What all call be upgraded on a Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Joe Bannon, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Joe Bannon macrumors regular

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    I'm curious as to what all can be upgraded on a mac pro. I only got my first Mac a year ago, so I'm curious. Example, can the CPUs be replaced. I do know about the memory, I added more from OWC.
     
  2. matt321 macrumors member

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    Well... your CPU's can be replaced but you're already at the top of the line for Harpertown. (Unless you want an extra 200mhz, in which case you can go for 2 Xeon X5492 @3.4Ghz)

    The new Nehalem chips won't work due to socket/architecture changes.

    You can upgrade to 32gb of Ram. (8 x 4Gb chips)

    At the moment the 8800gt and 3870 are your only options for *upgrading* your graphics. (Or the Quadro FX 5600 if you need Professional Graphics)

    You can also add a RAID configuration, either SATA or SAS (though SAS will cost you the drives plus the Apple Raid Card whereas SATA can be made into RAID 0, 1, or 1+0 (sometimes called 10) through Disk Utility)

    You could add a Blu-Ray Drive since there are 2 extra SATA connectors on board. It does you no good (really) in OS X and those 2 extra connectors do NOT show up under bootcamp so this is kind of a wash...


    Probably the best upgrade you could do would be either Solid State Drives or Velociraptors from WD. (Or a graphics upgrade if you have a 2600xt)

    Ram is always good but it depends what you do?

    What are your complete specs?
     
  3. yomibro macrumors regular

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    You can always upgrade your number of AAPL shares with that extra money and watch it grow...... :)
     
  4. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    Unless it keeps going down. Its $87 right now, it was $200 not long ago...
     

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