help setting up first mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Geosphere, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Geosphere macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    I got my first ever mac coming in 15days (20th) A standard mac pro but with the geforce 8800GT. What I will use it for is running Photoshop/Maya for graphics work and simple gaming (world of warcraft) What I want to know is what apps/hardware should I get to get up and running asap?

    What I would like to do from reading this site is to buy a Samsun f1 750gb 32mb catch hard drive and use as my main hard drive. Put osx/apps on it then add a second samsun 500gig hard drive for simple backups/storage and then use the mac pro 320gig stock hard drive as a scratch disk / windows xp hard drive. I don't know enough about raid to set them up.

    For software I think I need to buy VMware fusion (from what I read its faster to run) To run xp in osx for software like Maya and Zbrush. Is there any other stuff I should look into getting? I have gone along and downloaded stuff like Firefox,vlc skype and other small windows/osx apps I use and would like to have when i get my mac. I know I don't need a virus scan but any major stuff I should look into getting?


    :rolleyes: Hope you guys can understand me I do suck at explaining stuff. And thank you :)
     
  2. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    That's a lot of hard drive space, and personally I wouldn't go for what you outlined.
    For backup I'd use an external hard drive, probably a 500gB, and partition it. Use one partition for XP (format as NTFS) and the other for OS X (format as HFS+). That way your backups will be a bit more independent of the computer.
    I've read recently (in MacFormat I think) that Parallels is faster for XP and VMWare is faster for Vista - you might want to check up on this.
    As for useful programs, there are loads of threads on this. What is useful for you might not be for me - the best thing to do is use the machine for a while and download the free utility type programs as you need them (things like Onyx, VLC etc).
     
  3. Geosphere thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm I guess your right I will download demos of Parallels ad VNware and see what works better for me.

    For hard drives I don't care about space I always say the more the better But My main question is should I replace the 320 stock hard drive with a better one I see a lot of people use stuff like raptors or Samsungs F1
     

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