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I'd like to build a decent video editor with USB 3 connectivity without paying retail. I'm told I need to be careful that the USB 3 card is compatible with the operating system's driver (hope I got that right). Currently editing on 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with 8GB of 1067 MHz DDR3 ram; want to create something faster in a tower (probably '09 and later), and add USB 3 connectivity without paying retail (oh, that apple name). On a related issue, presently am clinging desperately to 10.6.8 Snow Leopard because it's more stable and if I upgrade i have to bid farewell to my Final Cut 6/Studio 2, because I'm told it will not run on Lion or Mountain Lion. Sigh. Knowing which video card is best would help as well, though I may settle for whatever it comes with if I can get the rest right. Your thoughts, those of you with greater tech wisdom than myself (which might be just about anybody on this forum), greatly appreciated.
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So are you asking if you should buy a '09 or newer Mac Pro and add a USB 3.0 card into it? I'm not sure I'm following..

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Right. After a certain vintage the Mac Pro will not accept the USB3 card. Also there is a question if I want to stick with OS 10.6.8, which USB3 card will have a compatible driver.
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We've had several folks with later model Mac Pros who have tried to add a USB 3 card without success. It's not only a matter of finding the drivers but also a card that is Mac compatible with your Mac Pro.
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