2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 17, 2013 3:32 PM by Studio X
dmorton750 Level 1 (105 points)



Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this but I'll post it anyway.


I'm starting to get very into photography and videography. I started playing around with it back in 2009 when I bought my base model 21" iMac. I ran iPhoto and iMovie. Now I'm running Aperture, Final Cut Studio, Photoshop, Premiere, etc. This computer cannot handle any of these at a stable pace. So I'm in the market for a "new" computer. I'm trying to stay under $800 and these are my two options:


1) 2013 Mac Mini - $699

     2.5GHz i5

     8GB RAM

     500GB HD


My other option I found on the internet used:


2) 2008 MacPro - $600

     Quad Core Intel Xeon

     6GB RAM (I plan to upgrade to a much higher level)

     320GB HD (I have network storage so this is not a problem)


Which seems the best? I'm guessing the Pro but I wanted another opinion.



  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    MacMini.  I highly doubt you need anything the MacPro has to offer...the PCIe slots mainly. Those allow you to add capture cards for broadcast work.  If you shoot tapeless, or firewire tape...then you have no need for the tower.


    Plus, the MacPro you listed is 6 years old...the Mini...brand new.  Don't buy into old when you are getting computers.  They age too fast. 

  • Studio X Level 7 (27,030 points)

    I have a MacMini server i7 (aka 4 core) and a MacPro 2008 eight core.


    The Adobe apps benefit greatly from CUDA enabled video cards. The MacPro will do an AE encode in 1/3 the time of the MacMini because the MP has a nVideo Quadro 4000 card and the mini is using the on board video.


    While the MacPro is getting long in the tooth, all its parts are replaceable. Not so for the mini.


    Just sayin' ...