I bought a 5K iMac when it was first released a couple of years ago. I couldn\u2019t resist getting the first iMac with a retina screen, after waiting such a long time for one. And I\u2019ve never regretted my purchase. I use it every day, and I\u2019m writing this post on it right now.\nBut one of the issues that keeps coming up over and over again with the 5K iMac is how well it plays games. Is it worth buying if you\u2019re a gamer? Or should you skip it and buy a Windows PC or even build a hackintosh instead?\nA redditor wonders if the 5K iMac will work well for games\nI\u2019ll share my thoughts and experiences with gaming on the 5k iMac below, but first check out some of the comments in a recent thread in the Apple subreddit about the 5K iMac and gaming.\nAn Apple redditor by the name of Andratte started the thread. He recently purchased a 5K iMac and was wondering if he\u2019d made a mistake since he\u2019s a gamer:\n\nOk so I always wanted an iMac and bought one today. Yippie!! And I never really thought about the gaming aspect of my life. Guess I sort of thought it would work figured I would just have to do a windows partition and be set. But now after reading some things on line, Im a bit worried. Did I make a mistake? Any thoughts?\nI purchased it with the AMD Radeon R9 M390 graphics processor with 2GB.\nMore at Reddit\n\nHis question drew some interesting responses from his fellow redditors:\n\nIfixputers: \u201cDepends on how hardcore of a gamer you are. The fact you bought an iMac and you didn\u2019t think twice, you are probably a casual gamer. That\u2019s fine.\nYou have a pretty\u2026gorgeous piece of equipment at your house, but it was not made for gaming. If you want a gaming rig to last you and play gorgeous games on ultra high settings for the next 5\u201310 years, have your nerdiest friend build you a pc. You could make an amazing custom rig for whatever you spent on the iMac.\nUltimately up to you. Pc gaming is a time suck and upgrading components can get addicting. If you like casual games and gaming with a controller, keep that baby. The display is amazing. I like to game competitively and have a lot of gaming equipment, so the custom built pc was my route.\u201d\nBrandonbumper: \u201cThis. I have the same iMac model with the M390 and I purchased it as a daily driver, but also with the intention that I would play a few games on it. Scale down the resolutions and you should be able to get mid level settings or better on many games (including anti aliasing!).\u201d\nCrazyattack: \u201cDepends on the games you play. Also you will have to decrease resolution pretty much any 3d game.\u201d\nManiacdepressive: \u201c1. Don\u2019t expect to game at 5K.\n\n\nExpect to game at 1080p on mediumish settings in modern titles.\n\n\nPeople will say game at 2560x1440. It scales nicely to the 5K display but the M390\u2019s gonna underperform at that resolution.\n\n\nRun games under Windows even if they have a Mac version because Windows gaming performance is almost always better.\n\n\nHave a good time.\u201d\n\n\nPizzy139: \u201cJust drop the resolution down and you\u2019ll be fine. Test the resolution settings. I have a 4k imac and gaming is nice and smooth at lower settings.\u201d\nGoKone: \u201cYou can game, but you should expect laptop quality graphics. This machine is made for something else. I have the initial 5k iMac and I love it dearly, but I use it for web dev, video and photo editing.\u201d\nHrrrsn: \u201cI have the 27\u201c 2014 5K with the M290x GPU. The only game I really play is CS:GO, and it handles that fine. Rust it struggles with. Haven\u2019t tried anything else. I considered going hackintosh, but by the time you add in a decent 27\u201d monitor, you\u2019re at the price of the iMac itself.\u201d\nTobyps: \u201cJust game at 2560x1440, that\u2019s exactly half the resolution (vertically and horizontally) as the native 5K so it should scale nicely.\u201d\nUncomfortableglance: \u201cBootcamp it and game in Windows\u2026 Do the rest in OSX. I do this on my late 2013 iMac and run Witcher 3 on Windows in most of the highest settings smooth as silk.\u201d\nMore at Reddit\n\nMy 5K iMac\u2019s hardware\nAs I noted above, I bought the first 5K iMac when it was released. I opted to max it out and got the 4 Ghz Intel Core i7, with 32 GB of RAM. It also has the AMD Radeon R9 M295X video card with 4 GB of video RAM.\nSo I got the best 5K iMac I could at the time. I did this because I don\u2019t often upgrade my desktop computer. I usually keep a Mac like this for at least five years, and so I like to give it the fastest processor and maximum amount of RAM I can.\nThis has usually served me very well in making sure that my iMac can run things quickly and easily for a long time. I don\u2019t want to have to buy a new computer in three years, so maxing it out lets me keep it for quite a long time indeed.\nMy experiences with gaming on a 5K iMac\nOne of the first things I did after getting my 5K iMac was to buy some games from the Mac App Store. I bought Castle of Illusion as my first game, and I was not disappointed at all in terms of how well it performed on my 5K iMac.\nI was not able to play Castle of Illusion at 5120 x 2880 resolution even though that resolution was listed in the game\u2019s video settings. Castle of Illusion simply crashed when I tried that, but it did run at 4096 x 2304, and it looks amazing! And it played very well too, I didn\u2019t notice any slowdown or other problems with my 5K iMac\u2019s ability to display the games graphics.\n\n\nCastle of Illusion running on at 4096 x 2304 resolution on my 5K iMac. The game looks terrific and it runs with no slowdown or other video problems.\n\n\nAnother game I tried was World of Warcraft. For that game I ended up adjusting the resolution down a notch or two since WOW can have a zillion things on the screen at the same time depending on whether you are raiding, PVPing or questing.\nI was able to find a good balance between screen resolution and good performance in WOW, so I recommend fiddling with the video settings to see what works best for you. I have since stopped playing the game though as I got tired of it after years of playing. But if you\u2019re still a WOW gamer then you will definitely enjoy it on the 5K iMac.\nCivilization V was another game that I played on my 5K iMac, and that one also looked and played very well for me. I can\u2019t remember which settings I used in terms of graphics, but I never had a problem with it running well. Alas, I discovered that the Civilization type games are not really my cup of tea, but that had nothing to do with my 5K iMac. I just wasn\u2019t into that type of gameplay.\nThe 5K iMac is great for casual gamers\nAs you can tell from my commentary above, I tend to be more of a casual gamer these days. I\u2019m not usually into running the hottest 3D shoot em\u2019 ups and that sort of thing. Nor do I really care about running games at the absolute maximum resolution with every bell and whistle enabled.\nFor me it\u2019s more about being able to enjoy gameplay with a reasonable level of graphics. A game that looks great but has boring gameplay isn\u2019t something I\u2019m going to play regardless of how powerful the machine is that I might play it on.\nAll of that said, I would not recommend the 5K iMac to somebody who is a hardcore gamer that wants everything to run on maxed out settings. I say this partly because OS X itself simply doesn\u2019t have as many games as Windows, and also because the 5K iMac\u2019s hardware isn\u2019t designed to be a top of the line gaming machine.\nFanatical gamers would do much better by building their own Windows-based computer. That would give them complete control over all of the machine\u2019s hardware components, and it would give them full access to the huge library of games available for Windows.\nHowever, if you are a casual gamer like me, you should be quite pleased with the 5K iMac. It will perform very well for you, provided you are flexible in terms of how fancy you want the graphics performance to be on it.\nBut what about Boot Camp for games on the 5K iMac?\nSome folks have mentioned using Boot Camp to run Windows to play games on the 5K iMac. This is something that I tried very briefly back when I first got my iMac. However, I am not a fan of Windows and I quickly tired of dual booting to use it to play games.\nBut if you want to squeeze every last ounce of gaming performance from the 5K iMac, then Boot Camp might work well for you since the Windows versions of games are often a bit more optimized for performance than Mac versions.\nFor me though, Boot Camp was just more of a headache than it was worth. But your mileage may vary, so do consider it if you want access to more games or the possibility of better performance when running games on the 5K iMac.\nI still love my 5K iMac for work and games\nIf you\u2019re considering buying a 5K iMac, you will find some negative comments and that sort of thing whenever the topic of gaming comes up. My advice is to think carefully about what you\u2019ll be using the 5K iMac for, and then make your decision about buying one.\nI use mine mostly for work purposes, and it\u2019s absolutely fantastic for me. I can\u2019t imagine living without it since the 27-inch screen lets me do so much. It is the best workstation I\u2019ve ever used, hands down.\nBut I also enjoy being able to fire up games and play them on such a huge screen. Even when I opt for lower resolutions, the games still look fantastic and perform very well for my gaming needs. I\u2019ve never felt that playing games was less fun on my 5K iMac compared to other computers, and I\u2019m quite content with what it can do for me.\nSo if you\u2019re the same kind of gamer as me, the 5K iMac might be a good fit for you.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.