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Posted 14 April 2005 - 05:05 AM

I was wondering how would a 1.8GHz iMac stand up with the latest games, such as Doom 3 and WoW.
Would it make at least a decent game machine?
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Posted 14 April 2005 - 06:11 AM

The real achilles' heel of the iMac is its video subsystem -- the graphics chip is, without a doubt, not as good as it could be. That will hamper the display of graphics and the frame rates of some games, especially more resource-intensive ones like Doom 3.
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Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:45 AM

So we can count out Doom 3. Those of you who own an iMac, how is your gaming experience?
And as far as Macs go, which is the best computer I can get as long as its not an expensive PowerMac? My iMac DV needs to be replaced. /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
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Posted 14 April 2005 - 11:11 AM

Don't count out Doom 3, actually -- you just can't run the game with the same level of detail and expect the same frame rates, but it actually scales pretty decently.
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Posted 15 April 2005 - 04:47 AM

So we can count in Doom 3 again, but not to expect much. How about WoW and other modern games?
And about how much time would the iMac endure before becoming obsolete?
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Posted 16 April 2005 - 11:52 AM

so would you suggest an iMac as a good gaming machine for someone on a budget? i'm torn between a 17" iMac & a 12" PB. With the exception of screen size, what more am i getting with the iMac.
P.S. the reason why i want 12" PB is to replace my Pismo.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:02 AM

What a lot of Mac people appear to do is this: get the Mac you want, whichever one it is. Then spend about $200 and get a console. I finally did this, even during my PC days, for the following reasons:
1. The games just work. Put in the disk. Hit reset. Away you go.
2. No drivers, no versioning issues, no interminable downloading of patches.
3. My TV makes a fine display device for console games...at 65" /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
4. Plug into your stereo. Nice /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
The only real downsides are:
1. Some games don't work as well on a controller as they do on a keyboard/mouse. I got used to this real quick, though.
The one nice upside about having something like an XBox is getting some games that ship for Windows, but never get ported. I hear Half Life 2 is coming up later this year.
On the Mac, I run WoW on a 1.6 GHz PowerMac G5 with very few problems, but some occasional stutter when entering new areas. It's a RAM hungry game, though.
Unreal Tournament 2004 runs okay on most maps, but ones with large open spaces really craps out my framerate.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:51 AM

good advice. i think i'll take a run down to my local Apple store and see if they'll let me test-drive a game on an iMac, then on a PB.
can the 12" PB drive non-Apple monitors?
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:46 PM

Thanks for your reply. I think I'll be getting an iMac after all. I fell in love with its design since I saw it. Although probably I'll wait for the newer models to come out, which is expected within a month.
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Posted 19 April 2005 - 05:32 AM

Short answer: Yes, the 12" PowerBook can drive non-apple monitors.
Slightly longer answer: The 12" has a proprietary "mini-DVI" port, along with an adapter that will let you plug a DVI monitor into it, and a another adapter to hook up a VGA monitor.
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