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garethvjones

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Hi guys,

 

I'm a newbie here, as you can probably tell.

 

In september I'll be starting a Degree course in Special Effects in the UK.

 

I want to get a Mac... but which one to get....

 

I'm on a budget (being a student)

 

The software I'll be using mostly will be Maya, 3D Max and Blender 3D

 

Thanks for any advice you can give me

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I would recommend the base level MacBook Pro, though if you're on a budget, you might be able to get away with just a MacBook.

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Gareth, as I said on twitter, get an MBP. If you order the computer within your uni's network you get massive discounts (my £2300 MBP was reduced to £1700).

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For ANY sort of SFX, the Pro will make you much happier in the end. Whatever you do, don't underpower your graphics. Maya and 3DS are huge programs and use a lot of graphics memory, although Blender is a bit more efficient.

 

Also, I'd highly recommend 4 GB of RAM for intensive graphics work.

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Thanks for your replies guys.

 

It looks like the MacBook Pro then.

 

I'll be upgrading the ram to 4Gb too, just not from Apple :D (Thanks Graham)

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Oh yeah, good point, I forgot to mention that. Apple's RAM is REALLY expensive. :( If I'm correct, it's actually really easy to replace RAM in the MBP. I'd go with Crucial - they're really cheap and high quality.

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I'll second Crucial. They're very good and zero fuss. Apple have always utterly taken the piss with memory upgrades - doubt that'll change any time soon. I feel sorry for anybody who don't realise they're being ripped off by Apple.

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