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I'm in film school editing class and we will be using FCP. I'm not doing anything crazy here at max a 30 min HD video. I'm not going all out as my budget is a little over 3K. I'm just wondering what one of these would be best or if they would all work well for what I plan on doing. I just don't want everything to go smoothly.

1. 15 inch mac book pro. 2.66 i7. 8 gigs of ram. 500 gig 7200 rpm drive. 2 gig firewire 800 external.

2. 27 inch imac. 2.93 quad core i7. 8 gigs of ram. solid state drive and 2 gig drive.

3. mac pro. 3.2GHz quad core xeon. 8 gigs of ram. 1 Tb drive and a 2Tb drive.

4. mac pro. 2 2.4GHz quad core xeon. 12 gigs of ram. 1Tb and 2 Tb drive.

never had a mac before. I know the current FCP does not recognize 8 cores. just wanna know what you guys think is best.

also if i go with the mac pro what are some good cheaper HD monitors. the apple ones are crazy expensive. I'm sure they are awesome though.
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They would all work just fine. Heck, if you were willing to deal with some time rendering, you could get a Mac Mini. (also keep in mind that editing issues that may arise depend on what kind of HD source footage you're getting - if you're using AVCHD, yeah any will work fine. If you're getting footage from something like a RED or extremely high bit rate like HDCam or D5, you may have to rethink what you will be purchasing)

Although FCP itself will only use 2-3 cores (a few features will use more) - your biggest benefit with a 8 core + system is for the additional applications that come with FCS like Compressor which will happily use ~100%x8 when transcoding footage from one container/codec to another.

In terms of a good monitor - that I can't really answer. I use a cheap monitor overall that I color balance on my Mac Pro (although lately I've done more of my editing at work where I am using an iMac)

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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