Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:18 PM
I have been to B&H, sweet water, mac mall, and their systems are all set up "about the same"
for around $3299.00.
I am starting film school in June and I want to get a Mac Pro because I believe they have a longer life span than their counterparts for editing. I will be shooting SD and HDV. I currently use an HV30.
What I think I need:
320gb stock drive, 1TB drive, 1 super drive, 8GB ram, 22in Monitor (I have heard that the Dell IPS 2209WA is the way to go since Apple decided to gloss up everything) nVIDEA gforce 512mb of cache.
I have FCP5, will that work with Leopard? Should I go with an academic version of FCS? I have heard you can upgrade the ADVs of FCP, yes?
My budget for the system is about $3500.00 give or take $200.00
Any insight is well appreciated!
Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:36 PM
I don't know anything about Macs though, sorry. It's just that $3000 plus seems like a lot so I thought I'd offer.
Posted 21 April 2009 - 07:46 PM
I would hold off if possible so you can take advantage of a student discount with Apple, if you're going that route.
Personally I would opt for a mac, but that is chosen based on my situation.
Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:51 PM
Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:31 PM
Also, look into buying a refurbished Mac from Apple. Apple guarantees them same as a new Mac and I believe they are eligible for the Apple Care protection plan (look into that to make sure I'm correct in that). Also, if there is a store that sells Macs in your town, ask to see if they are selling, or will be selling soon, their display Mac.
My Mac Pro used to be the display model that my school's bookstore used. I got it for significantly less than if I had bought it from Apple, even with their student discount. They also gave me an extra $100 off the student discount price for Final Cut Studio 2.
I would also suggest getting a 24" Dell monitor rather than the 22". Last time I checked, the 22" wasn't quite a full 1080p monitor, but the 24" was. You'll appreciate being able to watch your films at their full resolution.
I would also pass on the 8GB of RAM. I have 2GB and I have no problem editing or doing effects work on 1080p video. If you do feel the need to get more RAM, check crucial.com. They have the cheapest prices on Mac RAM I've found. Also consider buying your 1TB drive from a 3rd party as well.
Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:06 PM