Dilemma: 4x4GB or 8x2GB in Video Editing Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by chadosan, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have a new 3.0 Mac Pro on order with the the 8800 that will be set up as a FCP HD Edit station and After Effects Graphics station.

    By the time I get everything I need (raid card, capture card, new 30" ACD) I'm into the system for about $10K.

    To get 16GB of Ram (from OWC), I can buy either the 8x2GB kit or the 4x4GB kit (which I can always upgrade later with another 4x4GB when the price comes down).

    The 8x2GB seems like it would be faster in the near term (according to Bearfeats) but am I sacrificing my long term upgradability to save about $600? And would 16GB of Ram be enough?

    My current machine is a Dual 2 Ghz G5 so the new machine will blow it out of the water regardless.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    AviationFan

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    I got 8 x 2GB for my new MacPro, which will also be a video editing machine (plus some audio work). I cannot think of any good reason why I would need more than 16GB of RAM; I figure by the time that's not enough, I'll either have an all-new computer anyway or RAM prices will have decreased to the point where I can afford to just write off the 16GB I bought at first.

    If the 8x2 and 4x4 were similarly priced, that would be a different story, but the 4GB modules are so expensive...

    - Martin
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    True...I just don't want to be kicking myself in 6 months or so.
     

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