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Mac Pro for Windows Gaming - Right OS and Gaming on a Xeon

by wzevonfan / November 9, 2009 12:15 AM PST

I am considering getting a Mac Pro to use as a sort of all purpose machine. My wife is a creative professional who will leverage the power of the Mac Pro and her MacBook Pro is a little dated. I have a 5 year old dell that has hit the wall. I can no longer upgrade hardware to keep up with todays titles and would like to get one new machine that will meet both our needs.

My question is whether anyone is running a Mac Pro with a Xeon in a dual boot environment (or with boot camp)? Are you having trouble running games on a Xeon? Generally, I am running Civ 3 & 4, Call of Duty, Neverwinter Nights 2, Age of Empires, FarCry, etc..... I am nervous since this is a server processor / architecture and I am looking for home computing. Additionally, what version of Windows will I need, 64 bit or 32 bit? I am not familiar with requirements for the Xeons.

Any help and/or thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. It would be much cheeper to get one Mac Pro than a new MacBook and a new PC. Thanks in advance.

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