Recommend upgrades mac pro 4.1 MB535LL

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dryNoodles, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. dryNoodles macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2013

    I've recently acquired a Mac Pro 4.1 MB535LL early 2009, for roughly £500.

    My question is, what are some recommend upgrades?

    I've already upgraded the ram (32GB). I also have an SSD laying around that I'll be putting in fairly soon.
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    Video card? SATA 3 card? USB 3 card? CPU upgrade?
  3. lantree macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Congratulations on your new machine, I got one of these a few months back and I'm very happy with it. I would go for the CPU and graphics card upgrades next.
  4. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    If the RAM isn't 1300 MHz I would return if possible and get it.

    1300 will typically run at 1067 just fine but if you ever do the "5,1 Flash" you'll wish you had 1300.
  5. dryNoodles thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2013
  6. bigp2 macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2009
    An SSD is a good start.

    Ideally you'd be wanting to slap a pair of hex core CPUs in there, but that could cost you more than the machine itself.

    USB3 and SATA3 cards are cheap if you do a search here for the compatible ones. I'm not sure if GTX 680s are coming down in price with the new 7x0s out, there are plenty of PC versions that can be flashed with the Mac ROM.
  7. macuser453787 macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2012
    Galatians 3:13-14
    Agreed. CPU, GPU, 1333 MHz RAM.

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