Most beneficial upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Shelton, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Shelton macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I am loving my new mac pro. I am kind of pissed that I didn’t switch to a Mac sooner, but that is water under the bridge. I literally cringe on the rare occasions I have to boot into XP.

    The Mac Pro is great, but there are a couple areas that are a little lacking. Thankfully, they are very easily upgradable: the ram and hard drive. I bought my Mac Pro with the stock 2GB of ram and a 500GB Hard Drive. I only have the money to upgrade one of the two right now (I am a poor college kid), and I am not sure which to upgrade.

    The 500GB hard drive is atrociously slow. It usually scores in the 40s in Xbench (My 7 year old Western Digital scores about the same), and it significantly slows the loading of applications. The 2GB of ram is decent; I don’t max it out often, but sometimes I do with very heavy multitasking. I don’t use many design or pro-apps, but I do run several reasonably memory hungry programs (100-250 megs of ram per program).

    My question is: would it be better to get another 2GB of ram or a fast hard drive like the new 640GB Western Digital? Which would see the biggest performance increase? I had read that getting 4 pairs of ram dimms can increase general speed in the Mac Pro? Is there any truth to that?


    Thanks!
     
  2. tvbi macrumors member

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    RAM - the reason your hard drive is slow is because the system lack RAM and use your hard drive for swapping.
     
  3. netnothing macrumors 68040

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  4. Shelton thread starter macrumors member

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  5. GotPro macrumors 6502

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    Not to go against what everyone else here has said...

    From personal experience... I replaced the stock 320 Gig hdd with a Hitachi 1TB 32 Meg Cache version... BEFORE I added 2 more gigs to the Stock HDD...

    And I can honestly say there was a larger performance improvement (boot times, app load times, overall system responsiveness) with the HDD replacement than with the extra 2 gigs of ram.

    However, I find I can do much more at once (virtual machines, encoding media, etc. etc.) with the 4 gigs than with the 2.

    Just my experience!
     
  6. bigbird macrumors 6502

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    Another vote for more RAM. If nothing more buy 2 X 1GB sticks now to fill slots 1 & 2 in both risers. Then when you get more $ you can buy 4 X 2GB. At that time put the 4 X 2GB in slots 1 & 2 in both risers and move the 4 X 1GB into slots 3 & 4 of both risers for a total of 12GB.
     
  7. Shelton thread starter macrumors member

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    I actually just got a little unexpected cash. I am going to get both! Yay!
     
  8. GotPro macrumors 6502

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    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet.

    I'm really happy with the Hitachi, for what it's worth.

    I also hear that the Spinpoint F1s are pretty speedy!

    Happy shopping! :apple:
     
  9. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    RAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek:

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  10. AviationFan macrumors 6502a

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    Way to go!

    If you could only do one thing, I would have concurred with all the previous posters that suggested to get more RAM. The thing is that more RAM will reduce your dependency on a (fast) hard drive, because far less memory swapping is needed.

    - Martin
     
  11. krye macrumors 68000

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    RAM RAM RAM RAM (read like Spam Spam Spam Spam)
     
  12. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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  14. whistler222 macrumors 6502

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    upgrade to the wireless mightymouse..


    or not.. or just get RAM.
    :rolleyes:
     

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