How To Build A Classic And Powerful Mac Pro Computer

The Ancient Rivalry

There has been a rivalry between Apple and Microsoft for years that dates way back involving their operating systems, MacOS (macOS) vs Windows. Every person has their own preferences, I myself, prefer the Apple Macintosh operating system MacOS. MacOS is very well suited for Graphic Design, Photography, and Video Editing and Audio Production.

In recent years Apple has been changing many things from file formats to processor chips, so you have to know what works and is compatible to build a classic Mac Pro 5,1 a.k.a. The Cheese-Grater Mac Pro. We also would like to build this computer on a budget. Here are some tips and guidelines to building an awesome vintage Mac Pro that is still powerful by today's standards.

Mac Pro 4,1 and 5,1 Front and Back
Inside The Machine

1) A Classic Mac Pro (4,1 or 5,1)

To get started we are going to need a foundation to build the powerhouse computer on. That most affordable foundation is the Mac Pro 4,1 2009 model. This model can be found on Ebay for around $200 to $500 depending on condition and configuration.

If you can not find a 4,1 2009 model, you can also find yourself a 5,1 2010-2012 model to use as the foundation. The only downside is you're more than likely going to pay more for a 5,1 Mac Pro than a 4,1 model. In the end, the goal is to have a Mac Pro 5,1 on the cheap. The 4,1 can be updated to a 5,1 with a simple firmware update.

Mac Pro 4,1 and 5,1 Front and Back
Inside The Machine

2) GPU Upgrade a.k.a. Video Graphics Card

This step is probably the most pain in the rear upgrade for the machine if you didn't have this guide because of all the research involved. Your Mac Pro will most likely be equipped with a GT120 or a ATI Radeon 5770 (Upgrade Option), we will be replacing the video card with a ATI Radeon RX580 Windows PC version graphics card. By choosing the PC version we will be saving some serious cash.

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