MacPro Dual Core Video Card Upgrades??

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by airmix180, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. airmix180, Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011

    airmix180 macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    Hi, I currently own a MacPro (1,1) that has a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT in it as of right now, and I was planning to upgrade to a better one, but I'm having trouble finding some that are compatible. I was wondering if you guys could give me some suggestions on which video cards could be replaced with mine?

    I wanted to upgrade it to play Starcraft, and when I try to play, it tells me that my video card is not supported.. (

    I'm willing to spend $200 at max.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I believe Apple sells the 5770 or 5870 as an upgrade for your model, although I don't remember which they advertize for the original Pro. Either way, it will be a rather large performance jump.
  3. nambuccaheadsau, Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2011

    nambuccaheadsau macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    With my Mac Pro 1.1 updated with Intel X5355 quad Core processors, run ATI Radeon HD4870 graphic card, which is a 1GB flashed PC card. Purchased through eBay from a Hong Kong dealer local338. Have bought lot of gear from them with no problems.
  4. airmix180 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    Will the power supply of the 1,1 have enough wattage for the HD 5770?? That's the one I was looking at.
  5. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008

    good enough for 2 5870
  6. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2006
    You mean local338? If so, I can vouch for him too.
  7. j-banana macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    for the 5770 you are spending twice as much for half the performance but with the MP 1,1 you are limited to what you can upgrade it with.

    goodluck on your starcraft endeavor.
  8. AngryRedTicTac macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2011
    One thing to remember about your 200 budget is that you can recover at least 50 bucks, more likely 75-100 from your 7300 on eBay.

    The 5770 will perform spectacularly with Starcraft 2, I'm playing at 1920x1080 on Ultra with everything and never notice any slowdown. It's a fine card, and works great with the 1,1. I don't mind fiddling around with things, my next upgrade is a processor swap, but having played with flashed cards in the past I decided it wasn't worth my time this time around with 2 kids and a busy job. Your experience may be different.

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