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    so is there ANY way to put a video card in macbook yet?
    So i just god COD4 for my macbook and it runs OK but only on Junk settings and the cutscenes lag beyond belief. Now first of all i payed 1000 dollars for this thing in 06, only one year before COD4 came out, for the money i should get more than enough power to run COD4 on optimal settings, it only shows that the people who designed this thing were REALLY stingy. second of all the fact that there is no option to upgrade the graphics is just ridiculous. If there is ANY video card that somehow works for macbook or a way to make one work please inform me. If not then this is just adding to my list of reasons to switch back to PC, seriously for the price i paid for this i could probably buy two PCs that run both Modern Warfare games better.

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    If you want to play games on your machine, then a higher end PC is the answer. As to your question, I've been keeping my eyes open for any kind of video card upgrade for my MBP, and so far I haven't seen anything out there.

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    '06 Macbook has crappy intel GMA for video chip, you have your answer.

    Vanilla Macbooks, although they are great notebooks for basic office/multimedia stuff, are not gaming machines. It's pretty obvious for anyone the least bit familiar with computers that you'll never be able to run any recent games at reasonable settings on them. Same could be said about PC notebooks in the same range.

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    Do you honestly expect that the time at which you purchase a machine determines what you can do with a machine? With that logic, I should be able to play Crysis because I got my machine after it was released. The fact that you're logic for purchasing a machine was based solely on monetary value and not on system specs is not Apple's fault.

    And, because I would like to see this, please show me what two machines you can purchase for under $1000 (combined) that will play both Modern Warfare games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackflag91 View Post
    So i just god COD4 for my macbook and it runs OK but only on Junk settings and the cutscenes lag beyond belief. Now first of all i payed 1000 dollars for this thing in 06, only one year before COD4 came out, for the money i should get more than enough power to run COD4 on optimal settings, it only shows that the people who designed this thing were REALLY stingy. second of all the fact that there is no option to upgrade the graphics is just ridiculous. If there is ANY video card that somehow works for macbook or a way to make one work please inform me. If not then this is just adding to my list of reasons to switch back to PC, seriously for the price i paid for this i could probably buy two PCs that run both Modern Warfare games better.
    It's really nobody's fault but you're own, it's well known that Mac's aren't strong in games, although should you choose to stick with Mac, and play games, I strongly recommend the MacBook Pro.

    Mine plays COD MW 2 without any probs on medium settings...

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    Apple already underclocks their ATI cards in the MacBook Pro's in order to deal with heat issues. I seriously doubt they'd allow users to mod their video cards in any way, shape or form. Can you imagine the idiots lining up in the Apple stores wondering why their logic boards melted ?

    "But I only overclocked the thing to go 5 times faster.. It's not like it was say, 10 times faster ! "

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    In what world can you change the video card on a laptop? maybe... MAYBE if it wasn't part of the board, you might be able to upgrade it... however that isn't the case in many low end laptops (re: macbook).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingcommander40 View Post
    '06 Macbook has crappy intel GMA for video chip, you have your answer.

    Vanilla Macbooks, although they are great notebooks for basic office/multimedia stuff, are not gaming machines. It's pretty obvious for anyone the least bit familiar with computers that you'll never be able to run any recent games at reasonable settings on them. Same could be said about PC notebooks in the same range.

    Don't be mad at Apple or at your computer, just be mad at yourself for not buying the right computer for your needs.
    most PCs under 1000 can play COD4.

    the good news is with some tweaking of the graphics i can get COD4 to run reasonably well without too much lag, im lucky that its a very tweak able game.

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    Um... no... the logic board has an nvidia integrated solution soldered to it. If you wanted to play games, especially CoD, then you should have gotten a desktop, bonehead! Even so called "gaming laptops" are stupid investments, because they're laptops. At work we talk about this all the time. They have Asus machines (and some others, but Asus is the way to go) that have an NVIDIA chip with 1GB of GDR3 RAM available to them, but it's still a laptop... why don't you invest in a nice black friday special deal and get a quad core desktop with a 1GB nvidia card in it for pretty cheap. Heck, it's not even black friday yet, and best buy is selling an HP with a core 2 quad and NVIDIA with 1GB for like 550 or 600, I can't remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackflag91 View Post
    most PCs under 1000 can play COD4.

    That's not what you originally said though. You said you could buy TWO PCs for the price of your Mac that could play COD4 at high settings. Please show us a PC that costs $500 that lets you play COD4 with the graphics cranked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    That's not what you originally said though. You said you could buy TWO PCs for the price of your Mac that could play COD4 at high settings. Please show us a PC that costs $500 that lets you play COD4 with the graphics cranked up.
    my friend had a laptop that ran MW2 quite nicely on medium settings, it was way under 1000, maybe i was exagerating with the 500 dollar thing. but what the other guy said that most PCs at the same priceline as a macbook arent capable which just not true

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    Care to provide a make and model? What you have told us is based on anecdotal evidence and without a make and model, it's hard to believe that really cheap computers can play those games really well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Care to provide a make and model? What you have told us is based on anecdotal evidence and without a make and model, it's hard to believe that really cheap computers can play those games really well.
    The truth is there aren't any. Anytime you start comparing a PC notebook to a Mac notebook and the specs for the PC are the same as or near what the Mac has, you can bet the price range is almost the same.

    I've done extensive shopping around (even in military exchange outlets where prices are more competitive) and have compared top of the line Sony, HP, and Dell notebooks to a MacBook Pro. There's very little difference in price and the MBP has a nice solid aluminum body which most of the others do not have.

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    I think we already established that the OP exaggerated and that notebooks are not ideal for gaming. No need to continue grilling him.

    If you seriously want to game make your own gaming rig. I know for sure you can make a Windows gaming rig for under 1k to play games. You can probably make one for less even, but there will be sacrifices.

    There are actually notebooks where you "upgrade" the GPU. It's one of those DYI gaming notebooks, however the selection is very limiting.
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