Upgrading CPU on 6,1 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by circuitt, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. circuitt macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2016
    I'm thinking about buying and then upgrading a 6,1 Mac Pro CPU.
    I've built a ton of PC back in the day and also did a few 5,1 to hex cores. Is the 6,1 much harder ? Should I buy a quad core with a d500 or 6 core with a d300 and then upgrade. I've found 8 core processors on eBay for around 350-400

    Would this one work ?
    I don't do video editing so not sure if the d500 would work out better or not. I'm. Using refurbished and the price is a couple hundred difference between 6 core with d300 vs quad with d500.
  2. h9826790 macrumors G5


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
  3. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Two things to keep in mind:
    • The CPU is very easy to upgrade
    • The GPUs are difficult to upgrade because they are very rare on the market and command very high prices when they are available
    So given a choice, I would buy the model that includes the better GPU and then upgrade the CPU if needed.
  4. CC88 macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    Agree with ActionableMango. Try to find a D700 GPU on a quad core and then upgrade the CPU.

    I have done CPU upgrade lots of time for me and my friends and it's not too long and not too difficult process.
  5. circuitt thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2016
    I mainly do audio , my wife has a canon t5i for videos and stuff but herm.. main reason I want the Mac Pro is the quiet fan! plus I can attach my thunderbay and thunderbolt dock to it , replacing my 2015 MacBook pro which the fan is crazy loud. I could wait for a imac Pro but your looking to spend over 5k, and I am willing to bet the fan won't be a quiet as the pros.
  6. CC88 macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    I do 3D rendering, video editing with fcpx and davinci and I never heard my macpro fan. Never. It's an incredible machine and I love it.
  7. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

    Flint Ironstag

    Dec 1, 2013
    Houston, TX USA
    It's pretty quiet, but fire up hash cat and you'll hear it.
  8. CC88 macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    Maybe. I have tryed the "yes" method to stress it for cpu temperature increasing and never heard the fan even at cpu 95°C.
  9. ctrlzone macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2017

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