October 19, 2014 at 6:40PM

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Which computer should i buy?

I'm coming from a Macbook Pro 15 inch (2010) with these specs:
- 2,53 GHz Intel Core i5
- 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 256 MB

This was a laptop i used for study. However, i pushed it pretty far.
I'm a graphic designer who loves film, photography and Motion Graphics. But i like to edit this material as well. I've been using After Effects and Premiere Pro on my Mac, and I have as well tested Maya 3D.
You can imagine how much time my mac used on rendering....
I'm trying to establish a small business - meanwhile maintaining my studies. I'm looking for a PC/Mac that offers smooth editing and fast rendering in Premiere Pro and After Effects (also in 4k).
Right now i'm looking at a PC with:
- i7-5960X Extreme Edition LGA2011-3, 8-Core,3.0GHz,20MB,
- Crucial DDR4 2133MHz 32GB
- ASUS GeForce GTX TITAN Z 12GB PhysX
- HyperX 3K SSD 240GB

Is this overkill for my needs? How about the 5760 CUDA cores in the graphics card - are they worth the money?
My budget is set to a semi-maxed-out 5k iMac. (Don't know if the iMac will fit my needs - probably not in the long run).

Link to the pc above (yes, this is a "gamer"):
https://www.komplett.dk/komplett-gamer-xtreme-titan-z/10937#!tab:extra

I Hope you can help me.
- Jonatan Sander

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How experienced are you with using PCs? I ask because I’ve used Macs all my life, and even though a PC might have faster specs, I know for me it would NOT save me time because of the amount of time I would be wasting trying to adjust my workflow and trying to troubleshoot issues that come up with the computer.

There’s a good chance that wouldn’t be an issue for you but I thought I’d throw it out there so you can factor it into your decision. Tech specs aren’t everything. There is a lot to be said for workflow. Also time and sanity spent dealing with crashes and general OS maintenance.

October 20, 2014 at 4:41PM

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Ryan Toyota
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Thank you for your reply. I know Windows very well, however i prefer Mac OS way more than Windows. I think i'll wait to see if the new iMac 5K (maxed out) will fit my needs.

Jonatan Sander

October 22, 2014 at 4:14AM

Your new rig seems pretty good, except that you definitely don't need 32 GB of RAM. I recommend either 8GB if you're working with 1080p, and 16GB if you're working with 4K. Anything over that will give you diminishing returns and will waste your money.

Finally, I recommend going to NewEgg.com and buying your PC parts from there and having them shipped to your house and assembling them yourself. This will be much cheaper on your bank account.

October 22, 2014 at 2:19PM

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Christopher Brazil
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If you're working with RED/4K+, then actually that 32gb of RAM is totally fine, and more would not be too ridiculous. We've been routinely burning through 50gb+ when editing a ton of Dragon footage.

Titan Z is totally not worth it. You'll get real-time playback of 6K with a Titan Black, and it'll cost less. It's not just that the Z is overkill, it's just a bad deal. Performance doesn't match its price.

If you aren't working with RED/4K+, then this whole setup is pretty overkill.

October 23, 2014 at 7:23PM

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Daniel Keywan Hollister
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I thinks that I will go to iMac but not the retina version, is slower. The Nvidia 780M 4 DDR5 version with 32 GB the ram and fusion drive.

I use a lot of machines, pc, mac, mac pro, macbook, and is the best option for you use, belive is fastter and not only for hardware.

October 27, 2014 at 3:36AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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If you're comfortable assembling your own system, you might check out the DIY projects at "VideoGuys": http://www.videoguys.com/Guide/E/Videoguys+DIY+10+++Our+wait+for+Thunder.... Even if you don't go that route, the reasons they give for the components they recommend give a good starting point for discussion.

October 27, 2014 at 8:01PM

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Minor Mogul
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