So that's a bit of a tricky question. First, when you say the config is pretty good, I'm assuming you're talking about a maxed out iMac Pro or a Mac Pro, right? Because the iMacs and MBPs run mobile versions of the graphics card and are not "pretty good" in terms of PC gaming.
Second, even with a Mac Pro with two graphics cards, you're already well into the $4K+ range for a gaming PC performance that can be had for nearly half the price.
What I'm saying is that as a Mac fan, they have their uses. PC gaming isn't really one of them. Unless it's basic PC gaming that doesn't push your graphics card hard. Modern first person shooters running at 4K with all effects set to maximum? You're going to need a top of the line Mac Pro or iMac Pro. So you're already pushing $5000.
21" iMac I'm tempted to say no. I mean it would be really low settings and pretty low framerate, because the base version has an integrated GPU. Even the higher level 21" iMac with the Radeon 560 4GB would not be considered good for games, but will be a marked improvement over the iGPU base model.Yes I meant to say max, but do the base models allow us to game at low settings if someone is not a hardcore gamer?
A lot of gaming PCs don't include an optical drive, and many cases today don't even have a spot for it. That's because most games are now downloaded versus available on-disc. And also these gaming PC cases are trying to optimize airflow to keep CPUs and GPUs cool (especially if they're overclocked). If you look at the inside of my case it appears nearly empty.I've been considering buying/building a gaming rig. From looking at the specs on the best buy site, it's not clear what if any input-storage devices this unit has. Most of my collection of games is on CD/DVD. I even have some on floppy. I'm pretty sure this unit doesn't have a 3.5 or 5.25 floppy but from the pictures it doesn't appear to have an optical drive either. Do current games not come on disk? And does this unit have space to install drives?
Yes if control over parts is important, the Mac platform won’t accommodate that. It’s part of the reason I built my PCs years ago. I was willing to give up hardware control in 2006 because the MacOS was really starting to hit its stride and Windows was in a bad place then.I'm not a gamer and so my needs are probably simple by those standards. For the moment anyway, HTPC builds are still pretty basic. I build my own PC's simply because I can and as @Carlo Medina stated, "I can control the parts that go into them" [to some extent]. If i can't custom build a MAC I doubt I'll ever own one. It's been that way for many years.
I was in exactly the same place, Patrick! I guess we're both old farts.Having built my last home-brew PC back in 2012, I've been getting the itch to get another new PC going, but it's tempting to just go pre-built this time since I don't really keep up with all the of the PC hardware news/landscape anymore, and researching for MB, RAM, CPU, PS, etc. just doesn't sound as fun as it used to be in the past for this ol' fart.