MacPro Speed - Most Bang for Buck?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by c23roo, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. c23roo macrumors regular

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    What gets me the most bang for my buck - upgrading to a SSD or upgrading RAM?
    Slowness I'm seeing is with iPhoto - I'm thinking the bottleneck is the iPhoto library HD (800 GB of pix).
    - c
     
  2. goMac macrumors 603

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    Depends entirely on what drive you have now and how much RAM you have now.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    well buying a 1tb ssd would work but they cost a lot.


    I would not buy 2 new intel 600gb ssds and raid0 them into a 1.2tb hdd with the 800gb iPhoto album.


    I would max ram first.


    I would then consider using 1 pair of 1tb samsungs in a raid0 of 2tb and putting the iphoto on it. but you must have a backup system if you do that. not just Time machine.


    these make a fast raid0 :



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung 1tb f3
     
  4. c23roo thread starter macrumors regular

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    4 drives:
    320 Gig WD Raptor (10,000 rpm) as system drive
    1 Tb (7200 rpm) for iPhoto
    1 Tb (7200 rpm) for iTunes/video

    other external HD for backups, etc...

    Have 5 of RAM in there now (2-2-1-0).

    So was initially looking to upgrade RAM, but then thought maybe SSD could be more bang for the buck. But if my bottleneck is the iPhoto drive I think simply upgrading my system drive to SSD might not get me as far...

    Thoughts?
     
  5. goMac macrumors 603

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  6. c23roo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I have to use paired RAM, right? That's my only option...

    The next question: Is there a difference performance-wise, between adding, say, 2 x 4GB or 4 x 2 GB? As I understand it, tri-channel only applies to the later Mac Pros...
     
  7. c23roo thread starter macrumors regular

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    1957 -

    Can I ask why you recommend 2 x 1 TB in RAID instead of simply going out and grabbing a 2TB drive? Cheaper? Faster? Sorry, forgive the ignorance...
     
  8. goMac macrumors 603

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    Faster.
     

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