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Hi, after college I intend to do graphic design and web design. I am looking into buying a mac pro. I understand they are super powerful, and I would holding off to see will there be a 2013 model. I have a gaming PC getting a bit old and was thinking off selling it. To put the money together for the Mac Pro. I know that Mac OS X can run Windows through Mac. In theory can a Mac Pro run like a gaming PC.

asked Feb 10 '13 at 14:24

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If you put Windows on it, yes you can run it exactly like your old gaming PC.

answered Feb 10 '13 at 15:18

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So all my games at present and futre will work. with the windows side of things

(Feb 10 '13 at 15:53) Declan Declan's gravatar image

If you run in Boot camp then it will work as it would on Windows

(Feb 10 '13 at 16:36) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Some games will run in OS X some won't. For gaming, install Windows (7 or 8 either works) and run all your games from that. Admittedly, it is a small pain to reboot every time you want to play a game but what can you do.

(Feb 10 '13 at 16:44) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

What do u mean its a small pain rebooting. Going from different OS is it

(Feb 10 '13 at 16:57) Declan Declan's gravatar image

You can't switch to a completely different OS without a reboot.

(Feb 10 '13 at 17:23) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I understand that, was that what u ment in your other comment.

(Feb 10 '13 at 17:28) Declan Declan's gravatar image

Basically you'd have two OS's on your Mac Pro. Everytime you boot it, or restart it, it'll ask if you want to boot into OS X (Mac) or Windows.

The pain is that to switch between them, you will have to reboot again.

(Feb 10 '13 at 18:50) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

Thanks for explaining it man. One more question. Do u have to partition your Mac OS X drive or could u install windows in a different hard drive bay.

(Feb 10 '13 at 18:58) Declan Declan's gravatar image

I believe you can install it on a different hard drive if you want. But that drive will need to be formatted for use with Windows.

(Feb 10 '13 at 19:13) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image
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I would wait until June to purchase a Mac Pro, because it's rumored that they will be refreshed then. I say wait, because if the Mac Pro is refreshed, it will get better graphics options. Currently, you would be stuck with a Radeon HD 5770 or 5870. Those cards aren't bad, but I can't justify the price of a computer whose parts haven't changed in over two years.

I'm sure that if you wait until around June, the Mac Pro will be refreshed and you'll be able to have graphics like the Radeon HD 8770, 8870, or possibly even the 8970 (these cards haven't been released yet, but should be released most likely next month or in April).

answered Feb 11 '13 at 07:49

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edited Feb 11 '13 at 07:51

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