Advice Buying a Mac Pro

naveensunag

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Aug 20, 2012
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Hi,
I do video editing with final cut and motion and for other effects many times I use adobe after effects. Some times I even edit videos with 4k resolution. I do not work on maya but just wish to install it on the system in case we may need it some day, but this is not necessary. I need to buy a mac pro and I am not sure which machine to buy. I have very limited budget upto £2000 so i am even considering buying a refurbished/ Secondhand machine. Could anyone advise me which is the better machine a quad core or an 8 core. basically the machine should not slow down when editing on finalcut and after effects and should support videos of 4K resolution. Any advice regarding the hardware is welcome.

Thanks in advance
 

twietee

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Jan 24, 2012
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Hi,
I have very limited budget upto £2000 so i am even considering buying a refurbished/ Secondhand machine. Could anyone advise me which is the better machine a quad core or an 8 core. basically the machine should not slow down when editing on finalcut and after effects and should support videos of 4K resolution.
I'd say 6-core (3.33Ghz). :D

Given your tight budget it's considerable faster than the 8-core system. unless you would like to be able to spend serious $$$$ in future times to upgrade your dual-proc configuration which is not advisable, I'd def. would go with hex-core MacPro. It's by far the best alrounder within that price range.

You can consider buying a cheap quad-core (4.1 ?) and buy a new 6-core Cpu off e-bay and do the upgrade yourself. I checked that for Germany last week and here it's even cheaper buying refurb right away, unless you find a really good deal second-hand.
 

thekev

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I'd say 6-core (3.33Ghz). :D

Given your tight budget it's considerable faster than the 8-core system. unless you would like to be able to spend serious $$$$ in future times to upgrade your dual-proc configuration which is not advisable, I'd def. would go with hex-core MacPro. It's by far the best alrounder within that price range.

You can consider buying a cheap quad-core (4.1 ?) and buy a new 6-core Cpu off e-bay and do the upgrade yourself. I checked that for Germany last week and here it's even cheaper buying refurb right away, unless you find a really good deal second-hand.
The savings may be down to a few hundred given that they finally fixed refurbished pricing. A hex mac pro is now $2489 in the refurb section with a full warranty. I think they've finally killed the economy in that upgrade, especially as I'd prefer a refurbished unit from Apple to one with unknown history from a random seller.
 

twietee

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Jan 24, 2012
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The savings may be down to a few hundred given that they finally fixed refurbished pricing. A hex mac pro is now $2489 in the refurb section with a full warranty. I think they've finally killed the economy in that upgrade, especially as I'd prefer a refurbished unit from Apple to one with unknown history from a random seller.
That is what I tried to express as well. Seems like I failed. :D I would definitely go with a refurb, that is what I always do myself.