Need new mac, buy or wait? Advise

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sarmanx, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. sarmanx macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm new in the forum, please excuse me if I have an extensive lack of knowledge. I need help deciding which machine to buy.

    Currently I'm using my MBP 15 I bought back in 2007, a very poor 2.33Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, ATI X1600 256MB, 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM and upgraded hdd to 320Gb and a bunch of external hdd's. Runs ok with 10.7.5.

    I'm a pro photographer and I run LR4 with lots 24mb raw files, laptop is a little slow here but I can live with that.

    The problem comes now that I started a video company and editing with premiere CS6 make the fans run very fast and CPU rises to 80ºc. I feel that it can fail anytime soon. Trying to avoid overheating I use a laptop stand with fans but not sure if helps.

    The main question is that I need to get a new machine and I´m not sure which one fits on my needs or simply if I should go buy now or wait for the new mac pro?

    My idea is to get a 2.40GHz 12-core, with only two upgrades, 512 ssd for system & apps and ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB. The rest I can upgrade it later with non apple parts as work requires (even GPU can be upgraded later but difference is only $200).

    The machine I need has to be able to run Photoshop CS6, Premiere CS6, After Effects CS6, Auditions CS6 and maybe Lightroom 4 too, at the same time.

    I know the cost is gonna be high so thats why I ask for your advise here, I don't wanna screw it and spend 5K on the wrong stuff.

    Thanks in advance!

    German Paz.
     
  2. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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  3. thekev macrumors 604

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    It's unfortunate that the mac pro lacks standard CUDA options considering the use of Premiere. Also consider that no matter what, these machines are really aging hardware. $5k is quite a lot for what you really get in terms of hardware. As for the notebooks, even the new ones get really hot under that kind of load, although I think a few people on here mentioned using the rMBP in After Effects.
     
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I should add that I only gave advice based on if you are absolutely firm on building a Mac. If *I* were building a new edit system TODAY, I would build a PC system for the Adobe products, using Windows 7.

    ADK Media Group are a well-respected builder of edit systems, and they should be someone you talk to first. They know Macs and PCs, so it's not like I'm sending you to a PC-only shop. They build both.
     
  5. mokeiko macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree with this. I use Premiere Pro C6 and FCS, hence the only reason why use a MacPro.

    mokeiko
     
  6. carter2 macrumors member

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