293 $ to Spend on Mac Pro=> Suggest. GO!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Syonidism, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Syonidism macrumors regular

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    as you can tell from the thread topic, I have exactly 293$ to spend on

    http://eshop.macsales.com/

    Suggest some things i can buy for my mac Pro &&// iphone 3gs.

    I'm eager to see what you guys would do with ~300$

    its kinda like one of those post your mac pro setups so plz dont bash.

    ALSO: the items have to be from http://eshop.macsales.com/

    :apple:Thanks in Advance !!! :):apple:

    PS: its the computer in my signature.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If it's the computer in your sig the. Upgrade the RAM.
     
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  4. Syonidism thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow really? I always thought 5Gb was enough :p

    ive been thinking about ram also...

    Still looking for more ideas :) thanks again for everyone.
     
  5. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Do a raid-0 setup if you don't have it.

    External hard drive for time machine. They have a dual esata external case for 60.

    More ram.

    New mouse or keyboard.

    Time capsule.
     
  6. Abidubi macrumors 6502

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    For that price I got 6GB of RAM and 3 HDs. 2 640GB blacks and a samsung 1.5TB.

    Or you could buy 1 80GB SSD. lol, I'm happy I took the 3000GB over the 80GB.
     
  7. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    depending on what he is doing, anything over 5 GB won't boost the performance at all, especially on a machine with slow 667 MHz RAM. I would go with the SSD, it would add to the computer's speed more than any other upgrades you could do at this point.
     
  8. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    A SSD plus adapter to work in the Mac Pro would probably be most beneficial for you, as well as more RAM.
     
  9. Syonidism thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i do gaming a lot (proffesionally) and am trying to become a game developer/programmer.

    I also do amateur photograpy...soo yeah, 5gigs of ram actually meet my expectations since ive never seen my system use more than 4.

    I have no idea how to set up or what a raid0 configuration works as (although ive read wikipedia and other sources, i still cant visiulize how i can use that technology to further increase my sys perf.)

    a SSD does sound really good. maybe getting a small (20-40Gig) ssd so i can put my main games in there etc...

    So far ive seen what ive liked:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Macessity/SLIMKEYV2/

    keyboard tuckaway. -56 $

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Rain Design/10032/

    laptop stand - 50 $

    These 2 ive really liked in some of the setups and could go for some eye pleasers at this point :) ( after my 4890 installation ive fallen in love with my mac yet again )

    I F**KIN LOVE THIS THING:
    [​IMG]

    still.

    also:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/TOOLKIT11/

    essential toolkit - 18 $ (ive *screwed* my older one) //maybeeee

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/ST31000528AS/

    its either this 1TB or

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Crucial/CT64M225/

    64GB SSD - 190 $

    i cant make up my mind.

    Still great ideas people thanks, keep em comin.
     
  10. Abidubi macrumors 6502

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  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I don't think NewEgg would honor the OP's OWC credit. ;)
     
  12. Abidubi macrumors 6502

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  13. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Given what you've described, drive performance would be the better way to go IMO, especially if you get into programming (reads the libraries faster to compile).

    I'd recommend looking further into RAID, and pay close attention to the different levels, and their consequences. You must have a good backup system in place (no matter if it's single drive or an array).

    SSD is good for an OS drive, and reading applications (random access). It's sustained speeds (sequential access) is limited compared to a mechanical array for the cost though, as say a 4 disk RAID0 would exceed what an Intel SSD can do for both reads and writes. It's just not as good at random access, as mechanical just can't quite get there. :p But even mechanical gets a boost in an array in terms of random access as well.

    You need to think about your usage patterns in terms of drive usage, and go from there. The information you've provided is minimal, so this is all I can give atm.

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  14. ManiG macrumors member

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    save your money. if you dont know what you want to upgrade, then you dont need anything.

    sorry for the boring advice -- but we all know it's the right thing to do!!!
     
  15. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    OWC store credit has a time limit. If he doesn't use it, it will be useless.. hence the reason he's asking for opinions.
     
  16. Syonidism thread starter macrumors regular

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    THANKS 2 EVERYONE for their lovely input on everything (even the boring ones :p )
    especially to kellen and nanofrog for clearing up the ssd/raid ambiguity in my head.

    here is what i went with:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Macessity/SLIMKEYV2/

    keyboard tuckaway. -56 $

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Rain Design/10032/

    laptop stand - 50 $

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/ST31000528AS/

    1 TB internal HD - 100 $

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/53IM2DDR4GBK/

    4GB - ram 76 $

    as ive said im really happy with the speed of my mac & everything but did not go with the ssd option since a 64 gb ssd is 190$ where as a 1TB + 4GB ram (for my macbook pro) would do so much more.

    The way i see it is; ill probably configure a raid-0 since as nanofrog said it could beat the ssd's speed hands down. also 1 Tb wouldn't hurt :)
    ( + I have 2TB of external HD's so i can also use them as backup.)

    the first 2 items are just eyecandies (nice&expensive ones :/ but still)

    THANKS AGAIN PEOPLE :)
     

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