Ok (super long reply post by person imminent ... you have been warned)
My 1st gen 12 core finally gave out under the weight of rendering, travel and just overall abuse (not that I abuse my machines but 6 years of rendering hasn't helped). The only reason the nMP was even on the table as an option is the discount my roommate gets on apple products ... 25% off an expensive ass machine makes that price tag hurt a bit less. Looks generally don't dictate the decision but I've grown use to the mac look and OS. Software licenses would be a costly issue so that isn't exactly helping but if I gotta pay it, I gotta pay it. I think the iMac might not have the horsepower I need and the 5k monitor seems kinda excessive when the GPU's kinda suck. Finally if Todd Kopriva says no then I'm not gonna push for the AMD chipset
I have no issues with a PC it's just I have no idea how to build them. I also don't have to tech knowledge to troubleshoot them
I think we're at a point now where both have their pros and cons (hopefully no mac/pc wars start out of this). Looks don't really matter but the machine needs to deliver. I'll look into a DNxHD workflow (got any tips I'd appreciate it) but I'll definitely give the PC a second look
Apples switch to AMD kinda surprises me, you'd think with NVIDIA's lock on the pro-software market jumping chipsets would be a poor business decision. Then again I think Apple doesn't care about the pro user. I've heard mixed review about rendering on the AMD GPU's and it kinda scares me
mah brotha from another motha - Yeah the clock score on the chips on the nMP are horrible
Yeah it seems the gap for the Mac Pro and iMac are closing pretty rapidly, then again we've seen this for a while. Good find with the article duder
yeah the AMD GPU set makes the nMP kinda a deal breaker unless you edit in FCPx and don't need to calculate alot
That's actually my biggest concern with the 5k iMac ... with the system driving that 5k monitor, whats the viewport performance in a 3d application? It seems (logically) that viewport performance would take a major nosedrive in order to keep the monitor working. So if I went the iMac route I'd buy the old one with the NVIDIA cards and the 2k screen.
Your workflow is actually what I want. It's at the point where the PC is great for rendering and the heavier 3d files, but the Mac could be used for design and AE. As I respond to these I have given up on the nMP and if I stay Apple i'll get the older iMac's (which should be fine) and then throw some cash at building a nice PC over the next year or two. Also I'm in NYC too so I feel you on the whole apartment thing
... guys thank you so much for all of your help I've gotten alot to think about and I think I have a good idea of what I'm gonna do. Now it's time to crunch the numbers and give my 12 core the viking funeral it deserves. Silver lining in all of this is that at least I can write this off on my taxes.