What to put next into my powermac

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  1. eva01 macrumors 601

    eva01

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    What to put next into my powermac

    (dual 1.8 4slot)

    I have 2GB of RAM 16X DL DVD burner and only 80GB 7200RPM HD, plus the 9650 256MB vid card (which i don't plan on changing)

    It is a toss up from maxing out the RAM (4GB) or adding in a raptor 74GB 10,000RPM HD and a 250GB internal HD plus an encolsure for the already existing 80GB HD.


    What do you people think?

    I use it for photoshop, webdesign and general things. Sometimes some heavy photoshop use.
     
  2. munckee macrumors 65816

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    My vote is for a savings account. Or more HD space IF you need it (but not a 10k, super duper drive).
     
  3. Seasought macrumors 65816

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    More RAM. :D
     
  4. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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  5. monkeydo_jb macrumors 6502

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    How about 2 of the new Raptor 150 GB 10K drives in a RAID 0 (stripe - fast, but not safe) and an external drive to put backups on?
     
  6. risc macrumors 68030

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    Hey eva01,

    We basically have the same Power Mac (although I have a 6800 Ultra DDL in mine) and I vote for the WD Raptor. I recently bought one of these to use as the boot drive on my Power Mac they are absolutely amazing. The fast access times are very noticable in daily use, apps just seem to open as soon as you click on them. I have a 320 GB WD3200JD that I used to use as my boot drive I just use it for storage now and I'm loving the machine. Get the hard drive you wont be sorry.

    If you don't mind me asking which dual layer burner did you buy? I've still got the standard super drive in mine and I'd like to upgrade it. Also do all your apps work with it?
     
  7. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I agree with saving the money, unless you're in need of more power/speed right now. Other than hard-drive space, that's a nice system.

    It's always a pain spending money on needless upgrades, then having no money when something else actually needs replacing!

    I was wondering whether the Raptor's have any reliability issues? (I've heard some gamers prefer using these in a mirrored RAID config since they can fail more regularly than 7,200rpm drives - perhaps they meant striped RAID for the extra access speed)
     
  8. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    My vote: max out the RAM.

    "You can never be too rich or too thin....or have too much RAM!"
     
  9. monkeydo_jb macrumors 6502

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    We have a server at work w/40 of the 74GB Raptors in it. I would say one dies on average every 6 months. That's not terrible, but not stellar.
     
  10. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Loud? :eek:
     
  11. monkeydo_jb macrumors 6502

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    Heck yes it is! It's huge, too! We had to use 4 12-port SATA cards, and then software stripe across hardware mirrored sets of two (effectively RAID 10). What a pain...
     
  12. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    I ordered a 2GB module for my iMac 20" today... maxing it out at 2.5GB and let me tell you... it feels great.

    A couple days away and my mac will be as good as it gets.

    Woot! Go for it!
     
  13. eva01 thread starter macrumors 601

    eva01

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    Haven't tried many programs. The only thing i notice is it can take a bit of time for the DVD player to eject.

    But i love it


    Also money is definitely not an issue here.
     

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