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    how to upgrade my mac pro
    Hi all,

    I have a mac pro bought in 2008 with a setting as follows:

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
    Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 8
    L2 Cache (per processor): 12 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.6 GHz

    My question is, I urgently need to upgrade this to a full power thing to edit my video. Which kind of hardware should I get regarding harddrive, cpu, memory etc? thanks so much for any help.

    stone

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    2 gb of ram in a Mac Pro Quad??

    You should upgrade to at LEAST 8gb of RAM...

    Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC

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    Hi there,

    My advice to you, is to download Mactracker and click the "This Mac" tab, on the left side.

    That will identify your Mac by what's known as its "Gestalt ID" and tell you what the possible upgrade paths available to you are.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks!

    What is the maximum of memory I can upgrade to?

    Which kind of hard drive should I get to make it full use? do I need by cpu as well?

    Sorry for these dumb questions, I am not good with computer stuff at all.

    stone
    Quote Originally Posted by ZorroAMG View Post
    2 gb of ram in a Mac Pro Quad??

    You should upgrade to at LEAST 8gb of RAM...

    Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC

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    Thanks. I just did. But I am not sure how I use it.

    Here is the question:
    I got 2GB memory, now if i update to 32, do I need buy 30GB (7x4GB + 1x2GB memory?)

    For hard drive, I suppose I can buy 3x 1TB hard drive fill in the other 3 cores?

    do i need to buy CPU as well?

    Thanks so much,
    stone
    Quote Originally Posted by Rottie View Post
    Hi there,

    My advice to you, is to download Mactracker and click the "This Mac" tab, on the left side.

    That will identify your Mac by what's known as its "Gestalt ID" and tell you what the possible upgrade paths available to you are.

    Hope this helps.

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    No, your CPU is just fine. Max out the memory and put in 2 2Tb or bigger SATA II drives and you'll be set.


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    And quite frankly, there are a lot of people editing video with a lot less machine than you have there.

    That machine is capable of editing video without doing anything to it, although more RAM and a faster hard drive may help speed wise.

    Are you just wanting to edit some home video... doing this professionally... what app are you using for editing...etc?

    I'd suggest before you go throwing money at it, you explain why it is you believe it needs upgrading.
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    I agree with the above. Blind upgrading things to the max is lovely and will fix your needs but can be very expensive and can be overkill for the tasks you want to do. best for you to work out exactly what you want to do and what specs you need. You might not need to upgrade to the max to get a machine very capable doing what you want it to. And in the procesd you'll save yourself a lot of money.

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