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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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