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Topic   What's the minimum setup I could get by with to play any game on STEAM?

cblake78
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7-Dec-2017(#1)
I'm a console gamer. Wanting to play some of the PC exclusives, so what are some good options for me?

I have a MacBook Pro (2015/2016 model) w/ 8gb ram...but I've heard Macs don't run Steam very well.
Finn
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7-Dec-2017(#2)
A few questions:

What does it have for a video card?

Do you know if the games you want to play all run on the Mac OS?

if not, do you have a copy of windows you can load on your mac?



cblake78
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* 7-Dec-2017(#3)
Finn wrote:
> A few questions:
>
> What does it have for a video card?
>
> Do you know if the games you want to play all run on the Mac OS?
>
> if not, do you have a copy of windows you can load on your mac?
>
>
>
>

Either an AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU or Intel Iris Graphics 6100 GPU

I can sideload Windows if need be.
theJaw
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* 7-Dec-2017(#4)
To play PC exclusives, you'd need a PC. Or yah, sideload Windows - but I dunno if that would help with gaming so much as just mirror a windows OS. I think for the most part, it's the hardware and not the software that enables the bigger exclusives to run on PC but I'm no expert.

Otherwise, there aren't nearly as many choices on Steam for Mac as there are for PC, but my Macbook Air handles the indie games on Steam flawlessly. Pixel art stuff should be fine. Been playing Death Road to Canada on my Mac lately.
Finn
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* 7-Dec-2017(#5)
theJaw wrote:
> To play PC exclusives, you'd need a PC. Or yah, sideload Windows - but I dunno if
> that would help with gaming so much as just mirror a windows OS. I think for the
> most part, it's the hardware and not the software that enables the bigger exclusives
> to run on PC but I'm no expert.
>
> Otherwise, there aren't nearly as many choices on Steam for Mac as there are for
> PC, but my Macbook Air handles the indie games on Steam flawlessly. Pixel art stuff
> should be fine. Been playing Death Road to Canada on my Mac lately.

@cblake78


Mac's will you allow to install a Windows OS and the should all come with a windows disk that has all the right drivers.. I know my Old macpro did and it was a 2011 model. Virtual box will not work as it will not recognize the video card, so it's a rather useless option for gaming.

Steam does have a bunch of games that will support the Mac OS, as Jaw mentioned indies play well. I did not mind my Macbook pro for the most part but it just sucked for gaming. It handled Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and WoW maybe not on the highest settings (WoW had to have most things turned down) but they ran.

Depending on how badly you want to play PC games I would recommend maybe looking into a PC laptop... with Christmas pretty close I see Bestbuy having a lot of flash deals (up here anyway) and I am not sure if you guys have boxing day (or something like it) the day after Christmas but it may be worth looking into.




PlayYing
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7-Dec-2017(#6)
Alienware alpha - i5 or better, you can actually side load a graphics card in a add on unit once you have the $$$$
Finn
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* 7-Dec-2017(#7)
You tend to overpay for Alienware though, if you were looking at Dell the XPS line is spendy but the inspiron gaming line is not that bad, it has the exhaust shooting out the back instead of the bottom which is really good for cooling. In the end though Alienware - XPS is Dell and I would personally only ever buy a Dell if it was the last option.

Honestly MSI or a Asus ROG are a good option... every once in awhile you can find a really good deal on a ROG! I seen a decent one for $800 Canadian about a year ago that I regret not picking up. Also don't look away from Lenovo.





Missile
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7-Dec-2017(#8)
unless you like the oh so buttery smooth frame rate of 15fps or maybe even less since it's a mac, you better get a PC tower with a dedicated graphics card.

Topic   What's the minimum setup I could get by with to play any game on STEAM?