I’ve finally pulled the trigger on a new Mac Pro. Yes, yes, yes, I know the Pro’s are due for an upgrade, but we’ve been waiting a while now and I didn’t want to wait any longer. And you know what? My original fear of buyer’s remorse if a new Pro is released in the next three to six months has disappeared completely, replaced by the excitement of a new machine to spec out and actually use for a long time to come.
So, a recipe for happiness:
- Mac Pro 5,1
- 1x 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” CPU
- ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB graphics card
- Cheapest RAM option possible (3GB) (wish you could choose no RAM)
- Cheapest hard drive option possible (1x 1TB SATA II) (same wish as above)
- 3x Hitachi Deskstar 3TB hard drives
- Combine 3x 3TB HDs into a single 9TB drive via RAID 0.
- Split 9TB drive into 3 volumes: Data (2TB), OS2 (120GB Backup boot drive), Spare (6.8GB for anything I’ve backed up and don’t need to access regularly).
- Combine 120GB SSD with current 120GB SSD via RAID 0.
- Bisect 240GB drive into bullshit-fast boot drive (OS1, for running the OS and launching applications) and bullshit-fast scratch disk (for usage by Photoshop, Premiere et al).
- Reuse current external backup strategy of 1TB Time Machine drive, 2TB data drive, and 2TB data + OS3 drives.
Hopefully one of the fastest Macs I could possibly put together, within financial reason.
- Six months ago, my current Mac Pro turned five.
- Nerding out — parts one, two, and three.
- Macrumors’ Mac Pro buying guide.
- Mac Pro forums which I’ve been reading daily for the last 12 months or so…