great upgrades to extend life of mac pro 1,1??

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by gdeusthewhizkid, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    hey guys,

    I purchased a used mac pro 1,1 last october and since have done the following updates. Installed a 3tb hard drive for time machine. A 2tb main drive for apps, final cut prox, lightroom5 and photoshop cs6. It came with 4 gigs of ram installed and recently added 8 gigs of ram to it for a total of 12GB. My next and probably last upgrade would be changing the video card from a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB to NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB for less than 200 bucks..

    My question to you guys is this. Would the video card update make a big difference or am i better off saving my bucks and getting a newer mac pro that I can install the latest os on. I really do love my mac pro but I feel like it could be somewhat faster. Especially with all the video editing that i do...
     
  2. goMac macrumors 603

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    The 8800 is a decent upgrade, but it's probably not going to still get you anywhere close to modern performance. It's going to feel faster, but I don't know if it will feel fast enough for you.

    I'd be saving towards a new Mac Pro.
     
  3. koban4max macrumors 68000

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    don't you think it's better to get new mp?
     
  4. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i don't have 3k to spend right now on a new system...
     
  5. haralds macrumors 6502

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    Get an SSD. If you are running Mavericks w. Tiamo boot, set it up with the 2TB drive as a Fusion drive. Makes a big difference in the experienced performance.
     
  6. Dc2006ster macrumors regular

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    I have done what you did but also upgraded the CPUs to two quad cores for about $150 and installed an SSD boot drive for $125 . Best bang for the buck was the SSD.
     
  7. Tutor macrumors 65816

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    For "final cut pro x and photoshop cs6," a GTX 970 or 980 (after better drivers are released) may be much better than the 8800 GT for CUDA/OpenCL/OpenGL acceleration [$329+ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...049 600536050&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce GTX 980 ], depending on which OSX version you intend to run.
     
  8. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hey guys thanks..

    I was able to update my os to mavericks with purchase of a nvidia 8800GT video card.. so that was the last of my upgrades.. my machine now has 6tb of storage. 12 gigs of ram, and os mavericks on it.. No ssd on it. Now i have to figure out how to get a 24 led cinema display to work with this thing and i can use this workhorse to save up for a new mac pro or maybe even the newest... :)
     

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