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Questions re iMac Pro setup #101

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scripting opened this Issue Oct 31, 2018 · 4 comments

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scripting commented Oct 31, 2018

I've got a new computer. Fun, right?

Well there are problems. I'm writing about them on Scripting News.

If you have insights or advice, this is a good place to post them.

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jlynch3 commented Oct 31, 2018

Monoprice makes excellent monitors at better price points than Dell, using many of the same components. I got a 4K 28 inch Samsung at a huge discount from Costco, bringing it down to Monoprice’s level. You’ll probably want a monitor with a DVI port, which the iMac Pro can drive at 4K. Some monitors support 5K. There are inexpensive Thunderbolt 3-DVI cables available from Monoprice and Amazon. For the drive, you need a Thunderbolt 2-thunderbolt 3 cable... not hard to find, same locations as the monitor cable.

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scripting commented Oct 31, 2018

@jlynch3 -- thanks for the advice on monitors. I ended up choosing a BenQ monitor and a no-name cable from Amazon for a total of $197.44.

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brookscl commented Nov 1, 2018

Two biggest changes that helped me with my 2017 iMac: upgrading to 40GB main memory (I bought Crucial DRAM on Amazon) and replacing my spinning external media drive with a 2TB SanDisk extreme SSD with the thunderbolt 3 interface. Suspect you already have at least 32GB DRAM already.

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agerstein commented Nov 2, 2018

I think I have that same BenQ display - and I love it.
Regarding your drives - if they're firewire, it might be time to retire them before something happens. New drives are certainly cheap enough, and you could set yourself up with some kind of desktop RAID that provides the storage you need along with backups.

You can NEVER have enough backups!

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