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Re: FCP X on a 2008 mac pro

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Darren Roark
Re: FCP X on a 2008 mac pro
on Jan 20, 2014 at 7:50:19 pm

The 2008 MP hot rodded with used parts hunted off ebay can be turned into a more than capable machine without breaking the bank.

If you are going for FCP X and the Creative Cloud version of PP, a made for Mac 7950 is a great deal. (The CS6 version relies on CUDA for the realtime performance) Assuming you have at least 16GB of RAM as Alban said, the GPU is the most important thing to upgrade if you want FCP X to run well. If you ever get a newer tower, you can just move it to that one. This should be a good card for the next few years.

If it's not already dual processor, you can pick up used CPUs on ebay for really cheap now which makes a huge difference. If you have ever built a PC, this isn't that tough of a job.

Used RAM that's been tested and from a reputable seller is a good way to save some money. (some would disagree) The RAM for that tower can be really spendy.

Get a good USB 3.0 card (they are not created equal) and you should be in great shape.

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