just ordered mac pro - comments?

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  1. DZL macrumors regular

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    my new mac

    i had ordered a MBP, but it seemed it would be too hot for what i'd be doing w/it, and the screen's fabled yellow-tint would not be acceptable for what I do.

    Also, i saw the benchmarks, and couldn't pass up the speed increase...

    i obviously need to upgrade the RAM, and i've heard that i'll need to get a cooler for the vid card --> Accelero S1?

    any other advice? i'm a new convert to mac; and will be running mostly the osX, but will use windows for my 3d app - 3ds max.
     
  2. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    Congrats. :) How much ram are you going to put in the Mac Pro? 6GB? 8GB?
     
  3. uMac macrumors 6502

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    I just got mine (2.0 GHz - Stock) in the process of getting some more ram (+1GB) but I have noticed how quite this computer is compared to other computers. When to a LAN party with it in the first week and not only was it the fastest but the quitest. We where playing Company of Heros (I had the graphics maxed out) & Il2 Sturavik.

    That said I didn't buy my computer for gaming, i'm a graphics/photo guy, the Lan party was more of spur of the moment event and I was impressed how well my computer worked. (Except for it took me 3 times to install Windows - but I think that was windows problem not the Mac)

    Cheers
     
  4. tribe3 macrumors 6502

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    Grat Machine! Enjoy;) I wouldn't do anything to cool down the Vid card for the moment. I think it voids the warranty and the new cards (ver.2) Part # ending in 00006 don't have issues AFAIC. You can download smcfancontrol and set the exhaust and CPU speeds a tad higher ( like 750 rpm or so)
     
  5. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Comments?

    Congrats! They are great machines. Load it up with RAM before the switch to DDR3, DDR2 prices are going to climb. Plus Intel plans on dropping FB-DIMMs. SO unless you want a RAMBUS situation, load it up before the price goes up.

    And enjoy :D
     
  6. Counter macrumors 6502

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    Congrats on a serious machine purchase!

    Getting hold of FB-DIMMs will be no problem. Pleeeenty of machines out there using FB-DIMMs. And Intel may or may not drop them, all speculation. Some company just started making 4gb ones. 32gb of RAM anyone? :D
     
  7. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Production will be shifting to DDR3 soon however. I don't know where that leaves DDR2. And how FB-DIMMs fair in relation to that. Maybe we will get DDR3 FB-DIMMs (for extra latency!).

    My point is to watch the market. If the price jumps, buy quick before it gets too high.
     
  8. feh macrumors member

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    this is the cooler:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186002

    But you might want to see if the stock cooler is quiet enough for you before buying this.

    I think your setup is good since you said rendering is your main concern the 8-core will do that better than any other computer available now short of clusters.
     
  9. DZL thread starter macrumors regular

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    o.k. - i'm a little confused about the RAM situation -

    you're saying i should buy the DDR2 before it climbs? what brand do you recommend, and where can I purchase it?
     
  10. Counter macrumors 6502

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    You have nothing to worry about. Keep an eye on the market anyway, but I bet you will only end up buying it when you actually need more. More than enough machines out there using FB-DIMMs. I also extremely doubt machines using FB-DIMMs will stop being sold until at least 18 months away if at all. Even more than enough machines out there using FB-DIMMs. As for buying it, I think Crucial are the best at the moment. Make sure they have the Apple style heatsinks and are stated 'for Mac Pro'.
     
  11. DZL thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm sure i'll need more ASAP - i'm going to be doing 3d rendering/compositing work; and be dealing with some big photoshop files...

    Thanks for everyone's input - i checked out Crucial RAM; and will prob go with the 2X2GB setup for now.

    Much appreciated!!!

    Matt
     

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