Just pulled the trigger on a bunch of hardware...what do you guys think?

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  1. HXGuy, May 18, 2011
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    HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    After literally months of researching and going back and forth, I finally put in an a few orders for hardware that will go into the refurbished 2.8Ghz Quad Mac Pro I plan to buy next week.

    Here is what I ordered...

    • Kingston 16GB (4 x 4GB) Mac Memory Kit
    • Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD (Boot drive)
    • OWC 40GB SSD (Photoshop scratch disk)
    • WD Caviar Black 2TB HDD 7200RPM 32MB Cache (Storage drive)
    • WD Caviar Green 3TB 5400RPM 32MB Cache (Time Machine drive for Storage drive)

    Total was $880...ouch. I will be using the HDD the Mac Pro comes with as a Clone/Time Machine drive for the Boot drive and also have an external WD 2TB HDD that I will use as a Clone for the Storage drive.

    Was kind of confused on the Boot drive size...thought maybe I went too big and could have sufficed with an 80GB but I took a look at the current Applications folder (20GB), the VMWare folder (16GB) and the User folder (67GB without iPhoto file) so that's 103GB already...pretty high on the User folder but I browsed through it and I have at least 25GB I can clean up, so I should end up with 78GB used out of 120GB, leaving me some breathing room.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Sounds good, although you probably overpaid for the RAM. Any "for Mac" kits are overpriced usually. OWC sells 16GB for the Pro for $265, not sure what you paid.
     
  3. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Paid $275 for the Kingston from Newegg...pretty close but would have ordered from OWC had I known, didn't even look at their site at RAM when I ordered the SSD>
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Gotcha. $10 isn't too bad. Sometimes it's $25 or 30, which is why I mentioned it.
     
  5. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well...just changed my order. :)

    OWC actually had the RAM for $260 if you use Amazon check out so a $15 difference. I cancelled the Newegg order and placed the order through OWC...$15 is $15 right? Thanks for the heads up.

    I take OWC makes good memory, right? No problems compared to Kingston?
     
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    OWC doesn't manufacture the memory they sell, but it does work. :)
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    NF IS CORRECT OWC RELABELS the ram . but they give good service and are quick to replace it if it goes bad. www.superbiiz.com has 4 sticks of 4gb for about 200. I use them but they are a bit slower to replace bad ram and have a shorter warranty. So you pay one way or another ..

    https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.ph...t-DDR3-1333-4GB-256x8-ECC-Hynix-Server-Memory


    $50.49 a stick

    10 dollar discount with the code;

    threepointer


    you also grabbed an intel series 320 ssd size 120gb here is a link to a major seller price is for a 160gb intel series 320 $300.00 full warranty.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Intel-SSDSA...e_Internal&hash=item588da5ee19#ht_2405wt_1250
     
  8. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the suggestion but the 120GB is already pushing my budget at $220, I was originally planning on the 80GB for $180.
     
  9. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yeah I have a 300gb but I want a 600gb just too much coin. I have to say the 300gb is flawless.
     

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