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    Oct 09, 2012
    How can I get the best performance out of my Mac Pro?
    I am currently running an 8 core Mac Pro from early 2008
    I am looking for the best possible way to set up my computer.

    Here is what is inside the box:

    18gb RAM

    ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card (all 3 display ports are being used)

    1.5 Terabyte 7200 RPM Seagate Drive
    1 Terabyte 7200 RPM Western Digital Drive
    2X 320 GB 7200 RPM Western Digital Drive

    I am currently running Lion Server

    I use the computer mainly for video editing and compositing with some 3D rendering. I am very happy with it but I feel like it could be much snappier and with the hardware installed that it should be performing much better than it is. I am going to back it up and re-install my OS but I was wondering if I should go back to Snow Leapord Server, as it was the operating system that came with my machine. I am thinking about setting up my two 320 GB drives as a striped RAID 0 and running my OS and heavier applications off of this. Would there be a noticable performance increase by doing this?
    Is there anything else I should be doing to make it faster?

    I am toying with the idea of buying a small Solid State drive to run my operating system off of but I would like to avoid spending any more money at this point.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    The best update for your Mac Pro is to pop an SSD into bay one and do a clean install of Lion on that. Run your OS on that and additional drives for applications and a cloned copy of the OS of course. Stick with Lion.
    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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