Advice On Upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rodedwards, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. rodedwards macrumors member

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    Hi everyone !

    I'm after a bit of advice ...

    I currently own an early 2009 Mac Pro Desktop 2 x 2.26 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 32Gb Ram and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB.

    I'm a photographer / videographer and i'm thinking maybe i need to upgrade my computer soon.

    Will i notice much of a performance improvement if i upgrade to either a new 27" 3.4ghz iMac with 32Gb Ram and a 1Tb Fusion Drive

    Or

    A new Mac Pro with 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 32Gb Ram and 1Tb PCIe- Flash Storage ?

    Obviously newer Macs will be a bit faster ... but how much so - especially if i consider an internal 1Tb SSD for my existing Dual Quad Core Mac Pro ?

    Are we talking about doubling the speed of Photoshop etc or just a slight improvement in performance ?

    Advice would be appreciated ... thanks !

    :)
     
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    New York City, NY
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    Your computer itself can be upgraded greatly. For example, I recently upgraded my 2010 Mac Pro to two 3.2GHz W5580 quad core Xeons. I found the CPUs for $100 each on Ebay and then sold my old CPUs for $75 each.

    You can also replace your startup drive with an SSD that will greatly improve overall perception of snappiness.

    If you use any software that is CUDA aware, such as DaVinci Resolve or After Effects, changing your Nvidia GT120 to a newer Nvidia graphics card will greatly improve your performance.

    With these simple upgrades, your Mac Pro can outperform anything in Apple's current lineup except for the upcoming Mac Pro.

    *Side note: You will get much more feedback regarding this if you posted in the Mac Pro sub forum.
     
  3. rodedwards thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks enormously helpful Pastrychef ! Thanks !

    I'll repost in Mac Pro Forum too.
     

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