4 Replies Latest reply: May 22, 2012 3:57 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder
kozphoto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm planning on purchasing a Mac Pro early 2008 tower; 2.8 GHZ Quad-core Intel Xeon; 6 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM; ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB running Lion 10.7.4.


Couple of questions;


I'm editing motion photography more and more often; aside from adding RAM is there something else I should be doing to build the speed on this Mac Pro?


Should I plan on upgrading the graphics card?


I'm currently on a pre-intel G5, is there a chance I might incorporate it somehow with the new Mac Pro, as a scratch disk or some such thing?


Thanks in advance,



Dual 2 gig G5, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Trading up
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    Asked a lot.


    Just went through same numbers (weekly it seems, check)


    For $2K you could get a 2010 instead and better off: more cheaper RAM and no need to replace the GPU which you really do need to do.


    It would have to cost under $1400 at most to be viable and competitive.

  • 2. Re: Trading up
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,935 points)

    If you have the budget for it, using an SSD for primary storage will have a big effect. Warning: you'll never be able to go back to booting from a hard drive.

  • 3. Re: Trading up
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    Check the blog and articles: www.macperformanceguide.com which is written by a professional photographer and a lot of ideas on upgrades and maxing out system - SSD on PCIe for performance, 4 x 4TB of storage, 48GB RAM.

  • 4. Re: Trading up
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    If you can afford it, I suggest you buy in at 2009 model or later.


    Architectural changes in the 2009 model means they benchmark nearly twice as fast at the same nominal CPU speed and number of processors, and additional memory is much cheaper and does not have to be "paired".