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Hi All,

Thanks for your help and suggestions on my other thread. I have a new question: if I wanted to run both Mac and Windows on my new Mac (which I haven't bought yet), what specs would I need in the new Mac? My husband has several games that are only made for PCs, so I am interested to know what kind of hardware and specs I would need on a new Mac, and if it would be too expensive. Thank you again for your help!
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You can't run them both at the same time and play games. The software won't support the 3D technology you need. You can get Parallels, but it only supports DirectX 8, which the latest games won't be able to use.

I think just about any Mac can run them both. I don't have any experience though...
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The only Spec you need in order to run Bootcamp, which enables you to run Windows natively is an Intel processor. In order to know what specs (RAM, VRAM, etc) you'll need to play the windows games you'll need to check each games system requirements. You'll be safe getting and iMac or MacBook Pro to play most any windows games.
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Hi All,

Thanks for your help and suggestions on my other thread. I have a new question: if I wanted to run both Mac and Windows on my new Mac (which I haven't bought yet), what specs would I need in the new Mac? My husband has several games that are only made for PCs, so I am interested to know what kind of hardware and specs I would need on a new Mac, and if it would be too expensive. Thank you again for your help!
All you need is a Mac with an Intel Processor. Apple has already migrated their entire line of computers to Intel processors, so that shouldnt even be a problem.
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And it depends on what game(s). If he's trying to play the newest stuff on a macbook with an integrated gpu, it's not going to to turn out very good.

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how much would it be (price wise) to have windows xp on my mac

i know bootcamp is free?!!!!!!!1 right............
well how about windows xp, do they even sell that anymore, havent been to best buy in a long time
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you can go to NewEgg.com and get the Windows XP OEM Version for $89.99 which is a heck of a lot cheaper than when u get from Best Buy. and thats all you need besides of course Boot Camp.
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so all i would have to buy would be Windows Xp OEM version, which i have no idea what it stands for but if it works dont really care, thanx bro, i was looking in Google Products and found it
MS Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
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Retail Price: $350.00
Our Price: $59.95
which is not bad i guess. can any of you check it out and tell me if thats what i need please

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If your husband wants to play games I wouldn't reccomend him playing them on a Mac unless he wants to experience the slowest gaming experience since the Nintendo 64.
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If your husband wants to play games I wouldn't reccomend him playing them on a Mac unless he wants to experience the slowest gaming experience since the Nintendo 64.
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why should they badn him, thats his opinion let him just be......thats some comunist **** if they ban him cuz of that, what you need to do is giving knowledge of how games run a mac, is no secret that if you want or if you are a hardcore games u should stick to pc, alienware is a good product, if u dont mind windows and the freeaing and the viruses etc
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He's a troll - different from a genuine member posting an opinion.

The name WindowsMaster gives a clue.
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Yh, he's just speaking the truth, macs are not good for hardcore gamers.
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If your husband wants to play games I wouldn't reccomend him playing them on a Mac unless he wants to experience the slowest gaming experience since the Nintendo 64.
Utter nonsense. Who let you out on your own?

I'm playing Oblivion and Tomb Raider on my iMac without problems. Which Mac have you played recently-released games on in order to back up your "opinion?"

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Yh, he's just speaking the truth, macs are not good for hardcore gamers.
Define "hardcore?"

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