Mac gaming with a windows partition

#1 Posted by michaeldunne (6 posts) -

Hey everyone, just switched to Mac and I was thinking about making a windows partition on my hard drive cus I've got a tonne of games on steam, but it has an intel graphics card, and I'm wondering if it's worth the hard drive space if it doesn't have a NVIDIA card, I wouldn't be running anything to graphics heavy but most games don't specify if they run on intel, would really appreciate some insight into this topic

thanks

#2 Edited by AjayRaz (12389 posts) -

i'm on a mac with a windows partition and it works fine for what i want. i didn't buy a mac with the intention of hardcore PC gaming but i can play some games here and there. Team Fortress 2 is probably the most graphically intense game that i intend on playing and it runs perfectly.

if you're worried about hard drive space, it's probably worth it if you intend on playing games on some sort of regular basis. i put aside like, 80 gb of space or something and it's worked out fine for me considering all of my videos, songs, images, etc. are all on my Macintosh HD (which you can access from Windows). everything i've tried running works fine on the Intel HD 4000 (or something) that my Macbook has.

#3 Edited by michaeldunne (6 posts) -

Yeah I didn't intend on buying the mac for gaming either, but it still would be nice to play some of the old games from my PC that don't support OSX, thanks man!

#4 Edited by Dylabaloo (1549 posts) -
@michaeldunne: I've been doing this with my MacBook Pro as a solution for crappy Mac gaming support and its been working like a charm. The most intensive game i've played was X-Com and when put it to low settings it ran as smooth as butter which made me very happy. 
 
My specs are: 

Processor  2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 

 

Memory  4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 

 

Graphics  Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB 

 
Now i'd recommend partitioning it by a good big chunk, it's a huge hassle to change it down the line without deleting all your data, my 70gb partition is almost full and I only have 3 games installed! 
#5 Posted by killacam (1282 posts) -

@Dylabaloo: so how much of that 70 gigs does the OS take up?

#6 Posted by mlarrabee (2758 posts) -
  • If you have an integrated Intel graphics card along with four Gigabytes of RAM, upgrade to eight Gigs.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1199951

  • Never underestimate how much hard disk space you'll need. I futilely spent two full weeks fighting with my 2011 13" and tried a dozen different programs in an attempt to non-destructively modify my partitions.
  • If some of those old games you mentioned are DOS, you can't get easier or prettier than Boxer.
#7 Edited by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

@michaeldunne said:

Hey everyone, just switched to Mac and I was thinking about making a windows partition on my hard drive cus I've got a tonne of games on steam, but it has an intel graphics card, and I'm wondering if it's worth the hard drive space if it doesn't have a NVIDIA card, I wouldn't be running anything to graphics heavy but most games don't specify if they run on intel, would really appreciate some insight into this topic

thanks

I game on my 13" MacBook Pro (from 2012, 2.5ghz, Intel HD 4000, 8gb ram) and it works just fine. I play Saints Row 3, Half Life 2, Mass Effect 2, and all kinds of crap without the slightest problem. I did buy a cooling pad because the MacBook gets pretty hot while gaming.

You'll be fine.

Also I made the Windows partition like 60gb, but all of my Steam games are installed to an external HD which is nice and it works just fine that way.

#8 Posted by amir90 (2134 posts) -

Intel GPU? Hmm, that probably won't perform well :p

#9 Edited by Dylabaloo (1549 posts) -

@killacam said:

@Dylabaloo: so how much of that 70 gigs does the OS take up?

"At least 16 GB of free space on the disk onto which you’re installing for 32-bit, or 20 GB for 64-bit (for Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications)." According to the official Bootcamp support page.

#10 Posted by michaeldunne (6 posts) -

Sweet! gonna bootcamp tomorrow, thanks everyone for the support!

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