High-end Mac versus gaming PC

By gregam
Feb 10, 2014
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  1. Hi,

    I reviewed the forum but could not find exactly what I was looking for. I am a computer user not a builder. I am considering a high end Mac

    • 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
    • 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4X8GB
    • 3TB Fusion Drive
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5
    This is like $3.3k USD. Will I get as much out of this as say a high end alien ware desktop? I am a geezer and prefer the Mac for the all in one design and aesthetics. I usually keep my Mac's for about 5 years then get a new one. Given I'm not price sensitive and my concerns, will I get as good a gaming experience on this as I would a high end gaming PC?

  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    The higher resolution of the iMac will mean you definitely won't be able to max out all games. Also, there's not many games to start with - Steam is probably your best resource here.

    I, along with anyone else here, cannot recommend an iMac for you, unless:
    - You desperately need OSX.
    - You need an All-in-one form factor for some unknown reason.

    $3.3K is laughably-high, and more than enough to buy parts and pay someone to build it for you. For comparison, $800 parts (<$1000 including building fee) will demolish the above iMac in gaming.
    hopgop1 likes this.

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