May I ask your opinion on the configuration.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by chancellormac, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. chancellormac macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    Folks, I've been reading the forum for a while, but before I hit the Check out button on Apple's site, I wanted to ask your opinion.

    I'm ordering a new machine for me and my wife to use primarily on editing photos and videos. She's using a MacBook Pro, but I wanted something with more horse-power.

    Here is the configuration I chose:

    Part Number: Z0EM
    One 16x SuperDrive
    320GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    2GB (2 x 1GB)
    Apple Keyboard (English) + Mac OS X
    Accessory kit
    Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (8-core)
    Apple Mighty Mouse
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB (Two dual-link DVI)

    Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
    Part Number: M9179LL/A

    In addition, planning to purchase:
    Item# 4FK225672800AT

    1.0TB Hitachi SATAII 7200rpm 32mb (times 2)
    Hitachi SATAII 7200rpm 32mb
    Regular price: $386.39
    Web price: $277.99


    Does this configuration sound right? Any pearls of wisdom?

    Many thanks and apologies for a needy first posting :)
  2. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    That looks like a pretty good configuration, although for what you're going to be doing I think that 16Gigs of RAM would be overkill - Unless you plan on running FCS2, Shake, or any 3D apps like Maya I think you'll have trouble using more then 4Gigs. My advice would be to go with the 8Gig kit.

    Besides that, your setup looks fine. I'm sure it will be able to handle just about anything you can throw at it.
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
  4. hulkss macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2008
    I bought almost the same stuff. Works great. I have the Hitachi Ultrastar drives not Deskstar - I'm not sure which ones you are looking at. You can get 4 750 GB for about the same price as 2 1TB at OWC.
  5. chancellormac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
  6. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    Stick with the 16GBs unless you're really stretching the CC.

    We're running 16GBs and glad we did. If you're using Compressor for your video work, you'll make use of them. We were originally going to go with 8GBs, but for the bit of money saved, we decided to go with 16.

    Running just Aperture, Pages, and Safari right now, my computer is already using 4GBs. I don't know how long you're planning on keeping your computer, but RAM usage is only going to go up.

    That said, you could use 8GBs easily for most video editing work & ANYTHING photo related.
  7. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    I'd say go for 8GB... and if you want the absolute best performance, then fill all the RAM slots so you take advantage of the quad-channel. 16 GB sounds like overkill to me, but then if you don't really care... then definitely go for it =]
  8. chancellormac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    Thanks for the additional comments. I'm thinking 8Gb for now should do it.
  9. chancellormac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
  10. kittiyut macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2007
    No, for monitors - always buy new. They are so cheap nowadays.
  11. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    I did this for my system along with 16GB RAM. HDs from Newegg and RAM from OWC. I love my configuration (see sig)
  12. chancellormac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    Folks, received my new computer and memory with hard drives. Everything is looking great. Prior to me installing the memory and hard drives, I was wondering if there is a place on the forum with illustrated directions.

    Many thanks!
  13. chancellormac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    Well, as the old saying goes: "When all else fell, RTFM". I did. So, the memory and the disks are installed. It seems that the memory is in tact, computer now reads 10Gb, but I'm getting an error message on both disks. It says that the installed disks (two message windows) is not recognized and gives me options to Initialize, Ignore or Eject. When I click on Initialize, it seems like the drives aren't formatted. Is that what I need to do? It sees that the disks are approximately 700Gb each, I'm guessing that's a good sign. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  14. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Go into disk utility on format them as Mac OS Extended (journaled)
  15. chancellormac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    trainguy77, thanks for the advice. If I want to install Windows on one of the drives, would you recommend formatting it differently?


  16. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Do you want to use the whole drive for windows?

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