Need help. Trying to find my groove... ram & video question

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  1. pfrma575returns, Dec 4, 2010
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    pfrma575returns macrumors newbie

    pfrma575returns

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    Hi: I have some time as kids are getting older. I'm converting Hi8 tapes to make movies via Imovie. Albums, Cassettes, CD's, DVDs to MP3/MP4 formats. Doing some photos via Adobe Elements as well as HD content of gymnastics events. I'm a spoken word artist and plan on starting my own YouTube channel (poetry w/visuals).

    Problem: while making a video on my mid 2009 MBP 2.53 it froze for the first time and I had to close and reopen the program to complete. I figured I needed to upgrade from 4 to 8gb of ram so I ordered via OWC. Later, wife asked what I wanted for Xmas?

    Based on this info, would the added 8gb suffice? After some research, it seems like I just missed the boat with the new i3, i5, i7 technology. With some gift certificates from family and personal savings, should I invest in my future by getting one of these? (I'm using a 22' HP monitor w/MBP)

    Late 2009 i7 Imac (2.8GHz 8GB/1TB/Radeon 4850(512MB) $1879 Expercom)
    2010 i7 Imac refurb (2.93, 4gb, 1TB, TB ATI 5770 $1899 Apple)
    2009 MacPro Xeon 2.66 GHz - RAM 3 GB GF GT 120 ($1663 Cost Central)
    2010 MacPro Xeon refurb (2.8 , 3gb, 1gb ATI 5770 $2119 Apple)

    For those out there (As I've been reading posts): I bought the MBP off Craigslist for $1000. I've always been good w/my finances. I'm blessed that my wife and I still have jobs and healthcare. We live modestly and know that the above mentioned is really trivial. Your thoughts however are appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would wait for the RAM to arrive and then do some testing. More RAM will always help so may be that due to the RAM upgrade, you can squeeze a year or two out of your current Mac.

    If you still want a new one, then go for the #2, current gen refurb and buy RAM from 3rd party (OWC).
     
  3. pfrma575returns thread starter macrumors newbie

    pfrma575returns

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    Need help. Trying to find my groove... ram & video question

    HellHammer: As I've viewed several posts, I've always respected what you've had to say. I should be getting the RAM in the next few days. I'll wait and see what that does. Thanks! :D
     
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