Just modified my 09 Mac Pro (let me know what you think)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Noctilux.95, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    I just did some upgrades to my 2009 Mac Pro quad-core 2.66.
    I upgraded the memory to 16gb, video card to radeon 5770 (formally geforce 120), and an OWC 240GB SSD HD.

    I'm a working photographer and use Canon 5D MK II's along with a Hasselblad H4D 40.
    The softwares I use most are Photoshop CS5, Aperture 3, and Phocus (Hasselblad software).

    I intend to use this computer everyday for at least three years.

    Any other mods that you can think of that can make a difference?

  2. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    very nice upgrades, with a hard to beat cost/benefit ratio. That'll do for your current needs and the SW you use.

    Later on, as prices keep dropping, you can get another SSD and put them in RAID 0, and upgrade to 24 or 32GB RAM. If future versions of photoshop or aperture take better advantage of GPUs, you could upgrade to a yet bigger graphics card.... and finally, there's the CPU upgrade. But the cost of all that is not efficient at the moment anyway.
  3. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    yeah the only other slight mod you could have made, was to get 2 120GB (i think OWC has 115GB) SSD's instead of 1 240 so you can raid 0 them from the start.
  4. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Very nice.

    What, if any, did the increased memory improve?

    To my way of thinking the SSD and graphics card make for the big improvements.

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