RAM and video card question for Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DetroitRockCity, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. DetroitRockCity macrumors member

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    I am in the final steps of getting my research done for a Mac Pro purchase.
    I plan on doing AVCHD and HDV editing in Final Cut Studio 3. This will also be my main machine.

    First question:
    Would 6GB of RAM do the trick?
    I am going to purchase the base model Mac Pro 2.66 Quad. I will be using the student discout.

    My second question:
    If I buy a third party video card like a GTX 285 or HD 4890, am I able to use both the DVI ports? I plan on having two monitors (1900x1080).
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    if you plan on buying a PC 285 or 4890, afaik only one port will work.
     
  3. DetroitRockCity thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, I was planning on that.
    How does one get a second dvi monitor to work then?
     
  4. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    I thought Snow Leopard fixed some of the dual port functionality? Or was that only 4870s? At any rate, I suggest more than 6 GB of RAM. FCP can only use 3 GB for now, but if you're using multiple apps at once or, say, Motion, more would be useful. Always good to have breathing room on an editing machine.
     
  5. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    I have 6GB of RAM and have no problem editing smaller 5-10 minute HD videos in FCS3. Perhaps if you are dealing with longer projects, it might help, but certainly not for short stuff.
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    and if more RAM is not an option financially, then perhaps a nice fast ~50GB scratch partition?
     

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