumors member

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    I love my Macbook, don't get me wrong, but I also miss PC gaming. That is where my dilemma is. Getting a laptop that can actually game is at the top of my list this summer but I don't know the best course of action for me. I was set on selling my Macbook and getting a Windows laptop but after seeing the features of Leopard today I think I changed my mind.
    Here are my 2 choices (all involve selling my Macbook):
    1) Get a used MBP ($1500 limit though and preferably C2D)
    2) Windows laptop (not opposed to it at all, been a Windows user since last year and have had no problems AT ALL with their OS's)

    Leopard has me leaning toward the first option but is it possible to get a great deal on a C2D MBP right now?

    My Macbook for reference: White 2ghz CD, 2gb, 60gb HD, superdrive
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    How about building a gaming desktop PC, and keeping your macbook? I know you didn't mention it, but seems it would be a good solution.
     
  3. mgmktx thread starter macrumors member

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    Haha forgot to mention that, had a desktop until last month but gave it to my dad because he needed a new computer and I didn't like having two computers. Also, bringing it to and from school once a year was a hassle
     
  4. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm,

    I would get a MBP cause I hate windows but if your REALLY a gamer I personally don't think there's a better option than a Windows laptop.
     
  5. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

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    Keeping things synced between a PC and a Mac laptop can be a pain.

    Personally, if you're a true gamer, I'd go with what aaronw1986 said... they've come a long way, but a desktop will take you so much further in gaming than a Windows laptop ever can. I'd keep the MB and build a desktop simply for your gaming needs.
     
  6. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

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    what about using bootcamp or the like and running windows games with that?
     
  7. mgmktx thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats what I would do with a MBP if I got one. I would keep the Macbook if it had dedicated graphics
     
  8. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    I'd much rather have a tiny-but-underpowered laptop and a separate gaming desktop. Portability never becomes obsolete!

    Personally, if I wasn't able to have a gaming PC, I'd just deal with subpar gaming until I need the laptop needs an upgrade.
     
  9. mgmktx thread starter macrumors member

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    Subpar gaming? More like NO gaming. :p I used to play CS:S and CoH all the time and now miss it because the Macbook's GMA950 is definitely not capable of playing them at all.

    So I think I might go the MBP route. Been looking at the refurb site to catch a decent deal but can't find any right now. A few months ago I saw some refurb MBP's as low as $1300-1400. Could they get that low again before the end of the summer?
     
  10. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Why not buy a Dell?

    Spending $1400 on a machine with a X1600 does not sound like good value.
     
  11. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    Eh, the GMA950 runs WoW somewhat competently at performance settings. I don't see why it won't run CS:S at lowest settings, too.

    That's the thing, though--you're paying so much more to get middle-range performance from a laptop. In a few years you're left with a bigger laptop that plays old games adequately. Unless you really need to game on the run...

    Ah, whatever. MBP is still a great laptop.
     

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