9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2008 9:20 PM by flommer
MacNoob4u Level 1 Level 1
I am looking to get a mac that can play games pretty well (probably more World of Warcraft). Anyone have a set-up like this or know if it would run well on high settings?

Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (8-core)
4GB (4 x 1GB)
500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB (Two dual-link DVI)
One 16x SuperDrive
AirPort Extreme card (Wi-Fi)
Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) + Mac OS X
iWork '08 preinstalled

MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 2.0Ghz, 1 Gig. of RAM, 80 Gig. HD
Solved by Russian Passion on Jan 17, 2008 12:14 PM Solved
I am running WOW on 1G Mac Pro 8 Core with 4gigs or RAM and X1900ATi at max settings and the game looks and works like a champ. I played the game for 2 years on various PC's and was never able to max all the settings out.

Also, the built in QT WOW movie capture feature is awesome...
Reply by Simon Teale on Jan 17, 2008 11:02 AM Helpful
If it's just for current games, like WoW, buy a PC.

If it's something to run current software and all future software exceptionally fast for the next 4-5 years, get the Mac Pro.
Reply by Design by Jeff on Jan 17, 2008 9:04 PM Helpful
That machine would be great for WoW.
I would suggest not getting the Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse for Gaming, they both look great but performance from wired will always be better. Plus the wireless keyboard does not have a numeric keypad, which I use all the time in WoW. I'd recommend the usb model keyboard and getting a better preforming mouse like the Razer Pro v1.6 Mouse.

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  • Serpentor Level 1 Level 1
    I run WOW on an ancient 2007 model with the stock 7300gt card with all settings maxed and the game runs great!
  • Simon Teale Level 5 Level 5
    If it's just for current games, like WoW, buy a PC.

    If it's something to run current software and all future software exceptionally fast for the next 4-5 years, get the Mac Pro.
  • Russian Passion Level 1 Level 1
    I am running WOW on 1G Mac Pro 8 Core with 4gigs or RAM and X1900ATi at max settings and the game looks and works like a champ. I played the game for 2 years on various PC's and was never able to max all the settings out.

    Also, the built in QT WOW movie capture feature is awesome...
  • peyou Level 1 Level 1
    I also play WoW on my mac pro without any problem.
    It works fine under windows & mac os.
    But, as 8800 GT is not compatible with first generation, i'm a little concerned for next games ...
  • Design by Jeff Level 1 Level 1
    That machine would be great for WoW.
    I would suggest not getting the Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse for Gaming, they both look great but performance from wired will always be better. Plus the wireless keyboard does not have a numeric keypad, which I use all the time in WoW. I'd recommend the usb model keyboard and getting a better preforming mouse like the Razer Pro v1.6 Mouse.
  • Cormac Foster Level 1 Level 1
    In my experience, WoW runs just fine on anything with 2 gigs of RAM and a good video card. I play it on a PC now, since I had to swap for work, but I had an old silver door G4 with 2 GB RAM, and even that ran fine, once I swapped in a real card with 512 MB. Not great, but fine. Any modern Mac desktop with a good card will pretty much kick butt.
  • ericmeyers Level 4 Level 4
    I play WOW on a first gen Mac Pro with only a 7300 (1680x1050). No problems at all. Though I hated the Mighty Mouse and replaced with Logitech MX Revolution.
  • smokin_head_cheese Level 1 Level 1
    I have the same system you are describing here - with the exception of having wired keyboard and a logitech usb gaming mouse. I play WoW at 2560 x 1600 on my Dell 30" with ALL settings maxed and it is smoking fast, even with a bunch of other apps open ( i use Spaces to switch out).

    I also Boot Camp into XP and play BF2142 and CoD4 80fps with 2x AA and all other settings max.

    I should mention that it is VERY quiet too.


    it's a great rig...
  • flommer Level 2 Level 2
    2nd that recommendation.. I got the aluminum USB keyboard for Christmas because of WOW.. Wore out the old plastic one.. I use the numeric keypad for all my abilities so the wireless wasn't even an option. I also have a Razer Copperhead mouse and its the way to go.. (any good gaming mouse anyway, not just Razer) Mighty mouse will not cut it for WOW (or any twitch game I guess)

    1st gen Macpro by the way, no problems AFTER Apple sent me a replacement for the original 1900xt.