Pre 2008 Mac Pro Graphics Card Upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by topcat777, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. topcat777 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011

    I was wondering if anyone could offer me some advice on upgrading my graphics card on my Mac Pro. It’s a pre 2008 model and currently runs a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT card (256mb I think).

    I run CS5 on it with no real problems but I also like to play a few games like Football Manger 2010 and Civilisation 5. The latter I have to run through Bootcamp using Windows 7 as this was the only way I could upgrade the NVIDIA drivers on my machine. It runs OK but as the game goes on and there’s more of a strain on the graphics is slows down on it refresh rate quite a bit.

    I also have a HD 1080p TV connected to it through a DVI to HDMI cable to watch movies. This performs with no problems.

    I know the pre 2008 models are not compatible with some graphics cards as the later models are. I want to avoid shelling out on a card that won’t be compatible with my machine so any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. applereviewguy macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2011

    well you can get a used 8800GT 512MB here for $159

    Both the 5770 and the 5870 work with the latest updates of lion and snow leopard 10.6.8 the 5770 is $250 and the 5870 is $450

    So for heavy games with bootcamp id get the 5870 if just CS5 and other stuff you mentioned get a 5770. Hope this helped.
  3. topcat777 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011

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