Upgrading MacPro 1.1-need advice on all hardware upgrades

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by anybody67, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. anybody67 macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2008
    Newbie here.
    Specs:Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 10 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP11.005C.B08

    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x0393
    Revision ID: 0x00a1
    ROM Revision: 3008
    Cinema HD:
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Snow Leopard
    Primarily for number crunching
    Have upgraded my Ram. Would like to upgrade my video/graphics card (assuming video and graphics card are the same thing),cpu, and hard drive. Video/graphics card probably from the apple store ATI Radeon HD 4870 (anywhere else cheaper?). Have no idea about cpu or harddrive upgrades.
    Also, how simple is it to change graphics card? Checked it out on you tube-seems pretty simple except for the cable connection apparently. I am assuming I will have to go to the apple store for cpu installation ( cost?).

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    If number crunching is your aim you will not get much from a 4870 although it will be a nice upgrade. You can save some $$ by flashing a PC card if you can live with restrictions like no HDMI, no VGA, no sound. PC 4870s go for under 150$

    Best option is CPU upgrade to 3.0 GHz Quad Woodcrest if you are on single threaded apps or to 3.0 Octad Clovertown if you are on multithreaded. This upgrade isn't done by Apple. Do it yourself only.

    Your I/O system goes fastest if you RAID0 big 2TB disks or run an SSD as a system and apps drive.
  3. anybody67 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2008

    Thanks for the input-looking forward to doing it
  4. ungraphic macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    The 4870 is compatible on a first gen Mac Pro (1,1)??? I thought the best compatible cards were the 3870 and 8800gt??

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