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Just bought a Mac Pro 1,1 original Quad Core 3.0 with 2 empty slots crying out to be filled. Looking to buy either 4GB (2x2GB) or 8GB (2x4GB) of RAM. Specs:

Matched set PC5300 DDR2 ECC 667MHz 240-Pin FB-DIMM with Apple approved heat sink.

Prefer in-person transaction. Hoping to find a seller within 50kms of midtown Toronto (Yonge & Eglinton).

Thank you for looking.
For fastest reply, please email or phone: 416-875-two zero zero zero (cell).
arne AT sympatico DOT ca
 

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Go 8gb... MORE POWER!! Also check out canadaram... Cheapest place I've found for ram


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I say get the max. In this case if you can afford 8GB I say go with 2 sticks of 4GB.

Finding used ram on the other hand may be hard. I looked for a bit in Ottawa and only found one seller asking $100 for two sticks of 512MB. Seeing as I could get new for less I have no idea what the seller was thinking. I ended up ordering from CanadaRAM and got it quickly, so I'd suggest looking into CanadaRAM and getting new ram.


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Go 8gb... MORE POWER!! Also check out canadaram... Cheapest place I've found for ram


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I say get the max. In this case if you can afford 8GB I say go with 2 sticks of 4GB.

Finding used ram on the other hand may be hard. I looked for a bit in Ottawa and only found one seller asking $100 for two sticks of 512MB. Seeing as I could get new for less I have no idea what the seller was thinking. I ended up ordering from CanadaRAM and got it quickly, so I'd suggest looking into CanadaRAM and getting new ram.


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Thanks for the CanadaRAM tip guys. It would be great to add 8GB, but not sure I can afford it right now. The Mac Pro has 4GB in it so even if I get only 4GB additional, the total will be 8GB.

The most RAM intensive app on it will be Photoshop CS3 Extended. No video editing — yet (LOL). The internal HDDs are one 1.5TB for everything and one 1TB back-up with a second partition as a PS Scratch disc. Both are WD, 7200RPM, 64MB cache. For SuperDuper back-ups, there are two 2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro externals backed up daily and rotated off-site . OS is Snow Leopard 10.6.8

Comments and suggestions from esteemed EhMac members about running Photoshop with this set-up are welcome.

Thank you.
 

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I had 5GB, which I seemed to be maxing out on everyday activities, so I went for all or nothing and went up to 21GB. I haven't had a need to check the activity monitor since then. Will look tonight and will see how much I seem to be using.

It's too bad RAM for a Mac pro isn't cheap...
 

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OWC (MacSales) is a fine company, we deal with them. And our 4 GB kits (2x2G) 667 MHZ FB-DIMM are $6 cheaper, 8 GB kits (4x2G) $18 cheaper, in Canadian $, and without any over-border warranty hassles (we fulfill the Certified brand warranty here in Victoria).

Their 8 GB (2x8G) kit is a bit cheaper than ours, but it comes out a bit more expensive after shipping and US $ exchange fees on your charge card. (even with the Can$ at par, the credit card will charge you 4.5% in fees, about $14 on a $300 purchase)
 

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I have the same box with 10 GB in it. If Photoshop ever bogs, I believe it's more related to the HD than the RAM at this point--Activity Monitor show plenty of RAM to spare when PhotoShop is running full tilt. I'm going to pop a Velociraptor or something equally fast into the machine next.
 
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