Couple questions on new MP

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sjordan, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. sjordan macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    I am about to purchase a 2010 quad 2.8.

    I have 2 easy questions:

    1) I plan to later upgrade this to a six core, can I buy the memory PC-10600 memory and use it on the 2.8ghz that way I am ready for the 6 core?

    2) What size SSD should I get for boot and applications? Is 60Gigs enough?

    I will be running Lightroom 3 and CS5 on this machine the majority of the time.
  2. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    Yes, that mem (1333) will work in the 2.8 quad. There are plenty of threads on this forum re selecting/purchasing mem.

    JMO, but 60G is a bit "light" for a MP boot drive UNLESS you only load a couple programs. I would recommend a 120+ GB SSD. Prices have dropped a lot for the 120's.

  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    the ram is not an issue 1066 or 1333 will both be read as 1066.

    the long and short of it is the 1333 is not faster then the 1066 .

    so purchase per gb by price alone.

    I have 1333 in my 2.8 to 3.2 hex mod it read as 1066 which is slower, but latency helps make up for it. Latency is slower in the 1333 and faster in the 1066 it kind of makes up for it.

    Don't buy 60 gb ssd. Pennywise pound foolish.

    look at the 160gb intel 320 series ssd.

    A real seller is below:

    there are lower prices on ebay from non-authorized sellers.
  4. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Assuming you're only running Mac OS and set it up so your data is on separate drives, 60GB should be ok but would recommend a minimum of 80GB just to be safe.

    I have an 80GB used for both Mac and Windows boot drives with a little under than 40GB free, but I make sure all my data files are saved onto another drive. I did not move my home folder off the SSD, though.
  5. sjordan thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    I see most people in here recommend the intel drives. Is there any reason for me to stay away from the owc drives from

    What about memory, I am thinking of getting it from macsales as well...any place that sells the memory for cheaper?
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    the 2010 mac pro does not use sata III interface so owc sata III ssd's do not reach top speed in it.

    the intel is very reliable, but owc has good service and good install videos. Honestly I don't like sandforce ssd's that much..

    I have had very good reliability with intel not so much with 3 different sandforce ssd's. ocz vertex, patriot inferno and corsair.

    as for ram owc has good service and a good return policy with decent prices. has a better price but the warranty is shorter.

    so you get to make a choice
    4gb at 57 a stick 1333GHz 4gb at 51 a stick 1066GHz World Computing/8566D3ECC4GB/

    4gb at 64 a stick 1066GHz World Computing/1333D3ECC4GB/

    4gb at 65 a stick 1333GHz
  7. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    There a couple of LONG threads on SSDs. Check them out.

    FWIW, I have an OCZ Vertex 2 in my MP and it has worked GREAT! Virtually no slow-down after 9+ months of steady use.

    I also am using 16GB of the 1333 mem from Superbiz as linked in the post above. Tastes great and less filling!
  8. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    Why get an MP now, the new one will be out in 6~ months
  9. cjgonzales1900 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    If you have the time to wait, then wait. but if all you need is in the current mac pro line up then buy. because the new one wont make a difference to you. I have a OWC 115GB SSD. I have had it for about 3+ months and it runs great in my macbook pro, plan on getting a second one for my Mac Pro in the near future. plus 3 year warranty doesnt sound bad or 5 year with the more expensive version.

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