Windows Box for Gaming? Mac for everything Else?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SC68Cal, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    Hey everyone, I was thinking in my own mind a few things:

    Basically a girlfriend of mine wants a computer for gaming purposes. Basically, I can get a barebones box off Newegg, slap a decent videocard and bang, she'll be playing Sims 2 with actual framerates compared to her laptop currently.

    Which got me thinking. Currently neither of my machines are gaming machines.

    Originally my thinking was that I would eventually get a PowerMac or at least an iMac that would have respectable gaming performance while still preventing me from having to revert back to Windows OS. But, looking at NewEgg, it makes more economic sense to just have a simple Wintel box around for gaming purposes. I mean, concieveably I can purchase a system and some upgrades and the price will weigh in around a top end Mac Mini and have superior gaming performance. Only drawback is that it's Windows.

    Has the thought of having a wintel box for gaming only ever crossed anyone's mind?
  2. codemother macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2002
    Windows For Gaming Only

    Yeah, that's what i do. There are just too many Windows only games like Rome Total War that I want to play. Plus the premium on a games capable Power Mac is just too great.

  3. Shrek6446 macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2006
    I would wait and see if someone will find a video driver for the mac/windows duel boot. Then you just get a nice 20"imac or Macbook pro. Duel boot windows and you could have both machines in one small form factor.
  4. captainbeefheat macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2006
    I remember a site years ago I used to make XP a bit leaner called (know it?) which seems to be down currently but I'd go there if you want to find all the processes to cut off, it even has a games section so you can strip XP right down to the only stuff you need to boot and play games with the max resources left to throw into games.
  5. Takumi macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2005
    Gunma, Japan
    A true gaming box is still goin gto be expencive.

    those cheap computers are cheap for a reason, they make great type writers, but very poor gaming machines.

  6. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    I know there isn't the range of games for the Mac platform as there are for the Windows, but the ones that are on the mac run pretty well. I play Halo on my CD1.8GHz MBP with 1.5GB RAM at full specs in Rosetta, and its pretty good. Im taking a guess that when it becomes a UB it will run perfectly at full specs.
    See if the games you are interested in are available on the Mac. If not, yeah go for a gaming PC box.
  7. SC68Cal thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    Yeah, I read that just now. Forget it, back to getting a PowerMac

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