So my current computer is a 15" Macbook Pro, late '09 maybe early '10 model if my memory serves me well. (It was the last model before they introduced i5/i7s, :@.) Inb4 anti Mac insults; I use it for music production (Logic) and am fully aware of all the downfalls (fkn money!).
I’m looking at, some point in the future, going back to a good old tower PC with some power behind it. I’ve only begun Blender-ing recently, but I’m interested to know what sort of specs people are running on their machines. And I’m also interested in the sort of power needed to get Cycles to work well. With my current MBP’s graphics (an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT) I’m unable to get an increase in rendering speed with OpenCL, (unless I’m doing something wrong). And that’s not even mentioning the obscene temperatures my CPU gets to when rendering with Cycles (I think the inside of my machine needs a good clean, either that or it’s evolving into Charizard).
I’m embarrassed to say that, due to having such an integrated laptop for so long, I know little about more recent hardware. I’ve searched around a bit, but I figured it’d be best to ask the veterans.
So my central questions are:
What sort of specs are you running(?); what sort of performance are you getting(?), esp. reg. Cycles and more CPU/GPU intensive stuff.
Is there any difference between OSs in regards to performance? (I’d quite like to move to Ubuntu or another Linux distro to pursue related interests + my anti-Windows, Mac elitism refuses to go).
I’ve noticed i3 processors are considerably cheaper than i5 + i7s. What sort of difference does this translate to in Blender?
And, errrr… I think I wanted to ask more but I’ve lost my trail of though.
tl;dr A computer specs thread mixed with some advice for a recovering Macintosh junkie.