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06-20-2005, 10:56 PM
I’m trying to figure out what mac to buy to edit with Final Cut Studio.

A Power Mac

• Dual 2.3GHz PowerPC G5• 512MB DDR400 SDRAM (PC3200)
- 2x256• 250GB Serial ATA - 7200rpm• ATI Radeon 9650 w/256MB DDR SDRAM
• 16x SuperDrive double-layer (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
• Apple Keyboard & Apple Mouse
- U.S. English• Mac OS X - U.S. English• None
Estimated Ship:2-4 business daysFree Shipping$2,549.00

Part No. CT439938 1GB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a Apple Power Mac G5 (Dual 2.3GHz DDR) System US $118.99 US $475.96

Total of: $3,025

Or an iMac
• 512MB DDR400 SDRAM - 1 DIMM
• 400GB Serial ATA drive• SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+RW/CD-RW)
• Keyboard & Mouse + Mac OS X - U.S. English
• 56Kbps Modem• 20-inch widescreen LCD• 2GHz PowerPC G5
• ATI Radeon 9600 with 128MB DDR Video Memory
• AirPort Extreme• Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Estimated Ship:1-3 business daysFree Shipping
Subtotal $1,999.00

Part No. CT440125 1GB, 184-pin DIMM Upgrade for a Apple iMac (G5-2.0GHz, 20-inch) System US $118.99 US $237.98

Total: $2,239

Would the Power Mac be worth $800 dollars more? I will probably start with Final Cut express, and then upgrade to Studio when I am ready.

But I would need a Mac that can handle Final Cut Studio well.

Any thoughts?

06-20-2005, 11:34 PM
I'm using the G5 iMac with the 2 GHz and 1GB RAM upgrade. I got it for just under $1,900 at PowerMax.

It's great for running final cut and DVD Studio Pro

06-21-2005, 01:14 PM
You don’t have any problems running Motion 2 with the iMac?

06-21-2005, 02:58 PM
I'd say that if money is no object, the speed bump and the xtra processor are worth the money. My brother has the dual 2.0 Ghz Powermac and it's a smokin' machine. The iMac is decidenly less so although it should be adequate for video editing, as long as you're not doing too much rendering.

06-21-2005, 05:25 PM
There is no question here. Get the power Mac spend the extra money these machines are worth it. I bought a G3 power mac when it first came out and it still runs like I just took it out of the box. My girlfriend uses it for photoshop. So yes I know $800 is alot but it's well worth it. Good luck.

Loud Orange Cat
06-21-2005, 05:28 PM
Food for throught: Here's an article about Apple's announcement that states Apple will no longer be selling single-processor Power Mac computers:

06-23-2005, 07:36 PM
Thanks everybody.

I think I will get a power Mac.