13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2013 11:18 AM by Roy Bradshaw
Roy Bradshaw Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

Hello

I have a Mac Pro 1.1 with ATI HD 5770 graphics card and 6 Gb Ram. with the introduction of the new Mac Pro there will be used Mac Pro's post 2008 coming avaialble some with single processors and some dual. As my present Mac Pro works fine, so from a value for money point of view and beaingin  mind that time is not an issue for me, what woud be the advantages if any of upgrading and what model would you recommend.

  • 1. Re: Upgrading Computer
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,900 points)

    The main reason for upgrading a computer is to get more speed and as you said that this was not an issue for you, there can be no point in upgrading.

     

    So that's left you with a bit more cash in your pocket over the Christmas season, Roy. 

     

    P.S.  Of course you may need to upgrade eventually if your computer can no longer run the latest versions of FCP X and other apps.

     

    Message was edited by: Ian R. Brown

  • 2. Re: Upgrading Computer
    Roy Bradshaw Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Hello Ian

     

    There are  a few possible reasons to upgrade - the Restore facility - access to iCoud for example as well as future proofing for later programs. Elsewhere I have read some considerable discusion related to Photoshop and whether 6 core or more are better etc.  I don't really understand most of what is said so hoped for a FCP X users view on what to look out for. As you say there may not be any great reason to upgrade but then.........?

  • 3. Re: Upgrading Computer
    innocentius Level 4 Level 4 (1,490 points)

    The new Mac Pro is just around the corner. I have the same machine as you and it has served me well since 2006. But now it is time to upgrade and it will be the new Mac Pro. Not cheap.

  • 4. Re: Upgrading Computer
    eyeRuss Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I also have the Mac Pro 1.1 with the ATI HD 5770 graphics card but with 16Gb of Ram. My concerns are that the new version of FCPX that will be coming out, It will no longer run on the Lion OS. I say that because the new version of iMovie is Maverick only. So I've been looking for a good deal on a used Mac Pro 5,1 - 8 core machine. Not going for the new Mac Pros due to it's just too new of a design. Plus the cost is a bit high.

  • 5. Re: Upgrading Computer
    eyeRuss Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Well I was correct by stating that to run the new FCPX 10.1 you'll be needing to be running the 10.9 Maverick OS. Apple you suck!

  • 6. Re: Upgrading Computer
    innocentius Level 4 Level 4 (1,490 points)

    And that means also that nobody who want to start using fcpx can not buy unless he has Maverick. You can not reinstall 10.0.9 if problems occur. This is bad.

  • 7. Re: Upgrading Computer
    eyeRuss Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Yeah, I emailed Apple to find out how to download an app that I purchase in the past that runs on Lion. They pretty much came back and said you are Sh__ out of luck! A good reason to move to Windows.

  • 8. Re: Upgrading Computer
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    You have no backup? No Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner?

     

    Apple has never sold old versions of its software.

  • 9. Re: Upgrading Computer
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    If you have backups of older versions you can run them at any time. I have all the versions back to 10.0.1.

  • 10. Re: Upgrading Computer
    Thronborg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What about us that dont want or cant upgrade to 10.9?

    I got FCPX 10.0.9 two months ago and it was "designed" for OSX 10.6.8. And now i can upgrade. Apple, do you remember us, the old loyal users?

     

    Ole

  • 11. Re: Upgrading Computer
    innocentius Level 4 Level 4 (1,490 points)

    I have 3 copies on difference disks. But I thought about those who right how want to start to use fcpx with their rather old computer. They have to buy a new computer. Many software developers have older versions available all the time.

  • 12. Re: Upgrading Computer
    eyeRuss Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    At least Adobe lets you go back and install CS6 apps if you are on the Cloud.

  • 13. Re: Upgrading Computer
    Roy Bradshaw Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I can understand some people's concerns about older programs. However the purpose of my original message was to find out what computer parameters are necessary for FCP X in the context of value for money. For example is a dual processor better than one for FCP X, are 8 cores necessary or are 4 cores quite adequate, how much RAM? Apple says 4 Gb but others say more. You might say the more the better for all, but for example I have read that 12 cores can be slower than 6 in some circumstances. I don't understand these things but it would help me and possibly others if someone could say what is sensibly necessary for the amateur like me, not just the bare minimum, as I have said my Mac Pro 1.1 does quite well thank you. So what should I look for if there is a benefit in upgrading?