How would this setup be? 09 MP

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Jazojas12, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Jazojas12 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    I'm in the market for a new mac. I've spent hours reading everything on these forums but a lot of threads seem to go off topic when people argue about stuff. I'm curious as to how this setup would be? This would be used for video/picture editing, web browsing, storage and home theater playback. If you have any positive advice it will be appreciated.

    New 09 Mac Pro
    2.93 GHz Quad
    *Upgrade to 8GB of RAM: OWC RAM
    640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    *Add (3) Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB HDD
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    One 18x SuperDrive
    *Add LG GGW-H20L 6x Blu-ray Drive With LightScribe

    My goal with the Blu-ray would be to run boot camp, backup my BD movies to an ISO with NO DRM via AnyDVD-HD then use VLC player to play the DRM free ISO in Leopard. The MP would be connected to a 52" Samsung 1080p LN52A650 HDTV for viewing using DVI to HDMI adapter. Then use the TOSLINK output ports to connect to Pioneer VSX-1019AH for 5.1 audio.

    Again if there would be any problems with this setup please recommend something that would work for what I want to do. Thanks in advance.
  2. VirtualRain, Apr 24, 2009
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2013

    VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    That system will rock! I'm a bit biased, but I think the 2.93 Quad is the best machine.

    I considered 8GB but opted for 6GB from Apple (which is reasonably priced) with the intent of going to 12GB when 4GB sticks come down (in a year?).

    Have you considered one or two SSD's for your boot/apps? I'm going with a pair of 80GB Intel SSD's in RAID0 after the price drop hits next week. I'll use my factory 1TB drive for archiving video projects. I also have a 500GB Time Capsule for backups and my iTunes library.
  3. Jazojas12 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    It actually did not cross my mind. I'm going to look into it though, hopefully benefits outweigh the cost :)
  4. dvince2 macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2007
    Thats pretty sick. I second holding off on the ram though. I've just left mine at the stock 3gb, knowing that in less than a year the prices should drop as more and more pcs use ddr3 ram.
    What would yield better performance for apps? an SSD or a velociraptor?
  5. Jazojas12 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    Yeah maybe, we'll see once I get it. If it's fast enough I'll keep it stock. I checked into the SSD's. I like the Intel x-25 ones, but they're like $400 haha. Again...I think I keep it stock until they come down in price.
  6. Mac Husky macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2009
    Bavaria, Germany
    Intel guys are not going to make a giveaway out of it :D
    It´s just a price drop of 13% ;)

    By the way: does the blu-ray drive able you to burn HD films on it (via Final Cut Express) to see them on TV screen using another blu-ray player?
  7. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    The 52" Samsung 1080p LN52A650 HDTV is your only monitor?

    I hope you're only watching movies with this system then.
  8. Jazojas12 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    As far as I know you are able to burn HD movies, I don't believe you can if they have any protection though.

    I will have a dedicated monitor but the TV will be for movies. Not quite sure what monitor yet, still have to get the MP haha.

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