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Dave Davin
Buying new Mac Pro
on Feb 10, 2010 at 10:27:25 am

Hi guys,

New to the site so not sure if this question is in the right forum. I am about to purchase a new Mac Pro which will be used predominately for editing. FCS3, Photoshop CS4 and AE CS4.

Does anyone have a general insight into what works best with the above, ie Graphics cards, Quad vs 8 Core, speed, hard drive etc...

Cheers,

Dave


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Rafael Amador
Re: Buying new Mac Pro
on Feb 10, 2010 at 1:02:07 pm

Hi Dave,
I want to buy a Mac Pro, but I'm waiting.
Apple should be releasing new models soon.
The last are almost one year old.
Rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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walter biscardi
Re: Buying new Mac Pro
on Feb 10, 2010 at 2:28:41 pm

This question comes up almost weekly and you can do a search on this forum for "Mac Pro" "New System" etc... to get all the answers.

You can click on my Profile to see the three systems we run here.

My recommendation is always the fastest Mac you can afford, 8GB RAM minimum, AJA Kona board, ATI 4870 Graphics card.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Buying new Mac Pro
on Feb 10, 2010 at 4:40:49 pm

[Dave Davin] "I am about to purchase a new Mac Pro which will be used predominately for editing. FCS3, Photoshop CS4 and AE CS4. "

[walter biscardi] "...8GB RAM minimum..."


I'd make the argument the minimum should be 16 GB if the O.P. is a heavy After Effects user.

In its multiprocessing mode, AE doesn't even begin to sing until it has access to 2 GB ram per core... not to mention extra RAM beyond that for the operating system and other open applications.

The amount of RAM that AE can use effectively will only shoot up when AE becomes 64 bit exclusively in the next version... whenever Adobe decides to release it.

After Effects is the ultimate RAM hog.

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