Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jimezsmoot, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. jimezsmoot macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2005
    I'm getting to be quite a fan of this site! I have more or less the same question regarding the 'animation on the iMac G5' question already posted. How far can I go on an iMac? I'm still on a 2nd generation iMac G3 working on OS 9.2. It still runs fine but, being a designer, I'm starting to salivate at the thought of a total change of tech-scenery as far as physical looks of my next computer and getting to grips with OS 10.4 Tiger. *But* I don't want to go overboard with what I might or might not use on my new mac. I'm only starting to learn 2D animation and Flash but will like to continue on to learn 3D programs such as Maya, Alias Wavefront and Motion. Which Imac is the most upgradable?
    Will the most upgraded iMac be able to handle my future aspirations or am I better off with a Power Mac G5? Thing is, I want a sleek all in one and can't really afford a Powermac plus 20+" LCD widescreen that the imac already offers.
    Sorry for rambling, any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If it were me doing this stuff, I'd get the best PowerMac I could afford with at least 1.5-2.5gb RAM and a decentish 21" CRT.

    I wouldn't dream of throwing limited resources at an Apple LCD. While they're nice, I don't believe they offer value for money.
  3. fedora macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2004
    If you just want to learn 3D modelling and a little animation the iMac, with a RAM upgrade would manage it. It will run something like Cinema 4D fine.
    But when you start to make complex NURBS objects and long animations it will take a long time to render your project, so this is when it helps to have dual processers and 8 gigabites of RAM.

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