Windows Convert Needs RAM Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by loblah, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. loblah macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    ok, so this is it. i've just bought a mac pro, it's on its way, and i'm damn excited.

    i work professionally in the film industry, and i'm sick and tired of Avid's hugely unfriendly interface, and so i'm finally going Mac and FCP. me = giddy.

    so. 2 questions.

    1) i'll be using it primarily for final cut and after effects, maybe motion. but mostly for straight-up offline editing on final cut pro. is there anyone out there with similar uses? what is a healthy amount of RAM for fcp? i'm thinking 10 GB, but someone recently told me that's overkill. would 6 GB be enough? is 10 GB worth the extra 200 bucks?

    2) it comes with 2 x 1GB, does that mean i should only buy 1GB sticks? can i buy 2GB sticks? is there a performance difference?

    thanks so much for your help!
  2. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    6GB should be ok, if i were you i would start off by filling each of the bays with 1gb chips, as that will be the cheapest solution

    it should make quite a big difference with HD stuff!

    but i really dont know what the difference between say 8gb and 32gb would be!
  3. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Since the Mac Pro can hold up to 32GB don't fill it up with 1GB sticks. That will be more costly in the future.

    If you're gonna do a lot of production work the more RAM you have the better. I'd look into some cooling for the sticks too. They will get a bit warm.

    10 GB is good. I'd look into more hard drives too.

    Welcome to the Mac Pro family!!
  4. loblah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    so then there is no difference between putting 1gb or 2gb sticks

    other than the fact that i'd be filling slots, and the price of course...

    but performance they're the same?
  5. loblah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    hard drives = i'm thinking the samsung spinpoints

    or a drobo

    not sure
  6. loblah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    btw = you guys are great, speedy, all that.

    i've been reading this forum for awhile, it's a good community.
  7. bocomo macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    New York
    if you go with mixed sized sticks, you should put the largest ones in the "first" slots for a slight benefit in speed (from what i've read/heard!)

    i haven't tested this but i have seen it offered as advice many times

    perhaps the more tech savvy would know for sure...

    btw, 2GB sticks are pretty good bang for your buck

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