Well, I am in a position to replace ny archaic computer. As a background, I currently shoot mostly motorsports and event photography. But around Christmas I am trying to put myself in a position to buy a 7D to get a taste of HD video. Actually I'm debating that or a 5D mkii and also still comtemplating just getting a nice high end camcorder (although the thought of carrying around so much equipment isn't appetizing but I have a couple months before I pull the trigger on that aspect).
But the aspect I am ready to tackle is a computer. The bulk of my work will be photos and video processing. I want to get a computer that I don't have to worry about upgrading for 3-5 years. I have been leaning toward a Mac Pro because it seems to be best suited for what I would be doing. It would be overkill for photo processing and would be on the money for video work. But it's a lot of mula. I could pull it off but I would be eating ramen for a while.
My over thought is to build a kick-ass PC. I'd do a ground-up build because I want to use my existing computer for another pet project. Where I get lost is what aspects of a PC computer build would be critical for video processing work? I have done mock PC builds that have me around $2K but I don't know if I have really tackled the key parts that I would need for the work I'd need to do.
I know I have opened a large door in my request, so to make things a little more concise I guess my main question is can you build a PC that performs as well as a Mac Pro (for video editing and long-term usefulness) for substantially cheaper? And to follow that up, if you can, what key areas should I be spending my money on?
I'll start another thread regarding some of the other items I have mentioned so as to not have too many topics being tossed around here. Thanks in advance for your help.