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Building a new system 25 Sep 2015 00:30 #68934

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New to the site. Thanking you all in advance for any advice.

So I have 15,000 and I would like to build a shared media, FCP system. Basically two Macs (one an iMac assistance station), Thunderbolt, sound, 4K.

Can I do it for that amount???

If yes, can anyone suggest the recommended hardware to purchase.

Cheers

S

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VidGreg 25 Sep 2015 18:11 #68959

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Hi Stephen
Welcome to the forums.

Always best to say where you are from as this is an international site. Monetary changes drastically depending on country.
See you are in L.A., USA so talking $$USD

You are not including cameras in this question? Cams are big ticket items.
Was the reference to 4K for monitors?

Yes you can buy a nice set-up for $15,000 USD, but it totally depends on what type of work you'll be doing. Some shops have way more than this invested for set-ups.
A very decent MacPro w/o Apple ram upgrade will set you back around $6,000 so if you go this route this will eat your budget totally especially when you include a $3,000 @4K monitors.
The iMacs with the i7, 3rd party ram upgrade, best GPU will set you back around $3,500 and includes a very nice 5K monitor. This is actually a nice machine to go with, but make sure it is the 27" 5K retina model.
You will need external drives, both for media and back-ups. This is especially true when working collaboratively and will add anywhere from a $1,000 to well over $10,000 (really skies the limit) Let's say 3-5 grand.
Sound can be either basic, decent sets of active monitors and cans, or very elaborate with mixers, mics, amps, etc and could therefore be any $$$$
That leaves software.
FCPX, Motion, Compressor to get started is a true bargain @ $400
Budget for plug-ins, and whatever other software you think you need.
Don't forget the expresso machine and fridge for beer.
Happy Editing
Hope this helps, Greg

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VidGreg 25 Sep 2015 18:18 #68960

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Greg cheers.

Los Angeles, CA so $'s for sure. First things first YES to the Expresso machine and fridge for beer :)

No camera gear just the Edit suite. Do I need a Video IO device if I want a monitor for playback. Or any video boards in the MacPro?

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VidGreg 27 Sep 2015 17:46 #68995

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Accidental duplicate Post

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VidGreg 28 Sep 2015 17:08 #69035

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Hi Stephen
The Mac Pro supports up to 3 4K monitors via Thunderbolt and HDMI.
Be aware the HDMI port shares a bus with TB #3 port.
Up to 60Hz if I remember correctly.
You can also hang a 4K display off the iMac, but I totally forget the details OTOMH.
Apple has to supply the driver, so check compatibility for any monitor you are interested in.

Hope this helps, Greg

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Thank you so much. I appreciate the input.

Cheers

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