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Kevin Alexander
iMac or MacPro? Upgrading computer advice needed
on Nov 2, 2016 at 8:23:52 pm

Hello. After spending a horrendous amount of time rendering and dealing with a choppy snails pace while editing a new video, I've decided it's time to get a new computer.
Currently I have a late 2009 iMac upgraded with a 500gb SSD and some extra RAM but still, working with premiere pro and after effects is horrible. I'm using 1080p Canon 7D footage and using lots of layers, masks, 3D effects, and color grading. In the future I'll be hoping to upgrade my camera as well and shoot in higher resolutions. The budget im going for is no more than $2500 about but pushing to go cheaper than that.
I am trying to decide which to get and need advice. I've found two refurbished options from OWC which I've known to be very reliable.
Mac Pro refurbished: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/FD878LLA/
Choosing this would be the most expensive and I wouldn't be able to have the 5K bigger screen but I'd get the most power/speed I think.
iMac 27in refurbished: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/FF886LLA24/
This would be less powerful but also give me a bit more extras.
I'm wondering for what it is I'm trying to do would the MacPro be necessary or even if what I'm deciding on is a good idea in the first place. There is also the option of going for a brand new iMac with these specs:
27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display) $2500
4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
* 16GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM - two 8GB
* 1TB Fusion Drive
* AMD Radeon R9 M390 with 2GB video memory
Last little extra bit of detail is I have 7TB worth of Seagate external hard drives for storing all my footage/pictures/music etc.
Thank you and bare with me since I'm not extremely savvy with a lot of it.


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John Rofrano
Re: iMac or MacPro? Upgrading computer advice needed
on Nov 18, 2016 at 1:17:45 pm

I would go with either the Mac Pro 6-Core or the new iMac 5K Core i7 4-Core. I don't believe that the refurbished iMac Core i5 would be as good as either of them. Intel themselves recommend that Core i7 is for content creators and the Core i5 for content consumers. As a content creator you will be happier with the performance of the Core i7 or Xeon's in the Mac Pro.

I went through the same decision last year and I chose a 3rd option: I bought a used 2010 Mac Pro 2.93 Ghz 12-Core, 24GB memory,  1TB boot drive with 3x 2TB Apple RAID, ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card for $2475. That was a year year ago so they are slightly cheaper now. OWC has 6-Cores starting at $1100 and 12-Cores starting at $2000. I added an SSD drive to mine and responds like any modern Mac. So you also have the option of buying an older 2010-2012 Mac Pro as well.

I guess the question you should ask is how will the dual D500 GPU's in the new Mac Pro improve your workflow? I don't know the answer, but that would be the big advantage to getting the new Mac Pro, but the D500 is not as good as the D700 so you really want a new Mac Pro 6-Core w/D700's. If you are working in 4K or plan to work in 4K, the Retina 5K display on the 27" iMac is absolutely gorgeous. I went to see it at the Apple store and really fell in love with it. The new iMac Core i7 might be the most "bang for the buck".

It's a tough decision. Hopefully more people with experience with both the new Mac Pro and iMac 5K will respond.

~jr

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