Will there be a big difference for gaming? Also the more powerful i7 is it any better than the new ps4 or xboxone ?
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I wouldn't buy a mac at all for gaming, I'd buy a Win machine.
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I agree. The Mac market is geared towards productivity. If you're buying a computer primarily for gaming, then it's the wrong platform. It's like buying sportscar and complaining that it's rubbish off-road.
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As above: Macs are not machines for gamers, really....
PC-wise, an i5 is just as good for gaming as an i7. Games (so far) do not really take advantage of the extra thread capability of the i7 (4 physical cores, plus hyper-threading to give 8 threads, whereby the i5 does not have HT, so four cores, four threads). Certain tasks- mainly specialist productivity and video editing software- are often a fair bit quicker with an i7, but for gaming and general day-to-day use, an i5 is certainly plently for most people.
Spend the difference (about £100) on a better discrete GPU...
EDIT and technically, even a midrange PC, if set up correctly, will be capable of stomping the latest consoles- which are about a generation behind in terms of graphics chipsets.
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You can set up a Mac to dual-boot into either Mac OS X or Windows - and/or Linux using Apple's Bootcamp, so you can run Windows games natively.
You can also use somthing like WINE to run Windows games, although WINE's a bit more complex to set up and use.
An Xbox One, PS4 or PC will have a lot more games!
most games nowadays rely on the gpu, not so much the cpu.
Anyhoo, as has already been mentioned, if you want to game, you're better of with a windows pc, mainly due to the amount of games and bang for buck you're going to get. If you try doing it on a mac, you'll just end up disappointed.
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