I switched over to a Mid 2010 iMac from a Windows 7 PC in May last year. Since then, one of the things that I have missed a bit are the games. At this time, I want to recommission my Windows 7 PC, it's got a Core i5 and a decent graphics card. So I have a few options
Option 1: Stick Windows 7 in a virtual PC using Parallels
Option 2: Put Windows 7 on the Mac using boot camp
Option 3: Use my mac in targeted display mode using the mini display port on the back of my mac. Would I be able to do this if my graphics card has a DVI port or would I have to get a card with a Mini display port?
what would be the best option?
Please reply soon,
Answer by trueb · Feb 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM
"Option 1: Stick Windows 7 in a virtual PC using Parallels" - Maybe not for gaming, virtual PCs tend to be a little slow.
"Option 2: Put Windows 7 on the Mac using boot camp" - i would go with this one, that way you are only running mac or windows. but you cannot switch between them as much
"Option 3: Use my mac in targeted display mode using the mini display port on the back of my mac. Would I be able to do this if my graphics card has a DVI port or would I have to get a card with a Mini display port?" - I could not tell you on that one...
Answer by lhamil64 · Feb 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
What model is your Mac? The 2011 iMacs supposedly only work with Thunderbolt equipped macs. So that would prevent you from using your Windows machine with it. But, if you have an older iMac, then it should work. Do you have a Mini display to DVI adapter? If so, I'd just try it and see if it works. From some Googling, it looks like it would work with DVI if you can get your hands an an adapter.
If it were me though, I'd probably just install Windows via BootCamp (assuming you already have a copy of Windows that you can use to install it, otherwise it might just be cheaper to buy some adapters and see if they work for target display mode).
I've never really done any of these methods though, I just Googled about target display mode.
Answer by Adiman423 · Mar 28, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Thank you all so much for your feedback. I have decided to go down the route of putting my mac in targeted display mode. I would go down the boot camp route, but I don't feel happy with the idea of partitioning the hard drive on my mac. Virtual Machines are OK, but they are not ideal for gaming.