13 Replies Latest reply: Jul 17, 2012 8:03 AM by The hatter
JLMedia Photography Level 1 (0 points)

Please excuse my urgency but I have a Mac Pro circa 2009 I believe (how can I verify the age?) Spec is Quad Core Intel Xeon 2 x 2.8GHz

I was using a Nvidia GeForce graphics card with dual outputs, not sure of the model number right now as I have had to remove it.

Both screens started playing up so I have removed it and am running with just my ATI Radeon HD 2600 and it is working fine now. But I need to replace the faulty graphics card as a matter of extreme urgency (so much work to do)

My requirements are, I need dual screen again and want to be able to run my Dell 3008 30" at the full 2560 res along with a Dell 2407 24" as dual screen.

I use CS6 and LR4 all the time so am after speed. Money is not my initial priority as I would rather spend more and get something that would be man enough to do the best job. However I will probably look to upgrade the Mac sometime in the near future.

Can someone give me a few recomendations without getting to technical, I'm not that clued up on the technical details about all these things so am happy to go with good suggestions.

I would still like to be able to run my 40" LCD screen as a third display for clients when proofing pictures so will probably leave the ATI 2600 installed as this has worked fine for this.

One other thing I have noticed since removing the Nvidia is that I was getting a very loud constant fan noise which has stopped since taking it out, it was one of those noises that got faster and louder the longer you left the machine on, kind of like a jet engine during take off on a plane.


Thanks so much for your help. I will have a look through the forums but wanted to make sure that whatever I went for was definitely compatible with my machine.

Oh forgot too mention, I am looking to upgrade to Lion very soon but presume this will not cause a problem.


Best Regards,



Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2 x 2.8 Quad