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    Hardware Upgrade Suggestions

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    So I am not very savvy when it comes to hardware and what configurations to get the best performance out of my machine. I was hoping that you could give me some suggestions on what best to upgrade. I was thinking maybe an SSD upgrade?

    Id love to hear your thoughts!

    Model Name: Mac Pro early 2008
    Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
    Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 3 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 8
    L2 Cache (per processor): 12 MB
    Memory: 12 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
    Bus Speed: 1.6 GHz
    Video Card ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
    HD 500GB (110GB Used)

    I use the machine to run the adobe suite, no gaming, but I do have quite a few programs running at a time.

    Any other info you need just ask!

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    Hardware Upgrade Suggestions
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    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    A SSD would be a nice addition. Certainly would speed things up. Hang on for a bit until our resident Mac Pro guys have a chance to tune in and advise you on the upgrades.

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    Hardware Upgrade Suggestions
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    Use a Mercury Extreme SSD from OWC and it really flies. Boot up in about fifteen seconds and everything is super fast. Suggest an Icey Dock to pop the SSD in.


    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Hardware Upgrade Suggestions

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    Thanks guys! So I'm guessing by the sounds of it that based off what I have the SSD upgrade would be the best way to go. I'm open to any other suggestions too! Thanks again.

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    Hardware Upgrade Suggestions
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    Compared to an SSD there are no other suggestions lol!

    When you pop it in, move the current drive to position two, and the SSD into position one. Do a clean system install and not a cloning, and use Migration Assistant to the move applications, network settings etc over from the original drive.

    When my SSD was working well, formatted No. 2 drive and cloned it using registered version of SuperDuper.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Hardware Upgrade Suggestions
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    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    Some of us curmudgeonly types don't think the zippiness of the SSD justifies the price, but if money isn't an issue than by all means.

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