New Mac Pro owner with few questions

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Eikka, May 28, 2007.

  1. Eikka macrumors newbie

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    I am about to receive my Mac Pro in a few days, and i need some help.

    I am getting the most basic configuration you can get(2x2ghz,1gb RAM,250gb HD,7300gt etc)

    I need some advice on how to set-up my system for "max" performance.

    I have 3x80gb sata HD:s as leftovers from previous machines, should i use them as a RAID 0 for system/programs disk, or just expand my storage space for now.(before i can afford more bigger disks) Will i see any added performance from the raid setup?

    Also, i have ordered a Kingston 2GB memory set(KTA-MP667AK2/2G), is it advisable to use this set with the original 2x512mb configuration, and how should i install the memory in the risers?

    Thanks for reading,

    -Eikka
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No. The benefits of RAID 0 are minimal (if any) in desktop computer use, and will be offset by the fact that your 80's are much slower in overall throughput than modern perpendicular recording 400+ Gb drives. Plus a RAID 0 is very risky, total data loss if only 1 drive has a hardware failure - Esp. if you are using used, older drives...

    It is a good idea to separate your System/Applications from your Data in a 2 drive configuration. With the price of 400 / 500 Gb drives at all time lows, just get a nice fast SATA drive for your data.


    Yes, you can install the Kingston in slot 1 & 2 of Riser 1, and the APple memory in slot 1 and 2 of Riser 2.
     
  3. Eikka thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Blogger macrumors 6502

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    Canada Ram, my experience is quite different to what you report. I have a pair of 500 GB drives in RAID 0, and two single , identical drives for backups. When i boot from a backup dive, it's immediately noticeable how much slower it is.

    YMMV
    Cheers!
     
  5. Eikka thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Next question: I have a Dell 2407wfp display, what display profile should i use, or should i just use the calibration utility and make my "own"?

    I just want the best picture for everyday use.

    btw, do 1,5gb/s sata drives work at all in the Mac Pro?
     

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