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kohlson

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I think some of this depends on which NLE you use. FCPX takes advantage of AMD, which promotes 2 and 3. So if video is the primary use then that's a consideration.

I think I would choose 3. New/supported. Upgradeable in RAM and egpu and external TB disks. But this is based on overall supportability, and video editing. I am less informed on bootcamp and AutoCAD for these options.
 
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Macmatrix1

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I think some of this depends on which NLE you use. FCPX takes advantage of AMD, which promotes 2 and 3. So if video is the primary use then that's a consideration.

I think I would choose 3. New/supported. Upgradeable in RAM and egpu and external TB disks. But this is based on overall supportability, and video editing. I am less informed on bootcamp and AutoCAD for these options.
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kschendel

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The i7-8700b in the mini ought to beat the e5-1650 v2 in the trash can.
 
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zoltm

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Hello, so I am in the market for a Mac desktop to run video editing and 3D rendering along with AutoCAD and bootcamp. I have the option of an upgraded Mac Tower or Can or a Mac Mini. My problem is that is it even wise to spend that much money on seven year old tech. The 2019 Mac Pro is out of my budget, and I do not like the iMac design at all. Let me know if there are any alternatives I haven't covered either
Here are my options
Option #1 Mac Pro Tower 2012 $1350
Dual Xeon x5690 3.46 12 core
32GB Ram ddr3 1333mhz
1TB SSD
GTX 1080 TI
Option #2 Mac Pro Can 2013 $2000
Intel Xeon e5-1650 v2
Dual Firepro D500
1TB SSD
16GB Ram
Option #3 Mac Mini 2018 $1600
I7-8700b
256gb SSD
16GB RAM
External RX 580 GPU

I have mixed feeling when replying to this message. I have to say, I love my cMP, it's one hell of a very solid computer. I have been using it for almost 3 years now since my last Mac Mini 2009 die on me at 2017. Thanks to very knowledgeable folks recommendation in this community. I end up getting a cMP 2009, since then the rest is history, have been a very happy camper. My workflow is far from demanding application like yours, video editing and 3D rendering. It's just an online computer.

However, up to this point, it looks like the party for cMP is coming to an end, looks like 5,1 will not have official support for Catalina (it may still run). Given the tremendous progress in maturity in the Hackintosh arena, if I am in your situation I may look at that, instead of limiting oneself on an Apple hardware platform.

Here are two youtubers I keep my radar on their recommendation for Hackintosh build list.



I am still expecting the cMP would serve me for years to come, but if the day come it has to go. I would not be caught off guarded. I probably would build myself a cheap Hack Mini like the following.


Hope this gives you some food for thoughts.

Cheers.

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Horselover Fat

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Feb 2, 2012
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Do any of the Hackintosh Youtubers comment on the ease of use once its built? I‘m talking short-term hurdles like OS updates, middle-to-long-term ones like T2 and the transition to ARM.
 
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