Well, I Finally Did It! (and a question)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by khollister, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. khollister macrumors 6502a

    khollister

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    Just pulled the trigger on a 3.2 GHz Quad, 27" ACD, OWC 120 GB SSD, 12GB OWC RAM and ESATA card. Used my employee discount on the Apple stuff. Got a mDP extension cable from Monoprice for the monitor. Using ESATA for my Voyager drive dock I use for backup drive cloning. I'll be taking 2 2TB drives and a 1TB drive from my FW enclosures and putting them inside.

    Use is photography (CS5, NX2, Photomatix, etc) and music (Logic, Kontakt, Spectrasonics).

    One question - I plan to use the 120 GB SSD for boot+apps, but much of the music software wants to install with libraries dumped into /Library/Application Support/, which will soon overcome the SSD. I was thinking of aliasing that directory to a HD for installation and then copying the non-music stuff back over to the SSD. Any better ideas?

    While Logic now has support for the 6/12 core processors, I just couldn't see the $800 price premium for the 3.33. The only real performance gain for me would have been the 8 -> 12 MB cache improvement and the 2 extra cores in Logic (CS5 is still not too MP aware).

    I'm coming from a 27" i5 2.66 GHz iMac. Looking forward to a performance bump for the 3.2 as well as the SSD option and all the drives being internal (lose the collection of external FW stuff & pick up speed). Also more comfortable from a maintainability standpoint than the iMac.
     
  2. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    Congratulations! That's a great setup that will serve you well for a long time. I've used symlinks for audio libraries in the past to direct Garageband and Soundtrack files to another drive. This worked fine and did exactly what you're searching for. I can't remember if aliases work or not, but I chose symlinks for some reason :eek:

    Do any of those apps allow you to choose the directory? You could have them in your ~/Library folder if they'll allow. Another, less ideal option, is to install them in your ~/Applications folder. This *should* lead to the audio libraries installed in the ~/Library folder. You'll, of course, lose out on the SSD benefit so it's probably not a good solution. I've done this with some of my larger applications so I thought I'd at least mention it. Someone with more knowledge will certainly chime in :)
     
  3. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Great setup! I have the 2009 2.93GHz Quad with the 120GB OWC SSD and 12GB of RAM too, sounds like yours is just like mine except 266MHz faster :) - I got the W3540 and you will have the W3565.

    Have fun with it!
     
  4. khollister thread starter macrumors 6502a

    khollister

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    Duh - you are correct. I meant symlinks.

    A few of the tools allow installation to other drives/folders, but some of the damn stuff doesn't.
     
  5. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    Symlinks are probably your best bet for those that don't. It's too bad some applications don't support multiple drive setups very well. Good luck and enjoy your new MP :D
     
  6. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats! Tried talking the wife into letting me adopt a Mac Pro today myself, but she wasn't having it. Compromised and came home with a quad-core i5 iMac instead, with the understanding that I'll upgrade to a Mac Pro in the next 2-3 years.

    Just out of curiousity, what kind of discount does Apple give to employees? Should I be looking for a part-time job? :D
     
  7. khollister thread starter macrumors 6502a

    khollister

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    I don't work for Apple - Apple provides discounts to employees of certain companies just like education. The discount in my case is only about 7% - offsets the sales tax at least.
     
  8. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

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    Oh okay. I'm an MA student so I'm already getting a discount. I just didn't know if it was this super-secret cool 25% off type thing. :)
     

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