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What upgrades can I do to this G 8 desktop?

Have a 0ld G 8 G86503FYUPZ. Looking into filling the memory to 8 gigs. Is there a new updated logic board and can this unit be made wi fi?

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Apple Mac Pro "Eight Core" 3.0 (2,1) Specs

Identifiers: Mac Pro - BTO/CTO - MacPro2,1 - A1186 - 2138

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ma...

Standard RAM: 1 GB Maximum RAM: 32 GB*

RAM Type: PC5300 DDR2 ECC Min. RAM Speed: 667 MHz

Details: Uses "667 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) memory" with a heatsink design that is a bit different than generic FB-DIMMs and has "up to [a] 256-bit wide memory architecture".

Details: 1.0 GB of RAM installed as two 512 MB modules. 6 slots free. RAM must be installed in pairs, and for "best acoustic performance" contain an "Apple-approved heat sink".

*Apple officially supports a maximum of 16 GB of RAM but third-parties have been able to upgrade the system to 32 GB of RAM using eight 4 GB memory modules.

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Standard Hard Drive: 250 GB (7200 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)

Please tell us if you have done any upgrades, added a hard drive or any PCI cards, what your budget is and what you main usage is and what you want to do with it.

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To the best of my knowledge neither I or my Daughter can not recall doing any upgrades. At this time was not considering a budget until I can see what can be done. One thing for sure is to fill the memory to 8 gig after that any suggestion

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I go with at least another hard drive and put a system on it so you can boot from either drive and repair one from the other. Maybe a SSHD drive to use as the main. When doing the RAM, keep it in pairs and add 2 4GB sticks.

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Ok that sounds good and I under stand the memory but where is a good site to buy memory. Can this unit be upgraded to handle El Capitan or does the mother board need to be upgraded.

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Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.4.9 (8P4037) Maximum MacOS: X 10.7.5*

RAM Type: PC5300 DDR2 ECC Min. RAM Speed: 667 MHz

Details: Uses "667 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) memory" with a heatsink design that is a bit different than generic FB-DIMMs and has "up to [a] 256-bit wide memory architecture".

Be careful when buying RAM for this machine as it can be very high dollar. Here's a couple of links for reasonably prices used RAM: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kingston-16GB-4x...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4GB-KIT-2X2GB-DD...

Consider going to a SSHD hard drive for a speed and storage boost, the 2 TB drive can be had for about $8 more tan the 1 TB: Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ

Or even a 4TB drive such as this: 4 TB 3.5" Hard Drive Desktop SSHD

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Thanks now to find the time to upgrade with grand kids and three busted finger and all the honey dew lists

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