9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2008 9:20 PM by flommer
MacNoob4u Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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
  • Serpentor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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 (4,680 points)
    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 (70 points)
    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 (0 points)
    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 (20 points)
    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 (0 points)
    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 (1,410 points)
    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 (0 points)
    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 (170 points)
    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.