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I went there and came back.
I cant say much more than that so read into it what you will.
I suggest you have a play on a MAC (with Premiere and/or FCP) before you make the leap.
I am a PC user also and am running CS4 on 8 cores, filming in HDV and basically outputting SD DVD's and also higher definition for viewing on a computer. I see no reason to jump ship. But I do have one question on your configuration.
Why 10GB of RAM? With current chips you need memory modules in pairs/CPU. There are no 2.5GB memory modules. Just go with 8GB (4 each 2GB modules) for optimum performance and if for any unknown reason you need more memory 4 each 4GB memory modules is optimum.
I dont think a mac with cs4 will be any more stable than a well built PC with CS4/Vista 64. Mac + FCP; maybe. But if you're sticking with PPRO I dont think the mac will get you much; assuming you are a pc guy as you say.
I tried working from a mac for a short while. While in Pr/Ae everything is fine. Its the 1000 little things you are used to doing that you will be frustrated with. Little utilities, file system stuff, etc.. that come 2nd nature will frustrate you on the mac. Im sure its the same going in the opposite direction too. I felt so much better when i got home to my PCs..
I appreciate all your comments, I have already paid for and am awating the arrival of the machine, so there is really no going back now.
What I was really looking for was somebody who is using PPcs4 on an Octo Mac so I could find out if it is running good.
As far as the 10gb ram,
I was not aware that 8gb setup would run better I will give it a try.
So anybody out there running a similar rig that can tell me about performance?
There will be tears before bedtime!
Good luck anyway.
haha hmm yes there will be a learning curve for the operating system.
thanks for the well wishes tho :)
Hopefully you are not doing this just because of Vista!
I run XP32 on five machines - no issues.
Warning: Wait till you start playing with MAC OS's and the constant incremental updates that knock over or make redundant your current software packages.