Steam Hardware Survey: Mac Gamers Have More RAM, Faster Processors...Or Do They?



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Q6600 2.4 GHx Quad Core

5.5 GB DDR2 RAM (In the middle of buying more)

NVIDIA GTS 8600 OC with 768 MB of RAM

500W ThermalTake Power Supply

The rest is stock from the HP Media Center PC 8120n I bought 3 years ago and upgraded overtime


Building a new PC soon!!!!



Phenom II X3 - Overclocked to 3.4ghz




 Alienware M11x with 4GB DDR3 



Currently, I am only rocking my Alienware m11x. 

1.7ghz Intel Pentium Dual Core ULV
2gb DDR3
320gb HD 7200rpm
Nvidia Geforce 335m
All in a nice petite 11" package.

At home I have a
3.0ghz Athlon II X2
4gb DDR2 800mhz (CAS 4)
500gb Seagate 7200.12
Nvidia 9600 GT

What can I say? I'm a poor college student...

I'll take this year's dream machine? Plz :-) 



2.1 GHz Athlon64 X2 

Radeon HD 3200


I use Steam on this thing and I just got it this year lol 



Also... iMac 2.4 GHz Core2 Duo


Radeon HD 2600 :D

Life is like a box of chocolates, except you can't eat life.

My deviantART: 



My rig may not be the best or fastest in the world by any means but its mine and it's done me proud thus far.  I'd take it over ANY Mac ANY day. 

Windows 7 x64

AsRock A790GXH/128M

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ (Windsor) @ 2.93 GHz


4GB DDR2 800 OCZ Reaper HPC

EVGA 9600 GT 512MB

WD Caviar Black 500GB

Pioneer 20X DVD Burner

BFG Tech 550W Modular PSU

ThermalTake Soprano RS Case

Acer P223 monitor



I use Steam and here is my PC specs.

AMD Athlon II x4 2.8 GHz

Asus Radeon HD 5770 1GB

4 GB A-Data RAM

750 GB HDD

Plextor DVD Burner

Antec 600 Case with a 450 watt Thermotake PSU



Intel Dual Core 2.66

4 GB DDR 2

2.5 TB Storage across 3 disks, all at 7200 rpm

2X nVidia 8800GT in SLI

22 inch 3D monitor and nVidia 3d package

Find me a Mac that can play Crysis.... or one with dual video cards!  HA!



I'd like to see a Mac that can hang with this build, let alone for under $1000!  A Quad core Mac Pro will violate you for more that $2400 STARTING! 


EVGA X58 E758-A1 3-Way SLI

Intel Core i7 920 spec D @ 2.6GHz*

6GB (3 x 2GB) OZC Gold DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)*

BFG Nvidia GTX260 Max Core 55**

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX PSU

*I intend to OC the rig, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet due to a GPU issue.  How far do you think I can push it and keep it stable on air?

**Since BFG's announcement to that they are getting out of the GPU business their customer service has really declined.   Basically, if you have a GPU, they will "support" it, but you are stuck with that card, no replacements.  I bought an XFX ATI 5770 for use in the interim until  I can figure out my GTX260 issue.    

I think in the next couple of months I will throw in a Sliverstone HHD Boost with an OCZ 60G SSD.



i had my i7 860 running at 3.9ghz stable with a cooler master hyper 212+.  i run it at 3.79ghz though.  I would be willing to bet you could get the 920 in the same ballpark as that.

A friend of mine has that motherboard with a 920 and can only get his up to 3.6ghz with a corsair h50 (we think there is something wrong with his motherboard though)



thats a 4870x2



thats a 4870x2



Antec 1200

Corsair 1000 watt power supply

8 gigs Corsair Domiantor 1600

Asus Crosshair 2

2 300 gig Raptors in Raid 0

1 1TB WD for storage

1 4890x2 video card

Soundblaster Xfi soundcard

Liteon Dvd burner

Gateway 30 inch extreme hd montior

I getting ready to start a new project soon



I am currently running


CPU: I7 920 (@3.5Ghz)

RAM: OCZ 12GB 1600 Mhz

Video: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870 XXX edition

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58-UD7

HDD: 1TB WD Caviar Black (eventually upgrading to a sata III SSD just don't have the money right now)

ODD: 2 Samsung DVD burners one with Lightscribe (at one point I believe they were on the "best of the best" list)

CPU Heatsink: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

Case: HAF 922

TV Tuner: ATI TV Wonder 650 PCIe version

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

PSU: 850W Ultra X3

Monitor: Acer P241W (looking to upgrade to tri monitor, once again though money is a large factor)



CPU - AMD Athlon X2 7750 @2.70GHz (about to upgrade to Phenom II X4 955BE)

GPU - GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB 320-bit GDDR5 (going to use my old 9800GT 1GB as a dedicated PhysX card as well when I get the new mobo)

RAM - 6GB DDR2@800MHz (about to upgrade to G.Skill 4GB DDR3@1600MHz)

HDD - WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM, WD Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM

MOBO - AMD 780G (about to upgrade to ASUS M4A785TD-V AMD 785G)

OS - Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Ubuntu 9.10 x64

Display - 22" ASUS VW224@1680x1050, 17" DELL E173FP@1280x1024


Yeah...the nice thing about being a Windows PC user is that I can replace any component I want to whenever I want.  Not to mention being capable of true overclocking, unlike the TurboBoost that Mac users now tout (which we've had for months).  You want your dual-core i7-620M to run at 4.5GHz, Monsieur iFruit?  Sorry, can't do that...


Long live Steam.



With everyone spitting out their rig details, I notices no one, myself included, talked about the power supply! Ha! I have a PCP&C 750W Silencer



With everyone spitting out their rig details, I noticed no one, myself included, talked about the power supply! Ha! I have a PCP&C 750W Silencer



oh crap you're right!

Antec TPQ 850 for me 



As others have pointed out, the comparison is really not a good one at all. That said, I can hardly pass up a chance to lord my specs over any Mac users out there :-P

The basics of my system:

Windows 7 x64
Asus P6T Deluxe v2
Intel Core i7 920 (2.66GHz quad)
12GB Corsair XMS3 RAM (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s HD
ATI Radeon 4870 1GB



AMD Phenom II Triple Core 720 Black Edition 

ASRock A780GXE/128M Motherboard

4 Gig Corsair XMS DDR 2

Saphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Coolermaster ATSC 840 Black Chassis

15$ Lite-On SATA DVD-RW drive :- D

M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Sound Card running to my home theater system

250 GB Seagate 7200.11

500 GB Seagate 7200.12

500 GB Seagate ES2

1TB Western Digital Caviar Green

32" Insignia LCD TV for my main monitor... 

22" Sansumng Syncmaster 220WM for my second Monitor

Can play pretty much every game MW2, BF2, Tropico 3 DIRT 2, Empire Total War :- ) at the native resolution of my 32" (1366X768) with the video settings maxed....  And most everything at good-best on my actual monitor at it's native res.




I would suspect that because there are so many more PC Steam users, it is more likely that there are "casual" users with older systems.  However, up until last year, I was still using a P4C system with 2 GB PC400 DDR.

My system:

Core i7 975 Extreme @ 4 GHz on air using custom turbo settings

12 GB Corsair Dominator PC12800

2 x EVGA GTX 275

MSI Eclipse Plus

Corsair 1000W PSU

Seagate 1.5 GB 7200 RPM HDD 

Soon to buy an Intel 160 GB SSD

Dell U2410 Monitor 



This is my computer. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Intel DX58SO Motherboard

i7 920 @ 2.67GHz CPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 x2

NEC MultiSync 90GX2 & Westinghouse LCM-19v7

3MB Corsair DDR3 RAM (CM3X1G1600C9)

Seagate 750GB (ST3750640AS) & 1TB (ST31000528AS) HDs


Logitech G19 LCD Keyboard (someday I need to learn to write a macro lol)

MS USB Trackball Explorer (I hope this never dies!)

Corsair TX850w power supply



Motherboard Asrock N68-S

CPU AMD Athlon II X2 240(overclocked to 3.21GHz)

Video Card Nvidia 8400GS(overclocked)

RAM 1GB Kingston currently (going to 4GB Kingston HyperX)

Audio VIA HD Audio

Display Dell 17" CRT

HDD Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM

Can play Modern Warfare 2 on medium to high





One thing to remember is that many of the games on Steam do not require a massive gaming rig to run them, you can play many on a netbook. This opens steam up to just about all PCs out there who want to run the less system intense games. So the comparison between the two groups is totally baseless in my opinion.


My Basic Specs:

Q6600 overclocked to 3.3GHz, 4GB ram, Intel 80gb SSD, 4890 powering 24" and 19" LCDs.



X4 965 Black Edition 3.4Ghz

Asus M4A79T Deluxe

4 Gigs of Patriot Viper Series DDR3

HIS 4890

750W Corsair

In a HAF 932 

Running Windows 7 Pro 64bit 

And a fat pipe. 100mbps via:



AMD Athlon Phenom II 940 @ 3.5GHz

4GB DDR 2 800

ATI Radeon HD4870 1GB overclocked

WD Velociraptor 80GB HDD

Seagate 250GB x2 HDD in RAID 0

1.2MB/s download

Us PC gamers don't need to buy a new computer every year in order to play our games, we get by with older hardware.  Also, I'd hope Mac users would be running beefier hardware as Apple convinces them to buy a new mac every 6 months (as they are very limited in what they can upgrade anyways).



 Not to mention, we can very easily pick up a new video card, or a new CPU and not worry about it not working with our existing setup.


-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-



I have been wondering about what mouse the avg mac steam user uses. I use an mx518 in an mx500 shell

i7 860 @ 3.8ghz (on air)
4gb dominator ddr3 @ 1800
asus p7p55d-e premium mobo
gtx260 core 216 (desperately needs an upgrade)
cooler master haf 932
Windows 7 ultimate 64bit



Motherboard: Asus P5Q-E

Processor: Intel Core2Quad Q6600 

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8 GB 

Storage: Seagate 7200.12: 2x500GB + 2x1TB HDD

Graphics: nVidia: 8800 GTS 640 MB Video

Display: 2x DELL ULTRASHARP 2408WFP + 22" CRT TV

DVD: Asus DVD Burner

BD: LG BluRay burner 

Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 (DreamMachine :) ) 



oh yeah, Win7 Pro (x64) 




Asus M4A79 Deluxe

4GB OCZ Platinum @1066MHz

GTX260 216core

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

15Mb Internet connection



I have to agree.  A MAC is more like a PC now than ever.  It's the OS that makes the difference.  Clearly MAC is not a gaming platform. 

Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Intel i7 950
12GB Corsair DDR3-1600
EVGA GTX 260 Core216
Intel 80GB G2 SSD
Patriot Torqx 128GB
4 x 2TB Seagate HDD
1TB Western Digital Black
Samsung SH-S223F
LG DVD Burner
Corsair HX850 PSU
Coolermaster HAF 932





Hey I noticed you have 12 GB of RAM. How much of it have you ever used at one time because I normally can only get up to 4 or 5 GB while gaming with some other programs open. I have 6 GB and will probably upgrade to 12 GB eventually.

Corsair Obsidian 800D = Win

-Nvida vs. ATI, who cares as long as it maximum!



32-bit OS's can only access 4 GB of RAM.



Yeah of course! My full specs are a few posts down.

Corsair Obsidian 800D = Win

-Nvida vs. ATI, who cares as long as it maximum!



AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 Ghz cpu

ATI Radeon HD4670 512MB vid card

 Patriot DDR3 1333mhz RAM (4GB)

MSI AMD770 Mobo

Creative Extreme Gamer Sound Card

 250gig harddrive

windows 7 Professional (64 bit)

NXZT Lexa S case

 Antec Earthwatts 650 watt psu (80plus cet) have for when i get a new gpu



Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz

ASUS P6X58D Premium


2 x XFX HD-577A-ZNFC ATI Radeon HD 5770

Corsair Obsidian 800D

Corsair HX1000

Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Black and 2 x 160GB Seagate in RAID 0 as a boot drive (My poor man's SSD)

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

ASUS VW266H 25.5" Monitor

Dell 20” Monitor


I'm water cooling soon, CPU and GPU loops. Then I'm OCing to 4 GHz. The i7 is such a beast at stock clocks that I see no reson to push it until I have a nice cooling set up in place.

Corsair Obsidian 800D = Win

-Nvida vs. ATI, who cares as long as it maximum!



i5 750 @3.475 (stock volts)


4GB XMS3 1600MHz



Not really sure how having a Mac all of a sudden sparks something inside your cranium that says, "Oh... my LAWD! I think I'mma git me some 2Mbps or highyah Internet Connection now that I got an Apple logo on mah laptop!"



I wish people would stop writing stuff like, "PC over a Mac any day" since a Mac is a PC.

By the way, yes, I would take a Windows OS based PC over an Apple PC any day. Bang-for-the-buck an equally priced Windows rig will offer (better, stronger, faster) more value for the money than the proprietary, closed-system, locked-down Apple PC.

On another note, games get very GPU intensive as the resolution increases. Fruit rigs epically fail in this category. Again, take the same GPU video card for both OS platforms and you'll get up to 50% better performance at a lower price in Windows than OSX.

I won't even touch the games offering in Windows vs OSX. But, hey, if one wants to pay 2x more for 50% less performance and little variety of choice, well, that person can waste their money as they please.  

Honestly, I cannot understand paying more for less performance. I still won't tell people how to spend their money, however, it seems sort of like paying $100000 for a Yugo instead of buying a Corvette ZR1. Oh, and you basically can't upgrade the Yugo and have to throw it out when you're done with it.

On top of that, those with older Windows OS based PC's can upgrade their rigs with substantially more powerful hardware. The options and cost of upgrading a Fruit PC are either nil, rare or heart-attack inducing expensive and/or do not come close in offering the same level of performance per dollar as in Windows.  



Here's my custom build.



2X 500 GB Hard drives,WD 7200RPM

1x 750 GB Hard drive, Seagate 7200 RPM

1x XFX Juniper 5770 Graphics card HD-577A-ZNFC

4x 2GB DDR2-6400 XMS ram (TWIN2X4096-6400C5 2 sets of thse)

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Antec 900

Rocket Fish 700 Watt power supply (yes i know...I don't have the money to get a 1KW modular system like I want)

Creative Sound card (I can't remember the exact model.

20inch Acer X203H monitor

 I eat Macs for lunch, supper, and still have room for desert :-)



How about compare the price paid for the macs with certain specs compared to the price paid for a pc with similar specs. Consider this as well, there aren't too too many people out in rural areas that would have a mac and the high speed connections in rural areas are slower than you would find in a city.



As reported elsewhere, Mac hardware is not really the bottleneck for games. Macs are getting significantly worse frame-rates than similarly rated PCs thus far. In other words, if your Mac is the same as my PC hardware-wise, your Mac will play most games with a lower framerate.

Hardware specs don't really matter when you're dealing with the dinosuar that is Mac programming. You can't expect Macs to compete in terms of anything which resembles real computing. They simply aren't designed for that stuff. And the frame rates have thus-far backed this up.

If you have a Mac, play Peggle. 




The reason the frame rates suck on apple is simple. The majority of games are originally written for direct x, since apple is unix the games have to be ported. Porting a game onto any platform will decrease the frame rate. Can't believe I just defended apple. (Hand on forehead)



Correct. Macs are, by nature, ill equipped to play modern games (i.e. OpenGL vs. DirectX). Apple has always desired a closed, monopoly-like hold on software rather than work toward gaming goodness.

As a result, they will never catch up. They've limited themselves to the web-browsing market. Forever. I love it.



But...OpenGL is OPEN SOURCE, because it says "Open"!  So that means that Macs are open source just like we've been saying all along!  DirectX is just Microsoft monopoly marketing BS!  So Macs are DEFINITELY better than Windows PCs!!


/end sarcasm/ :P




CPU - AMD Athlon X2 7750 @2.7GHz   

GPU - GeForce 470 1.2GB 320-bit GDDR5   

RAM - 6GB DDR2 @800MHz 

HDD - 1x WD Caviar Black 1TB@7200RPM, 1x WD Caviar Black 640GB   

OS - Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Ubuntu 9.10 x64   

Display - 22" ASUS VW224@1680x1050



 We hear you like ports, so we've ported your Portal, so you can play with Portals in your port!


-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-






Well since u asked nicely maxPC...

Intel Core i7 920 @4.2ghz

6gigs Dominator 1600

EVGA X58 Classified

2X Radeon 4870 (and a GTX480 arriving TODAY!!!!!)

Enermax 1250 w PSU

4x OCZ vertex 30 gb in Raid0(primary), 2x 150gb veliciraptors in Raid0(games), 2x 500 gb WDs in Raid0 (Data)

2 watercooling loops, (1 for CPU, 1 for graphics, chipset and VRM)

Silverstone TJ09 

 I'll say I eat 100% of the Mac steam community alive. 



Beautiful.  Me want.



 Very nice system


-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-



Well done!



 I like this one comment from 'GirlPower23'

"You realize your post is ridiculous OP. Y^our taking the tiny Mac sample
size and comparing it to the vastly larger PC sample size. Your
basically comparing the United States to Japan. Yep Japan has lower
Crime rate, however the united states is bigger. Compare Just New York
and Japan and you have a very similar sample size, aswell as crime rate.
You can try to brag all you wan't however let me know when you hit
300fps in Portal, and then we can talk.

P.S. 8% Mac users and 92% PC users on Steam. Yep you did such a fair
comparison. How about you compare the top 8% PC Users vs the 8% Mac

She makes a good point.

 My system is a Phenom II x4 940BE, 8GB DDR2-800, 2 1GB 5770's in Crossfire, Win7 Ultimate 64bit. Compared to theMacBook Pro's my PC eats them!

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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