In Part One of this upgrade, I updated all the software (and firmware). Go check that out to get caught up. Now it’s time for the hardware, which as the name suggests, will, in fact, be harder. In this post, I am going to cover the “plan” for upgrading hardware on the system. Let’s jump in!
The table below shows:
1. The various components of the system
2. What is currently installed
3. What I plan to replace it with
4. The priority I am placing on each upgrade
|Original Part||Upgraded Part||Upgrade Priority|
|CPU||2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon||3.46GHz 12-Core Intel Xeon||3|
|GPU||ATI Radeon HD 5870||Radeon PULSE RX580 8GB||1|
|RAM||8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC||32GB 1066 MHZ DDR3 ECC||2|
|HDD Bay 1||1TB 5400RPM||240GB SSD (Boot Drive)||1|
|HDD Bay 2||1TB 5400RPM||4TB 5400RPM (Storage)||Already Done|
|HDD Bay 3||1TB 5400RPM||6TB 5400RPM (RAID 0)||Already Done|
|HDD Bay 4||1TB 5400RPM||6TB 5400RPM (RAID 0)||Already Done|
|Optical Drive (Upper)||Apple SuperDrive||N/A||N/A|
|Optical Drive (Lower)||Apple SuperDrive||N/A||N/A|
|WiFi||AirPort Extreme 802.11N||OSXWiFi 802.11AC||4|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR||OSXWiFi Bluetooth 4.0||2|
|USB||USB 2.0 x5 ports||(add) USB 3.0 PCIe x4 ports||1|
There you have it, that is the list! Pretty doable I would say. In the next (and final) part of this post I will cover how the actual upgrades went, what worked / what didn’t, and of course “Was it worth it!?”. Until next time..
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jason at burk dot io