What do you think?

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  1. Ultracyclist, Feb 18, 2016
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    Ultracyclist macrumors regular

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    Hi Guy's (and girls)

    Recently I got this 2006 Mac Pro 1.1

    I did the firmware update to 2.1 and with al the hardware updates this is my total setup

    Mac Pro 2006
    2X Intel Xeon x5355 Edit: replaced with the X5365
    32gb RAM 667Hrz
    ATI Radion 5770 1gb Edit: replaced with an Sapphire HD 7950 3GB
    Kingston SSDNOW 120gb Edit: replaced with an Samsung 850 evo 250GB
    Apple HDD 320gb (old one from my MBP) Edit: replaced with an WD 1TB
    PCI-E Adapter Set Apple BCM94360CD BT 4.0 Wifi Card
    PCI-E USB 3.0 Card Inateck KT4006

    2X Dell Ultrasharp U2515H
    Hercules 2.1 Slim
    Apple Magic trackpad
    Apple Wireless keyboard + wired keyboard

    OS: 10.11.4


    So what do you think?
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    Good job. I always like to see people push the boundaries of their computers and make the most out of them. You have certainly done so.
     
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    Always nice to see the first gen Mac Pro still being put to good use! I just donated mine to my brother over Christmas when I upgraded to the dual processor 5,1
     
  6. Ultracyclist thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nice, this 1.1 I have, I got from a friend of mine. He didn't use it anymore because he has his 3,1 he uses.

    I just like it as a project and to have it as my desktop "BEAST" :D
     
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    Awesome! :apple:
     
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  9. ifraaank, Mar 6, 2016
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    [​IMG]
    OT: What is that? A HDD? Of which model? :D
    EDIT: And can I get a link to that wallpaper?
     
  10. Ultracyclist thread starter macrumors regular

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    its my external firewire drive i just love the mac pro design
     
  11. ifraaank macrumors regular

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    I thought so. Can I get the model? Looks awesome :D
     
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  13. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    IMHO, the Macally enclosure model "g-s350sua" looks even more like a Mac Pro:

    61Jk869U8XL._SY355_.jpg

    There is no question what they were thinking of when they designed it.
     
  14. Ultracyclist thread starter macrumors regular

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    I really love the design, only problem with it is its vertical wouldn't be practical on my desk.
     
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    Having a little Britney Spears moment... Oops i did it again!

    Next week im upgrading my Mac Pro with an AMD RADEON HD7950 3 GB GDDR5 :):):cool::cool::D:D
     
  16. Johnny365 macrumors 6502

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    So, stupid question. Sapphire 7950 vs Radeon 7950? What's the difference? I thought about Sapphire, but why are there so many brands for the same model card? (haven't had a desktop in 12 years!)
     
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    Radeon HD 7950 is model, like nVidia GTX 680. Manufacturers are Sapphire, MSI, Gigabyte, EVGA, ASUS an so on.
    Just be sure to snag one with DVI, HDMI and two mDP ports if you want all them to work after flashing.
     
  18. Beamerrx7 macrumors newbie

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    I was just given a 2006 MP 2.66qx. Planning on building it up and seeing what it can do. Is this information still relevent? Does the OP still have this thing running in their setup?
     
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    I’ve sold it. Today I use 15” rMBP 2015 combo with RX580 eGPU and those displays.

    But buyer reported it still is fully operational.
     
  20. Beamerrx7 macrumors newbie

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    Interesting.

    I already have a 2017 MBP and a 2012 MM. This just fell in my lap and I figured it would be a good project to keep me busy. Glad to hear someone is still using this. I am tossing around the idea of upgrading to a 3,1 logic board.
     
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    Don’t, upgrading the motherboard will force you to upgrade many many other parts as well.

    You’d be better off just buying a 3,1
     
  22. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't advise investing a whole lot, but you can do a lot with just a little money. This is my summer project. My retired 1,1 (flashed 2,1) will become my iTunes server.

    CPU Upgrade: After upgrading the firmware to 2,1, replace the dual cores with a pair of L5335 Clovertown CPUs (2.35Ghz, drawing 50 watts each $10 for both, shipped.) This give you 8 cores and a low power draw. (100 watts vs 300 for the 3.0Ghz Clovertowns)

    Video Upgrade: Nvidia GT 740. These can be had off Ebay for around $50. Can game some, and it will drive a 4K panel.

    System Ram: Max out is 32Gb, about $50 right now on Ebay. Can be taken to 64Gb but the 8Gb sticks required are both pricey and rather hard to find.

    Hard drive (boot): 120Gb SSD in the lower optical bay. You can pick up a HD (SSD or spinner) off Ebay that has 10.11 on it with all of the necessary tweeks for it to run on a 1,1, about $35.

    Hard drive (data): 5 Hitachi 3Tb in a ZFS Z2 pool (double parity, 7.8Tb usable) Cost $300

    Blu-Ray (Upper Optical bay): $50 Mac Playback software $50.

    I already have most of this from when it was my production machine (Ram, Blu-Ray player & software, Boot HD). Just need to get the HDDs.

    $130 or so will get you 8 cores, a GT 740, a 240Gb SSD, and 16Gb of ram (always get 4Gb sitcks - you may not need 32Gb today, but you might need it next week).
     

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