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Beaniecheese
Jun 23, 2009, 06:16 AM
Hi you clever lot.

I'm giving my comp a new lease of life. Looking at getting a DL Superdrive and a new internal HD.

As far as I'm aware [with my limit knowledge] all I need is a 3.5" SATA and all should plug'n'play. But things are never that simple, for me anyways.

Internal HD conditions:

Mac G5 compatible
Fast with Photoshop
Quiet as possible
Reliable
Under 100


Which internal HD would you recommend?

Also, I have 3gb of memory, would making it 4gb make much difference? I generally have many apps open with photoshop being the most demanding.



California
Jun 23, 2009, 08:52 AM
Just make sure it has 32gb cache, Seagate should be fine.

I can't remember which dual you have but max out the ram. I think you can go eight gigs?

Also get the best video card you can find.

I'm running my 2.3 with 11 gigs of ram.

And a quadra 512mb card.

Andrew Henry
Jun 23, 2009, 09:13 AM
Just make sure it has 32gb cache, Seagate should be fine.

I can't remember which dual you have but max out the ram. I think you can go eight gigs?

Also get the best video card you can find.

I'm running my 2.3 with 11 gigs of ram.

And a quadra 512mb card.

32gb cache! :eek:

Just kidding, but I have 3 x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black drives in my MP and I love them, so I'd definitely suggest these! :)

Tesselator
Jun 23, 2009, 11:07 AM
32gb cache! :eek:

Just kidding, but I have 3 x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black drives in my MP and I love them, so I'd definitely suggest these! :)

From looking around on the hardware sites that review and benchmark single drives I would agree. The WD Black drives.

velocityg4
Jun 24, 2009, 10:33 AM
I am partial to Seagate (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433) drives myself. I have dual 640GB's and they are very cool and quite fast, I have gotten 80MB/s write speed with large files. Compared to the Western Digitals and Samsungs I have owned they are much quieter and far cooler. With all of the WD's I have owned they all would get nearly hot enough to burn your hand. While the Seagates are barely above room temperature.

I would also have mentioned Hitachi but Newegg does not list a 32MB Cache 1TB model. Though they may be available elsewhere. I have found there drives to be cool, quiet and fast too.

I use to refer people to the Tomshardware.com hard drive charts. But they screwed with the formatting so that is really difficult to isolate the specific drives and benchmarks now.