Well the Mac Pro you have is definitely not ideal for GPU acceleration so I wouldn't invest that much into it versus a new system. Even a top of the line Imac would far outperform that Mac Pro. You might want to also consider the PC options since Adobe performs better right now on Windows especially for the same price range.
Thank you for the reply Eric. I was planning to just squeeze an extra year or two out of my current Mac Pro before I invest in a far superior model such as the new Mac Pro. So just for arguments sake what upgrades could I make to my current model to get the most out of it.
- I am thinking of GTX 680, but maybe another graphics card would be better suited?
- Replacing my Start up drive with a 1tb SSD, but maybe it would be better to get two SSDs one for the start up/applications and the other for AE cache?
- I also plan to get AE CC and PP CC and upgrade to Mavericks
The 680GTX would be far more than what that system can push. However that would be the ideal card to get at this point on that system.
A 256GB or 480GB drive would be more than enough for the OS. I would save a 1TB drive for media.
CC is the preferred option at this point due to updates, performance, and codecs supported.
What is the best version of AE and PP and OSX to have.
Don't know about OSX, but there is only one version of AE and PP you can have. CS6.
Anything later, CC or CC2014 you can't have. You can only rent.
Thank you for the valuable information Eric, I think I will go with the 680 but I understand that it wont be fully utilised on my old Mac Pro.
Perhaps I will replace my startup/applications hard drive with a 480GB SSD. My other 3 bays are full with 3 x 2TB Hard drives that have media on them so I have no spare room for a dedicated SSD drive for AE cache. But could I put a 250GB SSD into one of the PCI-E slots using something like - SSD SuperSpeed Upgrade Kit for Apple Mac Pro 2008 2009 2010 2012 | eBay
Would this be my best solution? Is it a relatively simple installation, does anyone have any experience of a similar setup?
cc_merchant, thank you for the reply, I am aware you have to pay monthly payments for CC, that is no problem.
Have, (verb): possess, own or hold.
Rent, (verb): pay someone for the use of ...
You explicitly asked about possessing, owning. Not about renting. With CC you can't HAVE the license, you can rent it but Adobe HAS it.