Upgrade RAM or GPU on Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ejewels52, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. ejewels52 macrumors member

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    Okay, so I finally want to spring for a new mac pro. I don't want to go over 2600.00 USD, so I have two upgrade choices. I can get the graphics card upgrade, or the 2gig RAM upgrade. (wish i could get both) I am a graphic designer, using CS2 and stuido 8 most of the time. Should I upgrade RAM to 2 gig, or keep it at 1 and spring for the ATI card? I don't really play games but occassionally use Maya...
     
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    For your stated uses, I think that you would see more benefit from having 2GB of RAM. Especially if you have it running in quad-channel mode. :)
     
  3. ejewels52 thread starter macrumors member

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    so when would it be wise to get the upgraded card? for games? I mean lets face it, I use an old quicksilver g4 with the stock card, and though slow, the graphics still are okay...
     
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I agree; I think you'll see more overall gain from the RAM upgrade. Enjoy! :)
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Yep, if you plan on doing any heavy gaming, then go for the ATI Radon
    X 1900XT, otherwise the stock NVIDIA 7300 GT should be fine. :)
     
  6. ejewels52 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not a gamer, but could I still play games with the stock card okay?
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The stock card while not top of the line, should be fine for most games. :)


    EDIT:

    Check this out, I hope that it helps-

    http://www.barefeats.com/quad10.html
     

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