Upgrade worth the money?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Pjotr28, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Pjotr28 macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I own a 2009 2.66ghz Mac Pro running Mountain Lion. Stuffed with ATI 4870, 12gb ram, 4 hard drives and a ssd card as start up drive. I use it most of the times for FCP 7, X and a little motion and AE.

    The systems feels a sluggish recently. I've read a lot on the net and on MacRumors on CPU and GPU upgrades. For example a GT670 and a W3680 should give me a huge system boost. But do you guys think it's worth the money? The both will cost around 800 - 1000 euro's. Trading in my Mac Pro and buying a top of the bill iMac will cost the same. Why did you guys, who made the upgrade, choose for upgrading in stead of buying an iMac?
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    A W3680 and GTX670 will be quite a bit faster than even the top of the line most upgraded iMac. Otherwise if you really are asking the question you'll be just fine with an iMac. And you get a screen as a bonus:)
  3. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    It's always worth asking, does your ssd boot drive have trim enabled? How much free space is there? I ask because you indicate it's getting slow. Slowing down may indicate an easy fix as opposed to being inadequate for increased needs.
  4. Tesselator, Mar 3, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2013

    Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    Aren't the reasons for choosing an expandable open system over a closed one self evident?

    In your current case I would recommend increasing your RAM to 24 or 32GB. A faster video card will help as well. Another speed booster for the apps you mention is RAID0 with fast drives. SSDs if your projects are small or something like the 3 or 4 of the new Seagate 3TB drives if larger. I'm not sure how you have your 4-drives configured or which ones they are so I added that in. Here's the four seagates in RAID0:


    Also see if turning off the dynamic pager doesn't help with the sluggishness:

    In terminal enter:
    sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.dynamic_pager.plist​

    followed by a reboot to turn it off. You can turn it on again with

    sudo launchctl load -wF /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.dynamic_pager.plist​

  5. Pjotr28 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Thank you all.

    I'm convinced in doing an upgrade of the video card. Perhaps a pc gtx670. I'll have a look at the trim thing of the ssd. What I forgot to mention is that my scratch disk all ready operates in RAID0.

    I'll wait with the CPU and see what this brings. I could allways sell the GPU and Mac Pro when that new Mac Pro finally arrives. If it does....

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