C4D/AE user Mac Pro specs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jade44V, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. jade44V macrumors newbie

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    I'm buying a mac pro in the next month and have a $6,000 budget.

    How would you suggest I spec it?

    I will be using this for Cinema 4D and After Effects work mainly... render time is not as important as workflow speed- I can set off a render overnight.

    So based on the processor options, RAM options, RAID or other hard drive options and graphics card options (anything on the market, not limited to the Apple store), what would you get if you were me?

    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    So it dosn't have to be a Mac?
     
  3. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB (since you are not gaming)
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    $3,300

    Anything else not from the Apple Store:
    EIZO or NEC HD monitor (my preferences): $500 ~ $800 (http://www.eizo.com/products/lcd/s2242w/index.asp)

    16GB RAM in 2GB modules from OWC. You may keep on reserve the 6 1GB modules already inside: $300 (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Mac-Pro-Memory)

    4 HDDs ( I have two 750GB in RAID0 as boot, application and home disk, 1TB HD as storage, and a 500GB 10rpm as scratch disk ): $600 at the time

    Total: $5000

    You might want to add a RAID card ($700), external RAID for more storage, software or other goodies. Probably can save on the monitor as well but I like my precise colour space..
     
  4. jade44V thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The "anything on the market not limited to the Apple store" was supposed to refer to the components!
     
  5. jade44V thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! You think that card is better for my purposes than the GTX 285?
     

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