A good friend of mine is about to upgrade his whole edit suite. He has an old cheese grater mac that's not quite doing it for him anymore. He has a successful YouTube channel and works with FCPX. He works a lot with multi-cam clips that combine HD and 4k go pro footage. He also works with a lot of DSLR footage. He's not sure whether he should get a New Mac Pro Tube (mid tier $6000 with the better GPUs) or a fully stacked 5K iMac.
My opinion is that he should go with the stacked iMac and use the extra money he would have spent on the Mac Tube to buy a really fast RAID set up. He also gets the added benefits of one of the nicest computer screens in the known universe with the iMac.
I'd love some experience-based opinions on this. I myself own the Tube with Thunderbay IV RAID because I often edit TV commercials I've directed. So I'm working with 4/5k Red Cam/Alexa footage and such. I just think that based on the materials he works with, he doesn't need to pony up the extra cash to get the tube. But I could be wrong. I'd love to hear from anyone and everyone about this!
Thanks for the input, fellas. Looks like my friend is going with the iMac with some fast storage. I think that's the best choice based on my own assumptions and your knowledge. So, it's a happy ending.