Mac Pro-Memory, Hard Drive, Monitor Questions

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Okay, I did it! I went to an Apple Store today and bought the new base model Mac Pro, 2.8Ghz. I also added the Wi-Fi option. They said they had several Mac Pro's in stock and also the Wi-Fi option. They just charged me $43 for the option and installed it for free in about an hour. I had the idea it was user installable but the guy claimed it requires soldering and I definitely don't want to do it. I decided to do all the expansion on my own to save money so here are some questions I have.



1. Memory-First, I have 2GB now. This computer will be used regularly by two people so will often have two ID's on. Also, there will be a lot of multitasking such as running Office Word while Adobe Photoshop CS3 is running, Mail, Safari, iCal, maybe Numbers, things like that. Both of the users are heavy multitaskers. We will be installing Windows on it with either VMWare or Parallels. We're still trying to choose which Virtualization program to use and appreciate any advice with that. The question is how much memory I should have. I know someone with a MBP who has used both VMWare and Parallels and claimed 3GB was sluggish but it was good with 4GB but should I go to 6GB or maybe even 8GB?



The second part of that question is what memory should I get? I have had good luck with Corsair in a Mac Mini. Also, do I have to add the memory in pairs? I have read it has 2 cards with 4 slots each. Can I add two 1GB sticks or can I add 1 2GB stick, etc?



2. Hard Drive. I plan to replace the hard drive inside and go to likely 750GB and then add 2 1TB hard drives in bays 2 and 3. I plan to use the version of RAID which will mirror those two drives. I don't need a super fast drive. I don't want the slowest on the market but I want something medium speed but most important is a reliable drive at a good price since I'm buying 3 hard drives.



3. Monitor-I'm looking for a good 20-22" LCD Monitor. Once again I don't need the most state of the art, best picture, just something that is maybe a little above average. Any suggestions?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    You must buy 800MHz FB-DIMM memory for the new Mac Pro (as in, the 667MHz memory used by the previous Mac Pro will not work). The memory should probably be installed in pairs.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    cubitcubit Posts: 846member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FuturePastNow View Post


    You must buy 800MHz FB-DIMM memory for the new Mac Pro (as in, the 667MHz memory used by the previous Mac Pro will not work). The memory should probably be installed in pairs.



    That's good to know; I thought I could just drop in 2 brand new GB purchased for my new iMac 24"
  • Reply 3 of 4
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cubit View Post


    That's good to know; I thought I could just drop in 2 brand new GB purchased for my new iMac 24"



    Oh no. That's not even the right type of memory.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    sequitursequitur Posts: 1,901member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cubit View Post


    That's good to know; I thought I could just drop in 2 brand new GB purchased for my new iMac 24"



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    2.0GB OWC Matched Set (1GB x 2) PC6400 DDR2 ECC 800MHz 240 Pin FB-DIMM Modules for Mac Pro Quad Core / 8 Core ... more

    Brand: Other World Computing \tOWC Item # OWC64FB1MPK02GB

    \t \t$129.99
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