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Upgrading Mac Pro 4,1


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Hi All!

I'm picking up a used Mac Pro 4,1 tomorrow.

Aaaand, I know 2 things:

1: it does not have an Airport Extreme Card - so where can I get one and how to install?

2: the graphics card is in dire need of an upgrade - its an GeForce GT 120 - which cards will fit in a Mac Pro? Im going for gaming performance here
(bonus note: I'm kinda strapped for cash - so I can max spend like 100- 150 pounds/euros on a graphics cards, as long as I get an serious upgrade over my MBP's Radeon 6750m 1 GB)


Keep in mind: I'm in Europe, so if you link to sites likes amazon, please use amazon UK or Germany, or any other european equivalent

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1: it does not have an Airport Extreme Card - so where can I get one and how to install?
- Purchase: e-Bay
- Install: ifixit.com

Powerbookmedic.com is a good site...but it's U.S. based...and I'm not sure what your shipping fees would be like to Europe.

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...which cards will fit in a Mac Pro? Im going for gaming performance here
Radeon 5770 or Radeon 5870

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(bonus note: I'm kinda strapped for cash - so I can max spend like 100- 150 pounds/euros on a graphics cards, as long as I get an serious upgrade over my MBP's Radeon 6750m 1 GB)
Good luck with this. What you're looking for is a Ferrari on a Volkswagen budget. Video cards for Mac Pro's are not cheap.

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Hi and Thanks!

I'm reluctant to purchase anything above 100$ outside Europe due to our insanely high import fees (can easily double the price :S)

So far, and according to GPUboss.com, this is the 7th best card (i think) that'll fit in my new Mac Pro:

Komplett.dk - ASUS GeForce GTX 660 2GB PhysX CUDA

and its even within budget...

Now, please tell me I've actually found a card on my own that'll actually fit (<- and work!)

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Now, please tell me I've actually found a card on my own that'll actually fit (<- and work!)
Does it say that it's Macintosh/Mac OS X compatible? Purchasing compatible video cards for Mac Pro's isn't easy. Then when you do find them...they are not cheap.

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- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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Does it say that it's Macintosh/Mac OS X compatible? Purchasing compatible video cards for Mac Pro's isn't easy. Then when you do find them...they are not cheap.

- Nick
No, but according to:

Frequently Asked Questions About NVIDIA PC (non-EFI) Graphics Cards - MacRumors Forums

All Nvidia cards does not need to Mac "edition" anymore

As far as I know - its a matter of finding a card with a TDP lower than 225w

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