Mac Setup: The Mac Pro Man Cave
This weeks featured Mac setup comes to us from Jordan W., who has a nice dedicated workstation which makes up a self-described “man cave“, complete with some great hardware and a jumbo screen to enjoy it all. Let’s jump right in to learn more:
What hardware is included in your setup?
The setup consists of the following hardware:
- Mac Pro (Mid 2010)
- 3.46Ghz 8 core CPU
- 28gb RAM
- 4tb HDD’s
- 120gb OWC Mercury PCIE SSD
- AMD Radeon R9 280x
- iPad Air 16gb Wifi
- iPhone 6 64gb (Used to take photos)
- Apple Wireless trackpad
- Apple Wireless keyboard
- 2tb Time Capsule
- 2tb Seagate external HDD connected to Time Capsule
- Sony 46” TV
- Sony Soundbar
Other geekery consists of a PowerMac g5 as a coffee table with some iOS icon coasters, an Xbox One, some iOS icon pillows I had specially made, and a G5 wall clock.
Why did you go with this particular setup?
I chose the Mac Pro simply because of the life span they can achieve due to their upgradability. I do not have room for a full size desk and monitors in the small room, so I decided simply to use the TV and turn the room into a sort of man cave.
What do you use your gear for?
I do quite a bit of photo editing simply as a hobby, many just from an iPhone 6 but the vast majority from my DSLR. I also love to play games on the Mac Pro, some within OS X and others within Boot Camp, I also have an Xbox One for gaming as well as a retro Xbox. I also like to edit and make movies in iMovie.
Do you have any essential or favorite apps for OS X or iOS?
I love iPhoto and iMovie, both of which I use on a regular basis. Other essentials include Photoshop and Handbrake. One of favourite apps is Geektool, which is very fun the play around with and get your desktop looking funky. I also use Macs Fan Control which can run under OS X and Windows so I can monitor all temps and fans inside the Mac Pro, useful during a long Handbrake or gaming session.
Any advice or productivity tricks you’d like to share?
I would advise anyone with a older Mac Pro to simply upgrade it and extend its life, thats the beauty of this Mac that no other Mac has. Putting a PCIE SSD and a nice powerful GPU inside makes the world of difference, you can even change the CPU’s like i did if you feel you can tackle it.
I also believe backing up via Time machine is hugely important, I back up to my Time Capsule and to another 2tb HDD thats connected to the Time Capsule, so including the Mac Pro itself I have essentially 3 HDD’s that have my thousands of photos on, I would have to be extremely unlucky to ever lose them!
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