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brickford5 06-20-2011 12:19 PM

Hardware Upgrade Suggestions
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!

chscag 06-20-2011 02:01 PM

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.

harryb2448 06-20-2011 05:41 PM

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.

brickford5 06-21-2011 12:04 AM

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.

harryb2448 06-21-2011 06:37 PM

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.

chas_m 06-23-2011 08:03 AM

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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