New Imac or Mac pro (desktop)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GregG26, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. GregG26 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
    I am looking at buying a new mac. I have been editing on my mac book pro with Final cut and Motion and love it. I dont really even us my PC any more. My question is would the Imac be able to handle alot of video edting or should i get the Mac pro? Being that you cant really upgrade the imac i.e video cards, hard drive , and the CPU in 3 year would i need to get a new computer again?

    thanks for the help,

  2. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    At the moment a quad core iMac offers more performance for the money than the Mac Pro.
  3. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    Don't take this the wrong way but if you have to ask which is better for whatever it is you do then you are not serious enough of a user to need the mac pro so get the imac.

    The Mac Pro is designed for a certain user and has the features that said user needs. If you needed these features you wouldn't be asking this question you would just get the Mac Pro.
  4. spcopsmac21 macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Get this Imac 27" quad core

    The Imac quad core is cheaper, has a screen and is a powerhouse for $2,000.
    The Mac Pro is over priced and under supported, its very difficult to upgrade the graphics card for a cheap amount. The Imac quad core is the way to go. I once paid $4,000 for a quad core PowerMac G5...3 years ago and now its not even supported and is HORRIBLY OUT DATED!!!!! So do not waste your money on a Mac Pro...a new Mac Pro with the same specs and the Imac quad core and a 27" led display would cost you over $ go with the Imac quad core. Apple figured if it made a power house Imac for $2000 it would make up for the low sales figures on the lower end Mac Pro.:apple:
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    While what a350 says is generally true, right now what cluthz said is right. Either quad core iMac should outperform the more expensive quad core Mac Pro in most cases, so it would not be a slam dunk for the Mac Pro.

    EDIT: In 3 years you will probably want to replace your computer anyhow. At least with the 27" you can keep using it as a monitor after it becomes "obsolete"...

  6. tri3limited macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    If you plan on actually getting into video editing your only choice is the Mac Pro. At some stage you'll want monitoring (i suggest tv-bay) as well as an I/O device such as a Decklink/Kona/Matrox card which are Mac Pro only (or MBP with ExpressCard).

    That's the only way you'll end up with a proper suite, potentially good enough for clients.
  7. ipodftw macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Go with the imac [​IMG] unless portabilty is a must!
  8. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    the quad core imac is infact better then the lower end mac pro (although not upgradable) and so would be a better buy to be honest... even the low end 21.5 is fine for editing... I use final cut on my iMac 20" to edit HD Biking movies and i have no problems.... get an imac, don't waste your money [​IMG]
  9. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    Does anyone else get annoyed by people stating that one product is "infact" better than another product but gives no reason why?
    I can state reasons why the mac pro is better than the imac.

    4 internal HDD
    2 optical drives
    Easily upgradable
    Supports multiple video cards for up to 8 displays
    4 firewire 800 ports
    pci slots for future: usb 3.0, lightpeak, etc...
    ECC ram, debate all you want, it's better
    18x optical drive
    Dual Ethernet
  10. parakiet macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2008
    it's better if you need it

    one who is used to edit with a laptop will gain a performance boost with an quadcore imac.
    sure a mac pro is "better" but also much expensive

    if you don't need raid, 2 optical drives, pci slots etc..
    than again the imac and a costum built mac pro are twee different budgets
    imac: lets say $2000 mac pro: $2400 +costum parts ($200-300 gpu, $250 ssd, $300 raid HDDs, $200-400 ram,...)

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