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SpaceStockFootage:

--- Quote from: Chichikov on October 27, 2020, 12:37 ---Mac Mini 
3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)
RAM 16 GB (Even 32)
SSD 1 TB
$1700 (1900 with RAM 32 GB)

Monitor BenQ 2700 SW
$ 600 (Max)

+ Some external HDDs For Archive

It will cost you less that the iMac for very similar result
(Frankly a 4K monitor is not really necessary, it can even be counter
productive)

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Decent specs for the processor/drives/ram, but the Mac Mini comes with a pretty basic graphics card. Might be ok for graphics programs, but I wouldn't recommend it for After Effects, Premiere or Resolve.

flywing:
How long do you plan to use the setup (I see the word "future" in your post)?

Have you factored in the fact that Apple is on a transition to ARM CPU (called Apple Silicon) for Macs?

everest:
If you go the Windows route i would not get the RTX. Wait for the 3080 RTX it is that much better. I am on the GTX 1070 now and have just ordered the RTX 3090 as with 8GB of Ram I was running out of memory already on 4K a few times when using too many nodes on Davinci Resolve or using Mocha Pro. The 3080 is nearly as fast as the 3090 , the difference is RAM but at least go with 10. If you plan to shoot 8K in the recent future then it's 3090 or The new AMD cards coming with 16.

RAM if you do lots of VFX (my experience is only with DR Fusion) then 64MB would be ok 128 better. If you do not enter that realm 32RAM is enough

Processors The might Ryzen are great for Davinci but I think Intels are also good too. More cores can be used more efficiently than for example games where clock count is still king.

Disks Here again I would look for offers (Black friday around the corner) NVMe are speed demons and have gone really down in prices recently.
For Archive any cheap magnetic HDD with backup.

Monitor I love my 32 Benq 4K monitor upgraded 1 year ago from 22 Eizo. If you do a lot of video you want real estate for still images not that important. Colour accuracy always a must, more important than resolution.

Sometimes adding 1k to a computer can save you days in front of a screen if you change computer every 5 years. You have to decide if it is worth it,
All the best with your choice.

MotionDesign:
Iím using a Dell mobile workstation for all my works.
I9 9980HK, quadro rtx 4000, 32 gb ram (upgrade to 64 gb next month)
I use cinema 4D, after effects with plugins like element 3d and stardust, and
blender. I think that anything with this specs will be fine for still and video
editing.

fotoroad:

--- Quote from: flywing on October 27, 2020, 14:50 ---How long do you plan to use the setup (I see the word "future" in your post)?

Have you factored in the fact that Apple is on a transition to ARM CPU (called Apple Silicon) for Macs?

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I hope least 3 or 4 maybe little longer ...???

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