Configuring a new Mac Pro - 2nd Hand - Best setup?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ZAK248313, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. ZAK248313 macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Hi guys-

    Just picked up a spare machine for the office off Ebay. Only a few months old and got it for a pretty good price.

    Processor: Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Memory: 2GB (2x1GB)
    Hard Drive: 320GB
    Graphics: 2 x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB

    Never setup one of these with 2 graphcis card's and was wondering what the best config is?

    I'm waiting on a couple of Dell Ultra Sharps to arrive (Again, spare machine, the ACD's are on all the good ones!)

    There's 2 DVI outputs per card. (4 DVI outputs total)

    Should I be putting 1 monitor per card? Or putting both on the same card? What are the advantages / disadvantages of this?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    The only way the arrangement will affect is if the speed of the PCI-express cards is different. (Check in system profiler). Unless you do high graphics intensive work, you probably wont notice.
  3. ZAK248313 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Its mostly used for Final Cut Pro, Uncompressed 10bit editing.

  4. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    In my opinion, plugging in one monitor per card is the best idea for editing at that resolution. Not to mention that, unlike in the PC, video cards cannot SLI/Crossfire… Plugging both monitors in one card will make that card do twice the work and the other will do no work at all (except draw power).

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