Can't thank you enough for your reply. Seriously. You wrote it the way I needed it to be said so I would truly understand it.
As for the backup, most people who know me and have some basic understanding of why you should backup things think that I am paranoid and insane. That's how seriously I take backup. Multiple copies on site and multiple copies offsite, + 2 online backups. For several years I kept one offsite backup on the other US coast. That I no longer practice, but I am sending a copy of everything to Europe this summer. Not that my stuff has such value to others, but it certainly has an enormous value to me.
I'll have 40GB of RAM in the iMac. As for the HP, we're a team of two people and everything we run is Apple, has been for a decade for me and two decades for my partner, so going to Windows simply isn't an option. Damn this is hard when you're on the budget ;-).
Thanks to all.
Thanks to both of you.
I understand that there are many variables here and giving a definitive answer is often impossible. Being relatively new to this, I am struggling to understand all of this.
But, let me know if the following statement is generally true:
Using a RAID configuration with 2 enterprise level 7200 drives connected to an iMac with Thunderbolt 2
....is faster than....
a single enterprise level 7200 drive connected via Thunderbolt 3.
My reasoning here? T3 is faster than T2, but data stripped over 2 drives (RAID) makes things faster. Right?
Appreciate your opinion Ben, but there are two of us and we're 100% Mac both at home and the office. Too much has been invested in time and money for us to switch to Windows. Plus I have years of experience on Windows machines, which is why I switched to Mac 10 years ago.
Thanks Stephen for your input. I understand what you mean by too organized. My understanding of the video workflow is fairly limited so I'll probably make some mistake as I go along.
I'm aware a new model is coming out and I'm definitely waiting. For now I just wanted to know what to look for in a video-editing machine.