Extra Hardisks and RAM in Macpro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sammax, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. sammax macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
    #1
    Hi All,

    Im planning on buying a MAC Pro 2009 model, I would like to buy some extra harddisks and memory.
    Is it recommended to buy this at the apple store, or will other brands work also?

    Alex
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #2
    DON'T BUY FROM APPLE!!!

    Apple doesn't manufacture its drives so any drive will works with right interface. NewEgg is great place to buy!
     
  3. numbersyx macrumors 65816

    numbersyx

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2006
    #3
    Whatever you do - don't buy from Apple. You can put any SATA II HD in the Pro (I have WD Caviar Blacks) and RAM from places such as NewEgg is going to be much cheaper than Apples. Apple rip you off on both.
     
  4. sammax thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
    #4
    Thanks. any suggestions for the memory modules? what speed/type is supported?
     
  5. MikeDTyke macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2005
    Location:
    London
    #5
    DDR3 PC3-8500 unbuffered ECC. How much depends on the model you buy.

    If you want to see some real performance, buy a Solid state drive and use it for the OS & applications.
    Loading times are a fraction of what you see with a hard drive.

    I'd recommend a OCZ Vertex, IBM or Crucial model with a 3.5" drive bay adaptor.
     
  6. sammax thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #7
    Crucial SSDs don't work well with Macs so I suggest avoiding 'em
     
  8. costabunny macrumors 68020

    costabunny

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Location:
    Weymouth, UK
    #8
    I agree you can get better prices from third parties - but ripping off is a bit strong - Apple charge a premium for its kit as its covered in applecare and also they are shipping parts they have tested to work 100% as designed. I myself buy third party for my RAM and HDD's but not because apple is ripping me off - just because I am wanting to keep down the cost and I accept the potential issues (ref Seagate 1.5TB disks at first)...

    Not flaming just making a point :)
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Location:
    Finland
    #9
    Actually, warranty is better from 3rd party. If you buy from Apple, it'll be 1 year or 3 years with AppleCare but if you buy from vendor, it'll have warranty that the manufacturer promises and in most cases it's over 3 years. And you have more choices too because Apple only use certain drives in Mac Pro and they may not be your favorite etc.
     
  10. sammax thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
    #10
    Any idae what models of ram modules and hardisks they are using?
    Im interested how much it will cost me to buy the exact same products at another shop.
     

Share This Page