Upgrading my Mac Pro (In Pictures)

I’ve always dreamed of having a do it all high end workstation to do my experiments on. Something with fast storage, lots of ram and at least one fast GPU. As you may have gathered from my blog, I tend to dabble in different things so having a powerful machine allows me the flexibility that my laptop (A retina Macbook Pro) lacks.

So a year ago, I bought a 2009 Mac Pro off my friend fairly inexpensively with the intention of turning it into a power machine.

I started of with a Dual Quad Core 2.6Ghz machine and since then have upgraded it to a Dual Hex Core 2.93Ghz machine.

Here she is with the CPU tray removed, you can see the Radeon 7970 I got installed in there cpu tray removed

Here’s the old CPU, just after being removed. I wonder what the plastic ring is for?

old cpu

Here’s the CPU tray, no ram, with the new X5670 in the socket cpu in tray

And finally the Heatsink with a bit of Articlean on it.

heatsink with articlean

I wish I had taken a few more pictures of the process. I was so excited / nervous about finally being able to do the upgrade that I woke up at 5am and tore right into it. It’s impressive that I got any pictures at all!