$7,000 budget, can someone assist?

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  1. straightryder macrumors newbie

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    Hi guy's Im new here to the forum and was wondering if someone could help me out with this question...

    I have a budget of $7,000 dollars and we need a computer for video editing.

    It will be used for HD video's for the web.

    AfterEffects will be used a lot... No 3D work. Final Cut will be the choice of software for editing.

    With a budget of $7,000, what would be the best built Mac Pro to go with that would make the job run smoothly for the users for AF and FCP?

    If I could get some pointers it would be great.

    Any other questions ask away.

    Thanks again.
     
  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Assuming you dont need this tomorrow, wait until they are updated (in a few weeks maybe?) then ask again...
     
  3. straightryder thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Badger, are you serious?? There's an update coming to them?? :eek:

    lol...

    Thanks for the heads up.


    Do you or anyone else know what the updates might be?
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    do you need monitors in that price?

    i would say go for mid amount of RAM and mid amount of CPU.

    octo core 2.26GHz? 8GBRAM + and possibly the dual GPUs to support two monitors (leaves room for expansion).
     
  5. straightryder thread starter macrumors newbie

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    actually we already have two 30' Apple Cinema Display monitors laying around so that's out of the budget.

    sorry, i should've mentioned that.
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ok wow. for that price you should get a really decent computer!
     
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    Historically Apple have launched Mac Pros 6 weeks after, 8 after and 4 weeks before Intel released the new Xeon platform, which the Mac Pro uses. The next processors are due March 16th according to multiple sources.

    For your budget you should be able to get a dual processor machine with fast processors (i.e 2.66GHz+), 12-24GB of memory and whatever storage you need (post in the Mac Pro sub forum when you are ready to purchase and you will get a wealth of information). One thing you may want to consider is dual graphics cards as mentioned above, but more because to drive 2x30" displays from one of Apple's current cards you have to use a $99 adapter which still has issues. With two cards they can each drive one separately. You could also use the 3rd party GTX 285 which is the most powerful native Mac graphics card and has two dual-dvi ports, rather than 1 and 1 mini displayport.
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you're going to spend 7000$, wait for an update. You don't want to pay $7k now and then realize after few week that you could've bought a Mac Pro with twice as much power.
     
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  13. Arkangil macrumors regular

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    It says she can be programmed with custom scripts to talk about your own interests. She can help decide the next computer!
     
  14. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Whatever you decide on, don't forget a couple of Intel SSD's in RAID 0!
     
  15. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    As everyone has said. There is a HUGE variety of choice for you to get. Even right now you could get the 8-Core 2.93Ghz Mac pro, With 12GB RAM, and a RAID card, and still have $101 to spare.
     
  16. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

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    all i can say is WAIT [​IMG] new mac pros soon that could be very impressive
     
  17. brendu macrumors 68020

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    buy a macbook and mail me a check for $6000 please!:D
     
  18. straightryder thread starter macrumors newbie

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    lol...

    I'll mail you the check for sure:)

    Then ill be out of a job and then i can come live with you.

    Okay, thanks a lot everyone for your help. I will wait until the new Mac Specs come out and repost the same question to you all and hopefully you can help me with this.

    Thanks.

    I really like the site here and will be pokin' around with other questions. If i get annoying with questions feel free to tell me:)
     
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    If you have those then you can go 2.66GHz octo Mac Pro with 12GB ECC 1066MHz RAM and a RAID card. Then go to NewEgg.com and buy 3 HDD at a much cheaper price than Apple's ridiculous $300 for 1TB (NewEgg has drives at around $110 for 1TB). You could also go with 3 HDDs and 1 SSD for boot ups. Also get a HD 4870.

    After that, you still have around ~$1k left for software.

    However, you should wait, Apple is bound to update the Mac Pro very soon.
     
  21. straightryder thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Only 1 30'inch Cinema Display will be used for the editing. The other one is being used in another department.
     
  22. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    If I had a "$7,000 budget" for a new Mac, I wouldn't NEED "assistance"...
    :)
     
  23. straightryder thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its a company budget... not personal. -- Trust me: I wish i could drop that on a personal computer.
     
  24. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    I hope you meant "a" RAID card and not Apple's RAID card!

    straightryder, if you really want a good advice (which I assume considering the budget) on which Mac to buy, please create a new post with your questions in the Mac Pro section.
    There are lots of people who really know what they are talking about and can help you, specifically in means of storage questions. Just keep your eyes open for nanofrog. I'm sure he can answer all of your questions! :)
     
  25. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i was just about to say that! haha
     

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