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ChristineWilde Reviewer says

Hey everyone,

As I now work on a Mac at work for web design I want to convert my home system from a PC to a Mac but I’m wanting to do 3D and motion design on it along with web design.

Was wondering if anyone runs their 3D program on a mac?

Was thinking of getting either an iMac 27” or a 15” MacBook Pro. I can’t justify spending near on £4k on a Mac Pro.

If you don’t work on a Mac I’d like to know why and what sort of system do you run instead?

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DarkstarDesigns says

I would not get a imac 27 as the screen has a massive sheet of glass in front of it which make colour look different, also if your anywhere near a window then you get really bad glare, also if your doing 3d work heat will be a problem.

I would get a tower if I were you, on the 3d side I thing cinema 4d which is the program you use is available for mac so you should be sorted.

But if you looking for value for money then get a pc as you not wasting money on a brand, al depends how you like to wok.

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ChristineWilde Reviewer says

I would not get a imac 27 as the screen has a massive sheet of glass in front of it which make colour look different, also if your anywhere near a window then you get really bad glare, also if your doing 3d work heat will be a problem.

I would get a tower if I were you, on the 3d side I thing cinema 4d which is the program you use is available for mac so you should be sorted.

But if you looking for value for money then get a pc as you not wasting money on a brand, al depends how you like to wok.

Well I’ve had the same PC system for the past 4-5 years and it’s still going strong. I need something more powerful to handle my work. Not sure if it is worth the money upgrading parts or buying a barebones system.

I also love Apple products and the apps, etc.

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contrastblack Staff says


I would not get a imac 27 as the screen has a massive sheet of glass in front of it which make colour look different, also if your anywhere near a window then you get really bad glare, also if your doing 3d work heat will be a problem.

I would get a tower if I were you, on the 3d side I thing cinema 4d which is the program you use is available for mac so you should be sorted.

But if you looking for value for money then get a pc as you not wasting money on a brand, al depends how you like to wok.

Well I’ve had the same PC system for the past 4-5 years and it’s still going strong. I need something more powerful to handle my work. Not sure if it is worth the money upgrading parts or buying a barebones system.

I also love Apple products and the apps, etc.
Before this gets into the MAC vs NON -Mac direction, I’ll make a personal remark which I hope I won’t regret soon :D :

Do not buy a workstation from Apple if you just like the look and feel of Apple products. Buy a macbook air/pro/etc and use it for as much work as possible, but keep the budget in eye for a separate rendering machine. As powerful as the highest spec Mac might be, you are sure to find the PC alternative for less than 70% off the mac’s price, and hence pay for the new mac item itself, and also have some actual computational power. Best of both worlds, Apple feel, comfortable both for modeling and editing tasks (and more kind on the bill paying wallet) and a reliable, and hardware-aware priced workhorse that you can keep hidden under your desk somewhere, but does all the heavy stuff.

Regarding software, most of the 3D packages out there do also support mac, includinc cinema4D as that is your main program, but for those that don’t, there are virtual machines and other solutions.

P.s: I wrote this post about 40 min ago, and forgot I started writing it lol.

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ChristineWilde Reviewer says

Thanks Contrast!

I’m by no means an Apple fangirl. But do own an iPhone and iPad. I was just thinking the same! Get a huge beast of a PC rendering machine and getting a cheap macbook for creating my iBooks and portability. Think that is the most cost effective way.

Is that what your running?

Thanks, Christine

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contrastblack Staff says

No, I have just not bought any Apple products since my second gen ipod, as I was quite annoyed by the concept of not being able to change the batteries myself, or at least with the help of any other service shop besides Apple at that time.

I am running a basic dualcore laptop with 4 gb ram, windows 7, and my recently bought custom made rig, featuring dual xeons, 5650 @ 2.66 watercooled, 24GB EEC DDR and a nifty quadro 4000, which didn’t cost that much. Future upgrades will probably include a mainboard swap, but for now I have not gotten to its limits. I mean yes, I can be a complete moron and make 3DSmax crash on it, but if you are doing stuff properly and take time to check settings, visibility of items etc, you can reach over a few millions polygons per scene and still have good stability. Rendering with 24 buckets vs … 2/4 on my laptop was a shock though :D

p.s: I did try it the old and elegant way by asking all possible hardware companies to give me a quote for the above mentioned specs, but ALL , not just apple, were well 1k-1.2k overpriced. Apple was around 1300 over my final total with the same specs. It’s just a matter of : do you have the time and knowledge to build it yourself, do it. If you don’t, trust me, the extra 1k for support and pre-built might come in handy, or at least make you feel comfortable about cursing at tech-support over the phone the whole day long :D

All in all, even if I did give up on Apple ages ago, I really just wanted to point out the fact that I am not against it as a brand or its users and so on and so forth yadda yadda…. it’s a matter of choice and taste, and if the budget is there, hey… go for it :D I am just stuck on “useful” and “performance-squeezing” out of every buck. And no, it ain’t the lack of budget either, as the above specs also cost some nifty dollar :D

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ChristineWilde Reviewer says

That sounds awesome! I have built computers before and upgraded my current one with new memory, hard drives, etc. So if I buy all the components separate your saying it’ll be a lot cheaper instead of these ‘barebones’ systems? I have a budget of around £2k as I’ve been saving up for a MacBook Pro. But think this is a much better solution.

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contrastblack Staff says

Yeah, totally. Anything hand-built will bring you better specs for less $.

check out overclockers.co.uk and as many others as you can though to get the best deals before purchasing anything, and make sure to check all compatibility issues beforehand. I ended up buying about 3TB worth of high-spec ´sata drives, only to see my electricity counter spinning faster than the harddrives. Bought a single ssd and the needle barely moves now, so there are minor issues you will need to consider , which normally when buying prebuilt are no issue :)

But then again, seeing my number of posts, I’d be careful about trusting my advice :D

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iamthwee says

In all honestly, you will get a much better spec’d machine for the same price you would pay for a ‘mac.’

When considering 3D a few things should be taken into consideration.

1. Is ram, the more the merrier. 2. CPU or GPU , you must be aware of the new trend in GPU rendering which is taking the world by storm. This is most notably apparent with the free 3D software blender which has hard core fans around the world. So think about getting a cuda enabled nvidia graphics card. Always go nvidia, it is the industry standard.

Everything else is fluff… My setup is pretty simple… Linux + blender and 4gig of ram and a cuda enables nvidia graphics cards. That all I need. No $$$ spent on the OS or even the 3D modelling package… All money spent on hardware… Maximum usage of money.

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