Looking to buy a Mac Pro off friend for Photo Editing...Specs look ok?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Djbewise, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Djbewise macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2009
    Mac Pro 2 X 2.66 GHz Dual Core Intel Xeon machine.
    10GB RAM 667MHz DDR2 Fully-buffered DIMM ECC.
    -2TB Hard Disk Space (4 x Maxtor MaXLine Pro 500 7H500F0 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives)
    -2 - Nvidia GeForce 7300GT 256MB single-link DVI/Dual-link DVI Video Cards.
    16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVDRW/CD-RW

    trying to start doing some professional (RAW) editing with CS4 on a somewhat limited budget, so was wondering if this is the mac for me or if i should wait for the new iMacs with quad-core
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Don't bother with that second GPU unless you have three monitors (or are planning on three).

    Other than that, it seems like a fine workstation.
  3. Horst Guest

    Jan 10, 2006
    Looks like a very decent setup for CS4.

    Maybe dump the drives in an external enclosure(s) for storage and get some internal WD 640GB drives, sell the second GPU.
    Configured as described here , she should fly.

    iMacs are likely to remain glossy, not too good for photo editing, imho.
  4. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    I don't know how large your image files tend to be, but I'd cut back on the ram, closer to 6/8gb is plenty, Run far away from the Maxtor Hard Drives (personal experience from loosing 4 of that brand), Up the geforce to the 8800 (cs4/cs3 does take advantage of the gpu processing, so better the video card the better).
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Why would you tell someone to reduce their RAM? :confused:
  6. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    Adobe CS3 apps does take the advanteage of the GPU? Since when? Yes, maybe Photoshop CS3 in the Extended version, but only if you are working with 3D objects.
  7. teohyc macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    thats more than powerful to handle huge photos.
    just remember to allocate harddisk for backup and scratch disk
  8. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    This Mac Pro will destroy any iMac, even if the new models get quads. This Mac Pro has 4 xeon cores running at 2.66 GHz each with a very fast bus and more cache, not to mention the 10 GB RAM (new iMac will most likely be limited to 8 GB, which is very expensive to get 2x 4 GB sticks) and having 4 internal HDs is awesome because it decreases clutter on desktop and doesnt require separate power for each.

    The second video card is used only to drive additional displays (2 per card) so unless you have 3 and more its useless.
  9. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    You're right, well the video apps take advantage of it, I had thought cs3 photoshop did as well, my mistake. CS4 does though, but CS4 actually runs better on a PC than a mac, since CS4 on PC has a x64 version and it is only x32 on a mac.
  10. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2007
    i would say that youre solid with that new mac pro. i mean really, photoshop isnt really that complicated
  11. Djbewise thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2009
    thanks for all the feedback much appreciated!!:)
  12. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2005
    Halifax, Canada
    Why are you using CS4 for RAW processing? Lightroom or Aperture is a far nicer workflow.

    Either way, that computer should do very well.
  13. Horst Guest

    Jan 10, 2006
    It depends; as the OP is going to do RAW processing, fast, seperate scratch and data drives can make quite a difference.

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