Going mac in ~2 weeks when school starts up, via a 15" Macbook Pro
So 2 questions
1) Is the 2nd video card in the midlevel model worth the upgrade (basic gameswise) from to bottom tier? keep in mind im getting $150 off the cheaper model and 150 off the midrange model since im a student. Ill be using nothing crazy gameswise via steam, IE: CS and CS:S, Morrowind, ETC. Ill be paying between 1000-1200 cash on the thing and credit carding the rest. If i feel the extra 250 bucks will make the laptop last me a year or two longer, capabilities wise, ill go for it. otherwise, no. What do you guys think?
2) VMWare fusion vs just bootcamp. Ill dualboot either XP or 7, for basic gaming exclusively. I wont be doing any internet shit or anything like that with it, and i wont be booting flipping over often. Its not like ill need to switch back and forth alot. How big of a performance boost do you get in a game booting windows vs virtualization?
Rule of thumb: You can upgrade your hard drive and your memory in a laptop with ease, but you can pretty much never upgrade the video card. Best bet - go for the upgraded one out of the gate.