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6/25/13 8:57 PM
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Zanzoken
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(Note: This will be kind of a lengthy post but I promise to vote up all serious responses.)

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So I'm reaching a point where I need to make a gaming/computing decision and I want to know what you guys think.

Here's my existing setup:

- 4 year old aluminum Macbook
- Xbox 360

My Mac still runs pretty well. I use it for general stuff like surfing the web, OG, porn, etc. as well as some light gaming (mostly retro/indie). Despite the cost, it would take a LOT to keep me from buying a new Mac once my current goes kaput. I really love this thing and I've gotten a ton of use out of it.

I like my Xbox as well but I've decided to switch to PC gaming. The new consoles seem underwhelming (esp for the price) and PC is a better platform for the types of games I like (mostly RPGs).

I'm also looking to get started with modding and game development (simple 2D stuff, like with Gamemaker) in the very near future. I need Windows in order to participate in both of those activities.

One final thing: I travel a lot for my current job. On travel weeks, I'm departing Sunday and arriving home on Thursday after working a full day. A typical month will see me on the road for 2-3 weeks.
6/25/13 9:07 PM
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So here's my question: does it make sense to buy a gaming PC that will basically be dedicated only to gaming/software dev? Or can I get by with a new Macbook Pro that dual-boots Windows?

I know gaming laptops are generally a poor choice, especially an Apple. But most of the stuff I play shouldn't be too hardware intense. The only AAA games I have on my radar right now are Skyrim, the next Fallout, Dragon Age 3, Elder Scrolls Online, and maybe the UFC game from EA. I'm not a big graphics/performance whore either, so I'd be okay with running these games on lower settings.

I'm thinking the best thing for me to do is take the $600-800 I would spend on a dedicated PC, lump it in with the $1400-1600 I would normally spend on a new Mac, and buy a higher-end Macbook Pro to serve as an all-in-one. That would also give me portability, so I could work on games/mods while I'm on the road for work.

Let me know your thoughts, and thanks in advance for the help!
6/25/13 10:28 PM
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Hey- I'll make it quick. Wife bought one last year, Mac book retina with the nvidia chip. I had her get the chip since I thought it would be good for gaming.

It's average for gaming. Definitely not a good replacement. My Alienware laptop blew it away in performance.

It will run wow great, but none of the graphic heavy games like battlefield or a tomb raider/ far cry at ultra. Maybe medium with shadows turned off.

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6/26/13 12:16 AM
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Hey bud, I have a MacBook Pro retina and wouldn't recommend it for newer games, it drains the battery pretty quick, and it hears up like a mofo if you play games on it for an extended period( 45 mins of civ 5) and it was getting up there heat wise. Still heated up when on ac power. Think your better off getting a windows 7 lappy if you can, make sure the cooling is good as well. Phone Post 3.0
6/26/13 9:55 AM
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6/26/13 1:11 PM
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if you are serious about playing a lot of games, get a PC. Even the best laptop cannot stand repeated marathon gaming sessions.  imo, if you go with a laptop it is gonna overheat and burn out within a year or 2.

also, choosing mac for gaming is going to make your life more complicated.

6/27/13 3:06 PM
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Edited: 06/27/13 3:07 PM
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imo build a home pc for gaming, shop the mac for business.

the pc can go piecemeal so you can shop s-mart.  you can build a beast over a couple of months just by spreading out your parts purchases.  All parts get cheaper as the days go by.  So I would just plan and build slow.  Measure twice, cut once.  Same thing in the pc world.  

 

Look at top end pre built systems and buy them piece by piece.  youll save more than a few hundred on the back end.


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