I'm a Music Composition major in college, wrapping up my Bachelor's studies in the fall. I am in serious need of processing power. I have a 2009 iMac with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB internal / 3.5 TB External storage.
For almost 2 years, I've been planning on updating to a Mac Pro. However, I put it off, wanting to wait for a newly refreshed model. I've been on the roller coaster of rumors for the Mac Rpo, and I'm exhausted. Finally, several projects have been offered to me, and I can no longer wait to "work with" my current set-up. Sample Libraries, Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro, and the rest of my rig demands too much on my iMac. I have several thousands of dollars of samples that I can't even use because they are too demanding on RAM.
So, I started to look into the possibility of a processing farm. I'm still an extreme novice, and any information about it would be greatly appreciated from informed readers.
Core Question: which would give me the best performance for processing, and overall use... the best Mac Pro currently available, or 2 Top level iMacs connected together - one as primary, and the other for dedicated processing power?
I don't have time to wait for updated models, unless they are rumored to be released by the end of the month. So, please, disregard the urge to suggest long term waiting - e.g., 2013 Mac Pro update. I'd love to update with that model, but it's just not possible now.
Please, any assistance that you wise readers can offer will be greatly appreciated! Ask me any questions to help alleviate any vague areas that I've left open.