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I have a 2006 Mac Pro 1.1 with dual core 2.66ghz processor, I have 7 gb of ram.

I mostly do photoshop work typically with files under 100mb and rarely a few that might hit 300 or 400 mb with all the layers. I also do a lot of work with lightroom.

From what I have read this is the turtle of the macpros and is just plain old. I don't want to but a new macpro because I am waiting to see if there are new models coming out. I was originally going to upgrade ram to 14gb and graphics card to a tune of about $500.

Is htere any cost effective way to speed this computer up for what I do? Or am I better off buying another computer.

I have seen 27 inch Imacs with the i7 processor used for about $1400. From what I have seen it is well over 2x as fast as what I have now. Ram and a graphics card will run me almost $500. Seems like it might be better to aply it to something like this. Does this make more sense.
 

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I have a 2006 Mac Pro 1.1 with dual core 2.66ghz processor, I have 7 gb of ram.

I mostly do photoshop work typically with files under 100mb and rarely a few that might hit 300 or 400 mb with all the layers. I also do a lot of work with lightroom.

From what I have read this is the turtle of the macpros and is just plain old. I don't want to but a new macpro because I am waiting to see if there are new models coming out. I was originally going to upgrade ram to 14gb and graphics card to a tune of about $500.

Is htere any cost effective way to speed this computer up for what I do? Or am I better off buying another computer.

I have seen 27 inch Imacs with the i7 processor used for about $1400. From what I have seen it is well over 2x as fast as what I have now. Ram and a graphics card will run me almost $500. Seems like it might be better to aply it to something like this. Does this make more sense.

There have been a number of recent threads on upgrading the 2006 Mac Pro. Suggest you try the search feature in the toolbar.
I will try to find and post back some links to this thread. May take me a bit.

EDIT: Here is one
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/ap...o-what-can-i-upgrade-question-2006-1-1-a.html

EDIT2: And here is another
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/apple-desktops/259512-used-mac-pro-new-imac.html
 

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