Mac Pro  →  Mac Pro

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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 to mac pro


…from Apple:
  • 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)
…from OWC:
…from eBay:


  1. Combine 3x 3TB HDs into a single 9TB drive via RAID 0.
  2. 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).
  3. Combine 120GB SSD with current 120GB SSD via RAID 0.
  4. 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).
  5. Reuse current external backup strategy of 1TB Time Machine drive, 2TB data drive, and 2TB data + OS3 drives.

Result (TBC)

Hopefully one of the fastest Macs I could possibly put together, within financial reason.

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