Mac For Editing

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  1. paul3573 macrumors newbie

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    i am looking to buy a new mac to do video editing on have about £4000 to spend what are the main things i should look for ?
     
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    For 4000 pounds you could get a nice Quad 2.5 Ghz PM, 2 GB of RAM, 500GB HD, NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT 256MB plus a 23'' ACD. That should be quite adequate for video editing. If you forewent the display, you could get an even better graph card - the QUADRO FX 4500 512MB - and 4GB of RAM.
     
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    depends on the work you're planning on doing. if it's involving Apple's Motion, the Video Card is very important, With Final Cut Pro it is less so. Overall though, I would say don't bother with the Quadra, it's not going to provide much of a speed increase over the 7800, so better to save the money for more storage or RAM, maybe 4GB or so
     
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    From what i've read on these forums RAM seems to be the way to go. While the graph card is important, most of the work is done by the processor (I think :confused: ) and that's why having plenty of ram (and a fast HD) is more important. If anyone knows better please feel free to correct me (I'm not big on video editing myself)
     
  6. paul3573 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    just had a look at the apple store whats the diffence between non ECC ram and ECC ram which should i buy ? thinking of buying 8gb would that be a waist of money ? i use final cut pro
     
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    I think 8 GB of RAM is sort of overkill, and the money would be better spent on more hard drive space or a new camera or something. Also, don't buy the extra RAM from Apple. Most of the time Apple charges too much for RAM upgrades. Just get the stock 512 MB (or upgrade to 1 GB if you'd like) and then buy the rest of your RAM somewhere else. newegg.com is good, but I don't know if they do business in the UK or not.

    RAM is important, but I'd say that 2 GB is probably plenty, and at that point you'd be better off upgrading the graphics card. If you're going to be using Motion, you'll definitely want the best graphics card you can afford.
     
  8. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Having a nuts graphics card will only really make a difference in Motion, Aperture and intense games at this point.

    Having more than 4GB of memory at this point is pretty much overkill, and really doesn't get put to use.

    Having more hard drive space will always be appreciated....even if it isn't being used, then you can back up to it. :)
     
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    I would recommend a PowerMac ... no need for the Quad.

    I am using a Dual 2.5 with 3GB RAM, 500 GB internal storage, 250 External storage, 9800 XT Graphics card (256 MB)

    I use Final Cut Pro HD, DVD Studio, Motion and never run out of system resources.
     
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    well if i had £4k to spend - then i'd get a dual core 2ghz 2gb ram 1tb external HDD and a HD Camera but thats just me :)

    you are one luck chappy with that sort of cash to spend
     
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    yeah this is pretty much what I first thought. a top line system is nothing without good video to edit, so the HD camera is key, as is the storage space to put it all on.
     
  12. paul3573 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for all the help so far i have a camera and 1 tb of ext disk space already . i am going to go for the qaud with 4gb of ram should i go for ECC OR NON ECC ram the price diffence is quite big but i dont mind paying if its worth the extra money
     
  13. liketom macrumors 601

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    you sir are a jammy git :D

    what are you making btw film wise ?
     
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