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Jack_Borel

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Hey everyone,

I work on iMac Pro (After Effects, Davinci Resolve and C4D) at work and everything's fine but I have this old Mac Pro at home and I'd like to know if it's worth it to upgrade it as much as possible so I will be able to work on Ae, Davinci and C4D on it.

Here is my Mac Pro:
Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
2 x 2,66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
24 Go 1333 MHz DDR3
SSD 250 Go
SSD 120 Go
HD 3To
HD 1To
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2047 Mo

If I add more ram and change the GPU is it enough? I have no idea if my processor is good for the softwares I use.

I'm wondering if with an upgrade I can get a good computer at the end or if I should buy a brand new one.

What are your suggestions?

Thank you very much!

Jack
 

wallah

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At the end of the day, only you can answer this question. Others who use that software can answer if faster cpus or faster gpu would help your workflow. And then you would have to compare by how much improvement you get compared to what a new machine could offer (even a top end iMac or 16" MBP, or a discounted 15" now, or heck even look at the top end new Minis now if you have a monitor).

One of the main considerations is, Do you like to tinker with your computer? You've got a great dual cpu set-up to start with there, so you can relatively easily replace the cpus, memory and gpu, however you will spend close to 500 USD on that and more for a newer gpu. Spend a bit less if you are comfortable getting used parts off eBay. Or, get someone to do it for you. Plus, it does take time to research and do those things, especially if you start adding extra power leads to high power gpus, and then maintain the system as the MacOS changes over time. On new machines like your work iMacPro you will get built in speed enhancements, all the handy features like Handoff, Continuity, etc which are difficult to hack into the cMP, and everything 'just works' as a unified system. Maybe not extremely difficult, but very time consuming to research and test, get patches from other websites, and you have to be pretty handy with Terminal. Depends how far you want to take the upgrade and what ultimate features you want.

One question you must answer is, How much do you value your time v. how much enjoyment you get from spending hours reading posts, researching parts, and tuning stuff to work once you've installed it. If you like that, your cMP and this board are the place for you 😀

I love my 2010 MacPro because it's just a high quality, beautifully built machine, very versatile, and meets my needs with the modest upgrades I do every couple of years. But I wouldn't even attempt those without all the great info and people on this site. Let us know what you end up doing!
 
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I am one of the lucky ones as well and I have an MP from 2012, (5.1) as well. I have it since 2015 and it is easily the best computer I have ever possessed. Your base system is actually not too shabby, since you have the dual tray version. And that is actually the main reason why an upgrade makes sense. If you would have had a single tray, I would tell you to sell it.
However, in your case, I would definitely keep it. Here is the list what I would do:
#1 Go to ebay and get a dual Xeon X5890 CPU kit. This will speed up your machine tremendously. How to do is found on youtube.
#2 Upgrade your firmware to 144.0.000 as described in this forum by tsialex.
#3 Go on ebay, sell your 680 GPU and buy a Vega 56 Red Dragon card or faster.
#4 Do the Pixlas PSU Mod.
#5 Look for OWC Ram to have 96 GB of Ram in the end with a dual 3 x 16GB config for the tripple channel setup.
#6 Go and buy a NVMe Samsung 970 Pro SSD Blade and go for either a single or better dual pcie adapter card for a fast boot drive. (Higpoint 7102A, Sonnet, I/O Crest pcie switch card or single Anglebird PX1 card with heatsink)

You will be fast and happy for at least two more years and end up with a high resell value. Or you have plenty of real fine goodies to move on to a MP 7.1 down the line.
 
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I suggest you read this thread before you decide to upgrade the cMP


For H264 / HEVC video editing, the performance will be very very poor on the cMP if not use HWAccel. However, that's not activated by default, you have to hacktivate it by yourself.

If you are OK to do that, then the cMP can comparable to the iMac Pro on some H264 / HEVC video job if you have a Radeon VII.
 
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Snow Tiger

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Hey everyone,

I work on iMac Pro (After Effects, Davinci Resolve and C4D) at work and everything's fine but I have this old Mac Pro at home and I'd like to know if it's worth it to upgrade it as much as possible so I will be able to work on Ae, Davinci and C4D on it.

Here is my Mac Pro:
Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
2 x 2,66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
24 Go 1333 MHz DDR3
SSD 250 Go
SSD 120 Go
HD 3To
HD 1To
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2047 Mo

If I add more ram and change the GPU is it enough? I have no idea if my processor is good for the softwares I use.

I'm wondering if with an upgrade I can get a good computer at the end or if I should buy a brand new one.

What are your suggestions?

Thank you very much!

Jack

First off , clean the interior of your Mac with a real compressor and give it time to dry ( there will always be water mist in the hose ) . Do this at 60 PSI and no closer than 6 inches to any component . It may not seem like a lot when you try , but it really works and is safe . These Macs are stealth vacuums and collect dust just for the fun of it . Do this just once and then buy a front chassis filter from TransIntl .

My recommended basic configuration for a reasonably powerful media editing DP Mac Pro 5,1 is this :

PSU ( internal ) = proprietary factory power supply is excellent . Replace with like when needed .

PSU ( external ) = 1000W VGA EVGA as nice as you can afford . Drill some holes in the side access panel to feed the 6 and 8 pin PCIe booster cables . Make certain the external PSU always is on before you start up your Mac . There's a special attachment for this that tricks the PSU into thinking its attached to a logic board . This mod is easy and will allow you to push two of even the most powerful internal GPUs .

Logic Board = proprietary . Can be replaced with another from a 2010 or 2012 model year Mac Pro 5,1 . You cannot use a 2009 ( Mac Pro 4,1 ) model year logic board .

boot ROM version = 144.0.0.0.0. This happens automatically with an OS installer . Update to this ASAP .

CPU Tray = proprietary . You must use a year 2010 or 2012 Mac Pro 5,1 Tray in your Mac . Do not use a Tray from a 2009 Mac Pro 4,1 . Upgrade the processors to a Dual Quad 3.46 GHz ( X5677 ) or Dual Six Core 3.46 GHz ( X5690 ) configuration . X5677s will not generate as much heat and you might just get away with not having to bump up the system fans to cool them , even at load . X5677s are also dirt cheap and powerful . You will also need to re-thermal paste the NorthBridge Controller Chip on your Tray . This is mandatory for a ten year old workstation .

Memory = used enterprise grade 16GB DDR3 1333 MHz ECC modules . They cost $20-25 each . Install six matching modules in slots 1,2,3,5,6,7 . Compatible models are : Samsung M393B2G70AH0-YH9 : Samsung M393B2G70BH0-YH9 : Micron MT36KSF2G72PZ-1G4 . This is the fastest and largest configuration possible .

Graphics cards = Vega Frontier Edition or Radeon VII if you modded your chassis , as described above and are using an external PSU . You might consider also a blower fan type Dual RX 480 install , as Resolve , FCPX and Blender likes two powerful matching GPUs . The Dual 480s do not require the chassis mod amazingly .

Boot drive = NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD on an adapter with heatsink . One drive needs only 4 PCIe lanes electrical . Sintech model ST-M2PCE4X adapter . Recommended drives : Intel 660p or HP EX 920 or 950 . Up to 2TB in capacity .

Boot Drive RAID Card = HighPoint SSD7101A-1 with four NVMe M.2 SSD slots . This card should be placed in a 16 lane electrical PCIe Slot ( Slot 1 or 2 in your Mac Pro ) . Recommended drives : Intel 660p or HP EX 920 or 950 . Up to 2TB in capacity . They RAID 0 nicely with three drives with bandwidth faster than a Mac Pro 7,1 . Reserve one drive as a non-RAID boot . We can no longer boot with RAID with Mojave .

All NVMe M.2 PCIe drives will boot slowly in a Mac Pro ( 1 to 1.5 minutes ) but are fast in an OS session .

HDDs can be used as mass storage in the HDD Bays . You can go as high as 16TB with OWC's special drive carrier with the proper drive mounting points . Factory HDD carriers will allow up to 6 TB .

Optical Drive(s) = One or two LG WH14NS40 Blu-ray drive . You can use Verbatim M-disc blanks up to 100GB to archive your data . They will last forever .

WiFi = if you want 802.11ac + BT 4.x , you are required to have an Apple branded card in the proper slot . There's a complex mod to do this , but it works with Continuity features in the OS . Third party 802.11ac devices will not give you "AC" technology or Continuity in a Mac , no matter what they claim . The factory 802.11n card is good enough for Mojave .

Blue Tooth 4.x = Startech has some nice Mac Compatible USB dongles . They will not provide Continuity , I think . You must over ride the factory installed BT card in terminal . Startech will walk you through . This dongle is stand alone .

USB 3.1 Gen 2 PCIe Card = Gigabyte brand model GC-USB3.1 , with one Type A and one Type C port . I personally use one of these to connect my iPhone and USB drives to . It's fast .

Sonnet 10 GbE PCIe card , model Solo10G PCIe Card G10E-1X-E3 . Yes , you can get real 10 Gb ethernet with your Mac so you can connect to a network or maybe an external RAID chassis .

Recommended macOS for all the above = Mojave 10.14.6 ( is officially supported with your Mac ) . You could take her to Catalina , but you'll lose 32 bit app support and there might be some sleep and password protected screen saver issues , since Apple does not support this OS on your Mac .

Have fun ! This is a great machine and built like a main battle tank . It's still surprisingly fast .
 
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First off , clean the interior of your Mac with a real compressor and give it time to dry ( there will always be water mist in the hose ) . Do this at 60 PSI and no closer than 6 inches to any component . It may not seem like a lot when you try , but it really works and is safe . These Macs are stealth vacuums and collect dust just for the fun of it . Do this just once and then buy a front chassis filter from TransIntl .
I would caution to ensure the fans are secured so they don't spin when hit with compressed air. Fans can generate power and damage components.
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While your system can be upgraded and many have provided excellent guidance on doing so. The bulk of them, combined, would probably be no more than $500. A high end GPU could push that a little higher but everything else should come in at or under that price.

I would have you ask yourself: Am I experiencing any performance issues and, if so, where? You can attempt to identify any bottlenecks with "Resource Monitor". Of course there's the possibility you remove one bottleneck and a new one appears.
 
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I would caution to ensure the fans are secured so they don't spin when hit with compressed air. Fans can generate power and damage components.
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While your system can be upgraded and many have provided excellent guidance on doing so. The bulk of them, combined, would probably be no more than $500. A high end GPU could push that a little higher but everything else should come in at or under that price.

I would have you ask yourself: Am I experiencing any performance issues and, if so, where? You can attempt to identify any bottlenecks with "Resource Monitor". Of course there's the possibility you remove one bottleneck and a new one appears.

Nooooooooooooo ... No compressed air please ( as in canned air ) . There might be chemicals in the can that might hurt your Mac in the long run . Use a real compressor . Only contains air and moisture ( water ) .

And 60 PSI at 6 inches feels so wimpy , you might think its not useful . But its safe and will remove all loose dust !
 
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Nooooooooooooo ... No compressed air please ( as in canned air ) . There might be chemicals in the can that might hurt your Mac in the long run . Use a real compressor . Only contains air and moisture ( water ) .

And 60 PSI at 6 inches feels so wimpy , you might think its not useful . But its safe and will remove all loose dust !
I said "compressed air", I did not say "canned air". Air from a real compressor is compressed air.
 
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Dual Xeon X5690's are the best CPU upgrade you can do, though they still fetch decent prices on eBay.

If you're on a tight budget, get dual Xeon X5677's instead. They are 4-core Xeons running at 3.47GHz, so they'll be just as fast as the X5690's for single-threaded tasks, but will have 4 fewer cores/8 fewer threads in a dual CPU config. However, they are dirt cheap: only $40 a pair last I checked.

96GB of RAM (6x16GB) is the sweet spot for capacity and performance. Your system will take up to 128GB (8x16GB) with a marginal performance penalty.

GPU is the big question, depending on how much you want to spend and how deep you want to get into modding your Mac Pro to provide the necessary power to a higher-end card. I think the Vega 56 strikes the best balance between performance and ease of providing sufficient power without modding your system. Otherwise, the Radeon RX 580 is a safe card to use from a power, compatibility, and cost perspective, though not a blazing performer by modern standards.

Upgrading internal storage to a NVMe is a very cost-effective performance boost.
 
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Jack_Borel

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Thank you very much for all your recommendations, I learnt a lot!

Ideally I would prefer to stay away from modding my Mac Pro because I don't know if I'll be able to do it by myself (I'm a little afraid to mess with electrical).

So here are my thoughts based on your comments (please tell me if I'm wrong), I would go for:

- New CPU - Dual Xeon X5690

- MORE RAM - 96GB of RAM (6x16GB) Samsung M393B2G70BH0-YH9

- NEW GPU - AMD Radeon Vega 56 Red Dragon (without any mod)
@Snow Tiger mentioned that the Dual 480s could be an option specially if I'm working on Resolve, C4D, etc

- NVMe - HP EX950 M.2 1TB PCIe 3.1 x4 + Sonnet M.2 4x4 PCIe 3.0 x16 Card for NVMe SSDs


The total seems to be around $1000

Let me know your thoughts
Thank you for all your help!
 
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Thank you very much for all your recommendations, I learnt a lot!

Ideally I would prefer to stay away from modding my Mac Pro because I don't know if I'll be able to do it by myself (I'm a little afraid to mess with electrical).

So here are my thoughts based on your comments (please tell me if I'm wrong), I would go for:

- New CPU - Dual Xeon X5690

- MORE RAM - 96GB of RAM (6x16GB) Samsung M393B2G70BH0-YH9

- NEW GPU - AMD Radeon Vega 56 Red Dragon (without any mod)
@Snow Tiger mentioned that the Dual 480s could be an option specially if I'm working on Resolve, C4D, etc

- NVMe - HP EX950 M.2 1TB PCIe 3.1 x4 + Sonnet M.2 4x4 PCIe 3.0 x16 Card for NVMe SSDs


The total seems to be around $1000

Let me know your thoughts
Thank you for all your help!
Rethink choosing the Sonnet M.2 4x4, it's a really bad fit for MP5,1. You have to remove the PCIe fan every time you need to install or remove the card. The card works fine, but it's too long.

Another problem, EX950 is a M.2 2280 double-sided blade, Sonnet M.2 4x4 only accepts single sided M.2 blades.

HighPoint SSD71xx family is a better fit, accept double sided M.2 blades and can boot Windows.
 
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Interesting Topic. I also own a MacPro 5.1, but upgraded with two X5675 6-Core 3.06 Ghz and 48 GB of ram. But still with the same GTX680 as TS. Yesterday i did my first Davinci Resolve 16 Project and I noticed while coding the movie into H.264 the CPU only runs at less as 30%, so roughly at 4 cores instead of 12. Last year i did a Project using ShotCut, this software uses all Cores while coding the movie.

So is the bottleneck the GPU? Would a Vega 56 or Vega 64 give a huge boost? But, if I installed the Vega, do I have to activate the hardware acceleration? Do I have to upgrade to Mojave? I just installed High Sierra to run Davinci Resolve 16.

I'll will check if hardware acceleration is enabled on the GTX680.

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Interesting Topic. I also own a MacPro 5.1, but upgraded with two X5675 6-Core 3.06 Ghz and 48 GB of ram. But still with the same GTX680 as TS. Yesterday i did my first Davinci Resolve 16 Project and I noticed while coding the movie into H.264 the CPU only runs at less as 30%, so roughly at 4 cores instead of 12. Last year i did a Project using ShotCut, this software uses all Cores while coding the movie.

So is the bottleneck the GPU? Would a Vega 56 or Vega 64 give a huge boost? But, if I installed the Vega, do I have to activate the hardware acceleration? Do I have to upgrade to Mojave? I just installed High Sierra to run Davinci Resolve 16.

I'll will check if hardware acceleration is enabled on the GTX680.

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Davinci Resolve loves GPU power and supports even dual GPUs. If you want to go the Mojave route, you need to go the AMD route. Mojave will not accept Nvidia GPU's, (a few rare & bad exceptions). There are no more Nvidia Web drivers and no Apple default drivers anymore for Mojave. A move to a powerful AMD GPU would provide a big boost for your workstation, especially with Davinci. The GPU is actually more important theses days. (That's why Apple gimped the hardware acceleration intentionally to give you more motivation to buy a new Apple computer)
 
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First off , clean the interior of your Mac ....

My recommended basic configuration for a reasonably powerful media editing DP Mac Pro 5,1 is this : ....

Recommended macOS for all the above = Mojave 10.14.6 ( is officially supported with your Mac ) ...

Have fun ! This is a great machine and built like a main battle tank . It's still surprisingly fast .
Invaluable tips in this whole post. Thanks, I too learned a lot! The factory Wifi card was already on order, so now heading straight over to the Startech Bluetooth 4.x dongle....

I mainly want to get Airdrop from my iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd gen to the cMP - I'm assuming the Startech BT 4.x will do this. I gather the factory Wifi card with HS or Mojave will allow AirDrop between Macs but not between iOS/iPadOS and my cmP. Please correct if I'm wrong in this assumption.
 
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- NEW GPU - AMD Radeon Vega 56 Red Dragon (without any mod)
@Snow Tiger mentioned that the Dual 480s could be an option specially if I'm working on Resolve, C4D, etc

Let me know your thoughts
Thank you for all your help!

The blower type RX 480 8GB graphics card looks like this . It has the right shape , cooling ability for a workstation and requires only a single standard to mini 6 pin PCIe power booster cable . And it is easy to install two of these in your Mac , but they do take up a lot of room !

radeon-rx-480-05-8a71346ccbe922eb28c3b5226316c0bf2.jpg


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wallah

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Thank you very much for all your recommendations, I learnt a lot!

Ideally I would prefer to stay away from modding my Mac Pro because I don't know if I'll be able to do it by myself (I'm a little afraid to mess with electrical).

So here are my thoughts based on your comments (please tell me if I'm wrong), I would go for: ....

The total seems to be around $1000

Let me know your thoughts
Thank you for all your help!
Looks like you will get a great system, and with the good tips to fine tune it from members.

Before you drop the $1000, think of the opportunity cost of that plus the $ sale value of your current system, worth (rough guess) around $900. So you already have $1900 available--with only $800-1000 more, you could get a nicely equipped i9 MBP 16" to go with your current monitor. And even add an e-gpu later on if you need more horse for gpu intensive workflow. Compare specs here at Everymac.com.
 
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Snow Tiger

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Invaluable tips in this whole post. Thanks, I too learned a lot! The factory Wifi card was already on order, so now heading straight over to the Startech Bluetooth 4.x dongle....

I mainly want to get Airdrop from my iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd gen to the cMP - I'm assuming the Startech BT 4.x will do this. I gather the factory Wifi card with HS or Mojave will allow AirDrop between Macs but not between iOS/iPadOS and my cmP. Please correct if I'm wrong in this assumption.

Airdrop is a part of the Continuity group of features in the Apple ecosphere . Continuity utilizes a combo WiFi and Bluetooth wireless signal . All the wireless components need to be Apple branded and they have to be physically connected in the appropriate interface .

You'll find the 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.x version of Continuity to be much more useful and reliable . I can't tell you how many times I struggled with airdrop using older wireless technology ( like 802.11n and BT 2.x ) .
 
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i did the X5690 upgrade 3-4 years ago, you just need the cpus and a tube of thermal paste.
just watch some videos on how to apply arctic silver.
my pro always worked smooth and without any problem and used, still use it daily !

with a new gpu, ram and ssd you get in the performance range of the entry level mac pro 2019
(which says a lot about the entry level mac pro 2019 😂)

ps. not so sure an NVMe is worth the extra $, maybe a normal ssd does it as well

pps. note that with unflashed gpus you will not have a boot screen, the login will be the first thing to see.
you will not be able to select other boot drives or fix problems in single user mode
 
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Davinci Resolve loves GPU power and supports even dual GPUs. If you want to go the Mojave route, you need to go the AMD route. Mojave will not accept Nvidia GPU's, (a few rare & bad exceptions). There are no more Nvidia Web drivers and no Apple default drivers anymore for Mojave. A move to a powerful AMD GPU would provide a big boost for your workstation, especially with Davinci. The GPU is actually more important theses days. (That's why Apple gimped the hardware acceleration intentionally to give you more motivation to buy a new Apple computer)

Well Catalina still runs on the GTX 765M on my iMac 2011. But indeed the Nvidia-Route is dead.

For I am still on HS, still have some older Software like Photoshop, still wonder it runs on HS. I first have to test the support on Mojave.

What card are working best? The Link on Post #4 mentioned the Vega 56 and 64 along with the RX560 and RX580, although the last 2 gave some problems. Are Cards like the RX480 supported? The RX480 also have H264 hardware acceleration.
 
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Well Catalina still runs on the GTX 765M on my iMac 2011. But indeed the Nvidia-Route is dead.

For I am still on HS, still have some older Software like Photoshop, still wonder it runs on HS. I first have to test the support on Mojave.

What card are working best? The Link on Post #4 mentioned the Vega 56 and 64 along with the RX560 and RX580, although the last 2 gave some problems. Are Cards like the RX480 supported? The RX480 also have H264 hardware acceleration.

I used to have two different versions of the Vega 64 in my 5.1 at times after I sold my trusted 980TI card two full years ago.
The Vega performed ok for my needs, however, I was not satisfied with the cooling duct fan. The card heated up tremendously after a while, also the nicer Limited Edition with the Alu shroud swap didn't make a difference. The cooling was the main reason why I grabbed a Vega VII. Finally a great card with normal cooling. The Vega VII is already EOL, so you could get one for a great used price on eBay, but I would also recommend the new 5700XT card, because you will not need the pixels mod for that card. But it would require the newest MacOS software for the included drivers on the 5700.
Since not everyone wants to spend bigger money on old tech, the overall best budget/performance option would be the Red Dragon Vega 56 with its custom cooling fans. This way you can save money, but have a better cooling system. If you go this route, make sure you use the EVGA PowerLink for the best-balanced connection.
Apple itself recommends the Radeon 580 Pulse, however, this card was too weak for my needs.
You mentioned an iMac from 2011, - with how many mac systems do you work at the moment?
 
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You mentioned an iMac from 2011, - with how many mac systems do you work at the moment?

Hmmm not much... i have a iMac 2011 in the living room, the MacPro 5.1 in my... hmmm... lets call it office. Further more a 2011 MacBook Pro 17" and 15". Some MacMini's G4 up to 3.1.

And this stuff in my hobby room...

DSC_6144_DxO.jpg

Looks like this.
DSC_6145_DxO.jpg

And lots of older stuff, like G4 and older. Noticed the PowerMac 6100 in the last picture?
 
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I would caution to ensure the fans are secured so they don't spin when hit with compressed air. Fans can generate power and damage components.
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While your system can be upgraded and many have provided excellent guidance on doing so. The bulk of them, combined, would probably be no more than $500. A high end GPU could push that a little higher but everything else should come in at or under that price.

I would have you ask yourself: Am I experiencing any performance issues and, if so, where? You can attempt to identify any bottlenecks with "Resource Monitor". Of course there's the possibility you remove one bottleneck and a new one appears.
I clean my computers by using the exhaust port of a small shop vac. It is a higher volume of air but lower psi and cleans the inside quite well, they look new after a few seconds of blowing that air onto the inside of a pc. It will clean out the inside of the power supply also, much better than using canned freon, which is actually what "canned air" contains. It is not air. Do use something to keep the fan blades from spinning so the bearings don't overspeed. Better to do thiis outside because a big cloud of dust will be formed. You could use two hoses, one to blow the exhaust air and another to suck it up but it will still make a mess inside.
 
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redfoxx

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I have the same question but my specs are different and I need help figuring out what I need to beef up my computer to run the latest OS and programs. I was laid off in Sept (im a graphic designer) and now I'm freelancing while I hunt for a new job.
Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
Processor: 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 16 GB 1066 MHz DDR3
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB
 
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Silencio

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I have the same question but my specs are different and I need help figuring out what I need to beef up my computer to run the latest OS and programs. I was laid off in Sept (im a graphic designer) and now I'm freelancing while I hunt for a new job.
Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
Processor: 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 16 GB 1066 MHz DDR3
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB
All you really need is a Metal compatible GPU. Everything else will just make things better, like a faster 6-core CPU, more RAM, SSD or NVMe to work from, etc.
 
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I have the same question but my specs are different and I need help figuring out what I need to beef up my computer to run the latest OS and programs. I was laid off in Sept (im a graphic designer) and now I'm freelancing while I hunt for a new job.
Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
Processor: 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Memory: 16 GB 1066 MHz DDR3
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB
As mentioned by Silencio, you'll need a Metal GPU first to be able to install Mojave , which comes with a necessary BootRom update .
The RX580 (Pulse) is a popular choice .

Mojave is the last officially supported OS and very stable , nevertheless you can install Catalina or BigSur by e.g. OpenCore.

I'd recommend a Westmere 6-core CPU e.g. X5675/5680/5690 , more RAM (1333mHz) and a NVMe drive .
You'll get the fastest RAM when installed 3 modules ( and 6 for DUAL CPU), so e.g. 3X16GB.
NVMe drives are about the same price as an SSD but much faster, depending on your budget you could buy a simple PCIe X4 adapter card e.g. KRYO EVO for ~ €30,-
 
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