Bit of backstory here:
I purchased a 2010 Mac Pro early 2011, back when I was doing iOS development almost full time (which didn’t turn out to be nearly as profitable as I’d have hoped). I’ve been using that system ever since, though it’s still running 10.8.5 on the internal disk drives (didn’t have much luck with 10.9 stability wise, and I can’t stand the look of 10.10 and beyond).
These days, I seem to be making more money off 3D graphics than iOS development. To be honest, I’m kinda tired of Apple’s antics these days. I’ve been chasing around after their mobile handhelds for nearly a decade, and while it’s a job, it’s certainly not an enjoyable one. I just want a set of tools that I can rely on day in and day out and sit down and work on something for 12 straight without worrying about stuff going sideways in ways I can’t control.
Anyways, I digress…
This system seems pretty decent the way it is, but it’s getting extremely long in the tooth. I could throw some money at it, try and buy a different RAID card so I can boot Windows, buy a new flashed GPU, etc… I’m just not sure why I’d bother. At the end of the day, I’d either be stuck with OS X, or Windows on a system that isn’t nearly as standardized as a good old PC.
So, I was wondering…
Is there any reason why switching to a PC running Windows 7 could hamper my CG career somehow? I don’t really care what I’m running or how, so long as it works, and I can fix it if something breaks. I don’t know why I’d bother sticking with Apple, but that’s why I’m banging out this post right now. I don’t have any interest in their “upcoming” Mac Pro (I need better hardware in the next 2-3 months, not 1-2 years). Their software ecosystem doesn’t really offer me anything that I need and can’t run inside VMware Workstation.
How many of you guys are still using OS X, and Mac in general? Is Windows ultimately the better platform for 3D stuff these days?