Which 5K 27" Configuration for Gaming

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  1. jonthom2k macrumors newbie

    jonthom2k

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    Hello all,

    I have a budget of ~$2500 for a new computer, and need opinions on which config to choose. The first config has a core i7 and a weaker graphics card, while the second config has a core i5 and a stronger graphics card. Both configs come out to ~$2500. Which config do you recommend?
    • 4.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
    • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    • 1TB Fusion Drive
    • AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2GB GDDR5
    • Apple Magic Mouse
    • Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    • Accessory Kit
    • 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    • 1TB Fusion Drive
    • AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB GDDR5
    • Apple Magic Mouse
    • Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    • Accessory Kit
    I am also open to suggestions to wait until October. :)

    Thanks,
    Jon
     
  2. MandiMac macrumors 6502

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    For gaming, the second one with the M295X.
    But wait for October, we might be in for the even more powerful M395X. Better be late than sorry ;)
     
  3. jonthom2k thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    It's gaming so the better the GPU the better the gaming all else is secondary (as long as you have 8GB of ram and a quadcore CPU you are golden). But as Mandimac says you may want to wait and see if there is anything new in october.
     
  5. AlifTheUnseen macrumors member

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    That AND of course the mandatory note that for that money, you would get a very nice gaming PC with a REAL gaming GPU and stuff… but maybe you'd like to have an Apple iMac for other purposes / because its gorgeous screen.

    Sadly, there is no Mac hardware for gamers…

    If you feel adventurous, there is always the possibility for Hackintoshes...
     
  6. Serban Suspended

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    intel just announce the entire skylake so ill wait for October
     
  7. btrach144 macrumors 65816

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    Gaming at a 5k resolution with a mobile GPU gives me many lolz. Not sure what game(s) you wish to play and whether you're going to game on OS X or Windows 10 also unknown. If you wish to play a game like Battlefield 4 on a 5k display with the M295X or even M395X will lead to poor results. If you want to game I suggest build a gaming PC, use the money left over and buy a Mac Mini. Again, the iMac will be fine if you only wish to play lite games but otherwise you're about to blow $2,500.
     
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  9. btrach144 macrumors 65816

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    The title states 5K, meaning he wishes to purchase the 5K iMac, which has a 5120x2880 resolution or 2880p in your speak.

    You'd need triple or quad Titan X in 3 or 4 way SLI to produce a stable 60 FPS on a game like Battelfield 4 at 5120x2880.
     
  10. bry223 macrumors regular

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    Of course that's what the title says, but I don't think you're really seeing this clearly. The only iMac model with a decent GPU is the 5K models. Even if he finds an older non-BTO iMac with the 775m at 1440p, the current 290/290x/295X will preform better at 1440p. Not to mention most people realize and don't game at 5k, they drop it down to 1440p to get that pixel ratio.
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    No one with any sense expects to game at native resolution on a 5K, if they do then they will be rudely disabused of such ridiculous notions pretty sharpish.
     
  12. MandiMac macrumors 6502

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    What about the classics like Portal, Half-Life 2 and even Diablo III? I think if you do play around with the settings (especially shaders) a bit, 5K gaming isn't that far off. Many people claim that they don't mind playing at 30fps too, so there's that, for instance.
     
  13. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    The pool of games that can be played on a m295x at high resolution, but suffer on a m290x is not insignificant However,there's also a growing pool of games which can't be played at 5k with anything less than a full desktop card, and possibly multiple full desktop cards.
     
  14. MandiMac macrumors 6502

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    "Can't be played" is such a stretch in my view. What is "can't be played"? Max details and 60fps? Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal, after all.
     
  15. jerwin, Sep 7, 2015
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    jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Well, I don't have a m295x, but here's my m290x at 5k resolution. I think to tweak settings a bit. Low detail, btw. Screen Shot.png

    Will the m295x do substantially better? Perhaps not enough for 5k. Perhaps enough for 1440p though. (I play at 1080p).

    edit: physics will chew up your framerate at very fast clip.
     
  16. MandiMac macrumors 6502

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    Which game/OS/bench is this?
     
  17. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Company of Heroes 2, MacOSX 10.9...
     
  18. Dekard macrumors 6502

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    I got the latest 5k iMac..
    iMac Specs:

    - 4.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz

    - 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB

    - 3TB Fusion Drive

    - AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB GDDR5

    BF4 on the 5K iMac in 1440
    gta 5 with the graphic check.
     
  19. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Not a lot of point in a 5K gaming if you play at 30fps but do as you like it's always your choice to play older games however you want....
     
  20. EnesM macrumors 6502

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    Did anyone try the 5K version of Command and Conquer Generals? It is one of my all time favorites, but I still don't have an iMac :(
     
  21. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Most of those older games most likely won't support that high resolutions anyway.
     

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