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Gaming on the Imac Corei7, 3,3ghz. Recommended?

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#1 obfan9

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 03:24 AM

As the title says...
I'm thinking of buying the Imac 21,5" corei7, 3,3ghz.
I'll both use for gaming as well as editing stuff.
My question is... Will it be able to run games like WoW, Company of Heroes etc?
as far as my research goes, there are numerous answers for this question

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 05:15 AM

I have the 4K/i5 version of this machine, but it has the same graphics hardware (Intel Iris Pro 6200).

What are your expectations? I play WoW on it at 1920x1080, with settings mostly at good or high, and 4xFSAA, and it plays reasonably well (30-60 fps usually). It's not a gaming powerhouse though. And it gets hot while playing..the fan is very noticeable.
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Posted 14 February 2016 - 07:36 AM

No current 21" iMac is recommendable for gaming IMO, due to the integrated card. It won't be a future investment for sure, when it comes to gaming.
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Posted 15 February 2016 - 08:10 AM

If you like the 21.5" iMac but would like some more GPU power I would look into getting one of the older models on the refurbished store. They come with full warranty (and the option to purchase Apple Care for extended warranty) and will have a bit more GPU power.

Link to USA refurb store: http://www.apple.com...als/mac/imac/21

Look for one with an Nvidia GPU.
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Posted 15 February 2016 - 02:38 PM

View PostSneaky Snake, on 15 February 2016 - 08:10 AM, said:

If you like the 21.5" iMac but would like some more GPU power I would look into getting one of the older models on the refurbished store. They come with full warranty (and the option to purchase Apple Care for extended warranty) and will have a bit more GPU power.

Link to USA refurb store: http://www.apple.com...als/mac/imac/21

Look for one with an Nvidia GPU.

Thanks for great answers! really useful.
It more appropriate for gaming with the Nvidia GPU?
thinking of the difference between the refurbished Imac 3.1ghz core i5 retina 4k and refurbished Imac 2.9ghz with Nvidia Geforce?


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 03:45 PM

Now that I look at the benchmarks it looks like the Nvidia 750M and the Intel HD 6200 are nearly identical in performance, so that being said I would go with the 3.1 GHz 4K model.

You won't be able to run games at 4K, but 4K will look nicer for general computer use. For games just drop the resolution down to 1080p and you should be fine.
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