Which iMac or Mac Pro for Playing EVE Online, Maxed Graphics Settings?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ObeOneKanooby, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. ObeOneKanooby macrumors newbie

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    I am on the fence about whether to pick up a new iMac or invest in a mac pro.

    Aside from some sound and video editing, the most demanding thing I'll do on it is play http://www.eveonline.com/.

    I'd like to be able to max out the graphics settings and effects in fleet fights, in premium graphics mode, which is to be released in a couple of days.

    Here are three options:

    iMac 24" ($2,199 USD)
    # 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    # 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    # 1.0TB Serial ATA Drive
    # NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 512MB


    iMac 24" ($2,249 USD)
    # 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    # 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    # 1.0TB Serial ATA Drive
    # ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB


    Mac Pro ($3,598 USD)
    # One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    # 3GB (3x1GB)
    # 640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    # ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    # One 18x SuperDrive
    # Apple LED Cinema Display (24" flat panel)


    Do you think the iMac could handle maxed out graphics settings? If so, would the ATI 4850 be needed, or is the GeForce GT 130 enough?

    Do you think the Mac Pro would be a major peroformance upgrade from the iMac?

    Price is a concern but if the performance increase and lasting power of a Mac Pro would make it a worthwhile investment I'd be willing to fork over the extra grand.

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. Coca-Cola macrumors 6502

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    Whoa. I think the MacPro would be overkill.

    I think an iMac would be ideal here. The MacPro would be insane though.
     

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