iMac for 3D Modeling

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jdHANSEN, May 6, 2013.

  1. jdHANSEN, May 6, 2013
    Last edited: May 6, 2013

    jdHANSEN macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2013
    Hi guys,

    I'm new to the forum (as a poster, not a reader. Love it.) Lifetime Mac owner.

    I'm a sculptor and I want to 3D model some sculptures (no animation) then experiment with 3D printing in stainless/bronze.

    I was thinking of getting a maxed-out iMac and Zbrush to start. Do you think this would be a good combo? I know a lot of people are waiting for the new MacPro, but I'd like to start a bit smaller if possible, in case I revert back to clay and wax!

    You all seem to know your stuff, so I'd love to hear your opinions.

    jd more question to all you gurus: is there a refurb/better option for the iMac if I'm using it for 3D modeling?
  2. Red Fuji macrumors member

    Red Fuji

    Mar 13, 2012
    USA-Pacifc Standard Time
    you probably dont need the upgraded GMX680 GPU but i would go for an i7, 27" bigger display, 8 Ram and add to it later. the Fusion is a plus. I got a refurb and happy with it-you wont have the luxury of getting exactly what you want in the refurb selection-just pick what comes closest to what you want.
  3. wmy5 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY
    I don't think gaming graphic cards used in iMacs are good for 3D modeling. Professional graphic cards like Quardo have much better performance when you do 3D rendering in professional applications.
  4. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    True but the 680mx is more than enough to do what he wants.
  5. SR20DETDOG, May 9, 2013
    Last edited: May 9, 2013

    SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    Queensland Australia
    In all honesty, I would argue any of the iMacs will be fine for some 3D modelling.

    You can opt for i7 CPU, upgraded GFX card, or Fusion drive if you want but I wouldn't say they're necessary, simply nice to have if you can afford it, certainly no need for a Mac Pro.

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