Newbie to Mac world and advice before purchase

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dtechlogic, May 15, 2011.

  1. dtechlogic macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    Hi Guys,

    This is my first purchase. I wanted to know. If they work with any video cards. Mac pro. I was looking at the 8 cores. Will i be better off building a pc or just get a mac pro tower. I do render videos. Most of the time i will render 3 or 4 videos at the same time. I leave my pc rendering overnight. Also i play games. I will be purchasing a 27 inch samsung lcd monitor also. But i am just lost or confuse of what should i get. I did use mac before G4 but then it died on me a powerbook used maybe 2 or 4 hand laptop. Anyways the think is i will install windows on it with bootcamp to play the games i have and also will be getting software for mac for video editing. any recommendation. Will i be better off staying on windows pc platform or just go for the mac. Advice please
  2. afrye707 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    Get the pro

    My wife and I kept switching between pc and Mac we finally just got a mac pro and wow all I can say is that it is a power house. My wife uses final cut pro and she loves the program and computer. Also apple is releasing a new video editing program this summer just google upcoming final cut pro. Personally go with a Mac pro this is my set-up: Mac pro 8 core, ssd bay one, 1 tb for windows on boot camp, a 2tb in bay 3 for all my data and bay 4 is a raid to bay 3 it just makes a copy. And get the new final cut pro.
  3. dtechlogic thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    mac pro


    Thanks. Now I feel confident. I guess I will install Windows 7 on it to use Sony Vegas to get my stuff done. Will have to save money to buy final cut pro.also from an online seller they are selling a MAC pro 8 core 2.4ghz 6gb rams 4tb of hdd. Install already final cut express for.$3200 with 3 year applecare. Will this be a good buy or just buy it from Apple stor. Also I will get it with ATI radeon 5780 with it
  4. dtechlogic thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    order a new mac

    Hi Guys,

    i just order my Mac

    mac pro-Mac Pro Two 2.4Gz Quad-Core 16GB 4TB 3 yr AppleCare Ati Radeon 5870.

    Also i am going to get the Ati Radeon 5770 shipped to me. How much can i sell this card for the 5770 1GB Radeon Brand new out of the system. Please advice. also any tutorials on backing up the image or create a backup image with my software install already on the mac. it is coming with preinstall Software that i don't want to loose since the CD is with it. Is there a way to back it up.
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  6. dtechlogic thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    Video card

    I am getting faster response in mac community then the pc community. I use to hate mac but when i started to have project that required more power i have to switch to mac. Also about the video card can i sell that or should i just list it on ebay. Any recommendations.

  7. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
    Welcome back to the Apple side but you need to up your expectations. Getting a new PC gets you a complicated mess of software. Getting a Mac gets a clean install without the PC garbage to worry about. The system install DVDs (disk 1 and disk 2) have OS X and iLife. There are no driver disks or any separate utilities. It's all there in a simple format. Only other disks would be if you ordered iWork, etc.
  8. dtechlogic thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    Also i have the ATI Radeon 5770 1GB for the mac which i did not use i endup upgrading to the 5870. How much can i get on the 5770 since it is still new have not used it.
  9. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    I would have to disagree with fellow posters about windows. If you were OS dependent and needed a Mac pro, then would have suggested one. But since your using a windows program, you could of built a more powerful system at about half the cost. I had 2 Mac pro's, a 2006 and a 2008. Great systems, no doubt. The newer ones cost to much. If money isn't a issue, then by all means, get a Mac pro. Win7 is a heck of allot better than the fanboys here are willing to admit. BUT, if apple really updates FCP as they said, with all those features listed and the price, you will want a Mac pro. Both OS's are great. Just have to know how to properly configure each one for maximum performance with the least amount of headache.
  10. dtechlogic thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    I am still a windows pc also. For the mac pro was for the ease of having two system in one. Mac osx will be running and also will use bootcamp to run windows 7 for my games. I don't play games a lot but for the price i got my mac and with the software that it comes with it i feel like i got a good deal. I like my windows pc and mac. I did have plans on upgrading because my quadcore laptop is messing up on me but it is old i have a Q6600. i think i have Clevo laptop. with three hard drive and with a 8700M GT 512MB.

    anyways i don't regret spending my money on this mac since i don't upgrade like every 4 or 5 years. I will upgrade my pc/mac until in 7 or 10 years from now. Depends on my need also as time progress. I do video rendering a lot on my laptop.

    The only no has answer my question about the video card 5770 on how much can i sell it for.

  11. hammten macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2008
    To answer this question, if you put the card on ebay, you can likely expect anywhere between 150-200 for the mac 5770.

    Enjoy your new computer, that thing is a beast!!

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