Refurb MP or new iMAC

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by H&J Studios, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. H&J Studios macrumors newbie

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    In the market for a new mac. I was very close to pulling the trigger on a new BTO iMAC with CPU and GPU upgrades. After doing some research maybe a refurb MP would be a better option? No doubt the new iMAC looks like a performer but I think a MP is better for the long term.

    This system will be used with Lightroom and Premiere. Options on the table are the 4 core MP at $1819 or 8 core at $2649. I do have two older 19" monitors but would like to get a cinema display.

    Discuss.

    Edit..... A new quad core MP could be on the table too, but with there being a update? this year maybe the refurb is the better buy.
     
  2. All Taken macrumors 6502a

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    If you need a machine now and have your reasons for 'needing' a Mac Pro chassis then buy a refurb. You mention a quad core so your best bet is buying a refurbed quad and upgrading it yourself to a 6-core with a W3680.

    Buy the most basic quad refurb you can and it offers good value with a DIY upgrade.

    This is IF you need a Pro, do you?
     
  3. H&J Studios thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The alternative is im stuck with what the iMAC has to offer today.
     
  4. nigelbb macrumors 6502a

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    If you are using Premiere Pro then the two things that the Mac Pro can give you over the iMac is a second CPU and the ability to add a GTX570 CUDA graphics card. We have early 2008 3,1 dual-CPU 4-core 2.8GHz Mac Pros & Premiere runs like a dream on them especially after the GTX285 graphics cards were upgraded to cheap used PC GTX570 video cards & the hard disks upgraded to SSD. When rendering PP maxes out all eight cores on these machines which will grind through the work quicker than even the fastest 4-core iMac.
     

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