my workstation situation... time for upgrade?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by deathcabforbk, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. deathcabforbk macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2007
    So heres the deal, I have an old G5 tower, with a dual 2.0 chip and 2 gigs of ram... and i also have a macbook pro with a 2.16 dual card and 2 gigs of ram...

    but i am currently doing many paid projects using HDV footage, and on my laptop, it takes about 45 mins to render 6 mins of video...

    is it time to upgrade to a mac pro? or should i try to upgrade my old G5 tower?

    thanks :)
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Mac Pro time, methinks - preferably with at least 8gb RAM
  3. Deanster macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2005
    The minute you say 'Video for pay', I say MAC PRO. As long as you're using Intel-ready software (you don't specify what editing package you're using), your Macbook Pro is already considerably faster than a maxed-out G5 dual. You really want an octo-core MacPro with plenty o' RAM.

    If there's any relationship at all between rendering time and money, you can't afford not to be in 8-proc land...

    Separately, you have GREAT backups of your in-progress work, right? Just a reminder...
  4. deathcabforbk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2007
    yeah i forgot to mention im using final cut studio...
    along with other adobe programs.

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