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#2123171 Seeking professional/expert/experience advices on Mac Pro 2008 3.1

Posted by LaFemme69 on 26 March 2015 - 05:14 AM

I am purchasing a Mac Pro 3,1 for $100.00, and have been doing some research, from what  I read, using the less expensive 667Mhz Ram won't be a noticeable difference over the 800 Mhz.  The SSD upgrade will have the greatest performance impact.  I am going to get the Apricorn Solo, ( Unless I find something better), i have 5 SSD's 2 SATA III, and 3 SATA II's. I also have a Nvidia GTX 650 Video Card that should work OOB.  I plan on using its as an audio workstation using my Personus Audiobox iTwo audio interface. Good luck on your upgrades, I look forward to your future posts, with the upgrade progress. I get my Mac Pro 3,1 on 3/31/2015 :)WOW, you got an even more of a deal for your Rig!!  LOL. I will mainly use mine for video and photo editings. so far, I have a 512GB SSD running through a SATA PCIe controller card (Not the Apricorn Solo YET).  Not sure why I don't see much diffference in speed as compared to my old hackintosh rig.......

#2122494 Seeking professional/expert/experience advices on Mac Pro 2008 3.1

Posted by LaFemme69 on 24 March 2015 - 12:10 AM

After a few years with Hackintosh scenes, I've decided to plunge and get a dinosaur Mac Pro 2008 3.1.  I got a really good deal but I think it will still have a few more good years in the bag, especially with a few upgrades. Running Yosemite at the moment.  Wondering if anyone can help me with a few things: 1) replaced the stock ATA DVD Rom with a SATA DVD Rom.  Noticed that whenever the MP boots up, the dvd rom door pops open.  The ATA ROM never did. 2) right now have 14GB of DDR2-5300 667Mhz.  Planning to max out to 32GB.  Should I add on another 18GB @ 667Mhz or would 32GB @ 800Mhz will make a noticeable difference that it's worth shelling $$$ to upgrade? 3) put in a SATA PCIe 2.0 controller card (in the x16 slot) to drive a 512GB SSD.  Unfortunately, the power to drive the SSD is in the DVD rom area so I'd have to run an extension power cable to where the pcie slot.  Planning to get an Apricorn Velocity S...
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