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I've asked myself this question numerous times but keep coming back to the idea that the MacPro3,1 (a.k.a. 2008) still has a bit of life left in it. What is good: You can install 32GB of RAM in this thing for approximately $400 (price is average between two options on Amazon and assumes replacing all memory slots). You can replace the GPU with something ...


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Based on personal experience, the 08 Mac Pro is well worth squeezing that last bit of life out of. It will take 64GB RAM, as 8 x 16 - even though Apple say it will only take 8GB sticks. Best source, other than OWC [which I think is US only] is eBay. There are specialists who sell old Mac parts & RAM; & mostly list with specific models items will run ...


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A MacPro can hold a lot of RAM and in addition to the 4 HD bays and two Optical drive bays (that can be used with hard drives) there are two more SATA ports on the motherboard that are accessible with a bit of elbow grease. RAM is fairly cheap these days and unless you need terabytes of storage SSDs are not that expensive either. An SSD will give you a ...


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The risks to a system being able to boot again are highest when you make fundamental changes to the OS as part of an upgrade. This is due to three factors: some parts of the code base are only called when swapping in and out a new system so those code paths don't run normally. Any degradation of the files (bit rot) will be discovered, but not necessarily ...


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Low as this does get tested before. What is not tested as much is does each application work with the new OS. Apple can only test major apps it is the responsibility of the App's developer to test their app with the new OS and not all have the time to do this. But as always with any computer change take backups as there is always a chance of something ...


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Difficult to answer but: Do you see the CPU maxing out on the current computer (in the Activity monitor). As for the storage, it is something you can add later in form of supper fast Thunderbolt drive. You did not mention it, but adding RAM will take load from the CPU.


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Only you can make the determination if paying the extra is worth it to you! Personally I always max out the RAM, processor and storage as I've always been able to utilize it all. I too program in several languages and run many virtual machines, sometimes three or four at the same time. IMO one can never have too much RAM, too fast a processor or too much ...


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Check Get Info on /Applications/Safari.app. When I had problems with Safari like this, the permissions it showed 2 entries for everyone. One was set to read-only, the other to read-write. I had not seen 2 settings for everyone before, so I set the second one to read-only. Bingo – instantly everything was full speed again. I rebooted to be sure, and all is ...


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If you exceed 20 GB of RAM (I would say also, if you exceed 8 GB of RAM), you're doing something wrong with your code / algorithm. So try to optimize it to achieve better performance and if you can't optimize, go for high parallelism (cloud computing). Moreover you can use you HD space as swap space for temporary store information. I would opt out for SSD ...


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No, your Time Machine backup should restore to a supported Mac just fine. I do it all the time to save time installing multiple machines from scratch.


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Yes, it will work fine with Mac. I have personal experience. I've tested out that configuration.


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I would go with MacBook Pro for the better CPU, GPU (iris vs HD), and screen resolution since you are going to work with photo and video editing.


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Go for the MacBook Pro. It'll handle better video editing and photo editing software, and it's more powerful speaking about CPU. It's built for professional worker and who need performance. Another good point is that you will be able to upgrade RAM and SSD in the future, which is not true for the MacBook Air (they are soldered). I've got a MBP 13" mid ...


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You are the best person to answer that. Use the Activity monitor and take a look at RAM and HD current usage. That will tell you what you need most. Usually the more RAM the better, that in turn also removes some load from the HD, but a fasted SSD could help in the initial step of loading the app in to the RAM. So if you open and close lost of apps and ...


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I currently use a maxed out 11" MacBook Air which gets 10+ hours out of browsing with Chrome, with music playing from iTunes or YouTube most of the time. It can handle GIMP and Photoshop, video editing (tested with iMovie) and development with Xcode, Eclipse, Komodo and Brackets. I have experienced no problems with running games on High graphics settings ...


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It really depends on which browser you are using... I would recommend not using Safari on 10.6.8, since it is unsupported by Apple at this point, and the older versions of Safari have known compatibility / security issues. The best way to "upgrade" would just be to install a third party browser (Chrome or FireFox, which I linked to below) and those issues ...



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