Need Advice - Upgrading my Mid 2010 5,1 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Remote187, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Remote187 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2014
    Hi guys – any advice will be much appreciated!
    My current configuration is:
    Mac Pro Mid 2010 5,1 OSX 10.9 Mavericks
    Two 2.66 GHz 6-Core
    16 GB of memory
    ATI Radeon HD 5870
    HD 1 Mac Boot : 240gb OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD
    HD2 Win Boot – 500GB WD Black
    I am looking to upgrade my Mid 2010 Mac Pro’s graphics card and buy another SSD for just my windows boot camp partition. The primary purpose on the mac side is little gaming and general computing but boot camp on the windows side it’s all gaming. I don’t have an unlimited budget but am looking to expand the life of my mac pro for another 3-4 years before having to upgrade again.
    For the Windows boot camp partition I am thing of getting another OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD for my windows side just because I know its reliable and working great but I have been researching and come across the Samsung 840 250gb SSD. Is this a better option and supported? Link:
    Any other suggesting for a SSD are welcomed.
    For upgrading the graphics card I am thinking of purchasing the EVGA GTX60 Mac edition.
    This card is quite expensive maybe because its ‘Mac Edition’ and I do understand that perhaps the cheaper route to upgrading my graphics card is purchasing a windows NVIDIA graphics card. I have read the “Frequently Asked Questions About NVIDIA PC (non-EFI) Graphics Cards” and I am still a bit uncomfortable about this option. Is it really as simple as downloading and updating the drivers from NVIDIA? I just don't want to get any headaches...
    Pointing out Q #6 “What GPU should I buy?” I would say I can only afford a mid-ranged card GTX 760 or GTX 770. I say GTX770 because I have looked at - If I was to purchase a NVIDIA GTX 760 or GTX 770 can I get one of the following:
    EVGA GeForce GTX760
    EVGA GeForce GTX770
    Will these cards be just plug and play and a better option than the EVGA GTX60 Mac edition? I don’t want to use an external power source for my graphics card. Judging by the pictures for these cards I am assuming I would need to purchase a power booster cable like -
    Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated - Thank you! :D
  2. gatd macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    buy the evga 4gb 680gtx windows version and flash to mac works great and cheaper!
  3. Remote187 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2014
    If I was to get a windows version card - I don't mind spending the extra money saved from not purchasing the $600 680GTX mac edition. Like the 760gtx $250 or 770gtx $350.
  4. gatd macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    the firmware for 680 is available here and work great for the mac not sure on the others the 680 is fast enough

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