I have an early 2009 Mac Pro 4,1 with one quad core 2.66ghz Xeon processor and 4x2Gb of RAM. The machine is packed with disks for storage and is running osx 10.6 off a Western digital WDC WD6400AAKS-41H2B0 640Gb 7200rpm drive.
I'm a pro photographer working on weddings commercial stuff and Ive been working with the machine for 3 good years. But s we all know software keeps becoming more hungry and the machine is starting to become cumbersome for my workflows especially ever since i started working with Lightroom 4. I was wondering if it is worth pimping the machine up a bit and get another year or so off it before moving onto a shiny new iMac with lightning fast thunderbolt ports and really expensive storage arrays to go with it.
The Mac Pro has 2x2Tb(Raid1-internal-via OS X) and 2x3Tb (Raid1 via esata) which are both nearing their capacities. So i also have to think about a long term storage investment since I have a full year of weddings to soot next year which I definitely do not have where to fit right now.
Was thinking that if I get 2x8Gb of Ram (~ $160) and keep 2x2Gb of RAM to have a total of 20GB and buy a 240Gb SSD drive (~ $160) to store my OS on, the machine would perform considerably faster. But then again I would have to invest in storage arrays too and I cannot connect any more esata devices to my Mac pro which makes me want an iMac to be able to connect an uber expensive thunderbolt 6-bay storage system which can only come full of disks rather than an enclosure only (which would allow you to buy more disks as you go along).
So what do you guys think? Is it worth upgrading the Mac Pro? If yes, which SSD drives are best for this kind of application? a hybrid drives worth considering? Or should I just ditch it and go for a new 27" iMac when they're out in January?
I really like the Mac Pro cos I think they're incredibly solid systems but then again, the iMac has an awesome screen which makes me want one badly!