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Old Aug 29, 2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Buying a used 2009 Mac Pro

Hello All,

I am looking to buy a used Mac Pro (2009) for home office. I am a software programmer so I will be using mostly for running app servers, web stuff etc. No designing or video editing.

I came across
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Mac-Pr...item3384d7e068

I wanted to know if you guys think this is a decent deal?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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If it's in decent shape - I'd say it is a very good buy - including the shipping charge. But, on eBay, you just never know.

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Old Aug 29, 2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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Price is certainly tempting. I like Expercom personally when buying used stuff.

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Old Aug 29, 2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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Hardly any photos or information, Id be tempted to keep looking.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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Hello All,

I am looking to buy a used Mac Pro (2009) for home office. I am a software programmer so I will be using mostly for running app servers, web stuff etc. No designing or video editing.

I came across
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Mac-Pr...item3384d7e068

I wanted to know if you guys think this is a decent deal?

Thanks in advance.
I think a current gen Mac Mini would be a better solution for the same money.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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I did a search for similar models with the "completed listings" flag enabled. This tells you what they are actually selling for (and not selling for). It seems to be a fair to slightly high price, but definitely not a good deal. There are plenty that sold for less without the case damage, so I'd look at other listings or wait if there isn't anything better at the moment.

That being said, a Mac Mini at the same price is indeed a better computer for your stated purpose. But if you have upgrades in mind, the Pro is the way to go and the 2009 is the sweet spot because you can upgrade just as well as the 2012 version.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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craigslist, ebay, usedmacs.us they got some cheap ones there without the hassle
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 07:32 PM   #8
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OWC has some Used Mac Pros on sale starting at $879 for this config. I'd buy from them before fleabay.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Apple...e=diglloyd-mpg
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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Thanks guys.
Thats good info about the other sites. I will keep looking.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 08:12 PM   #10
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Hello All,

I am looking to buy a used Mac Pro (2009) for home office. I am a software programmer so I will be using mostly for running app servers, web stuff etc. No designing or video editing.

I came across
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Mac-Pr...item3384d7e068

I wanted to know if you guys think this is a decent deal?.
The 'normal' price for this 2009 Mac Pro on Ebay is $800 lately. So the OWC price is reasonable I think.

I think that OWC is the way to go if you really want one of these. They are reputable and will likely ship it properly and have warranty as well.

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Old Aug 29, 2013, 11:12 PM   #11
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hmm good deal
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 11:23 PM   #12
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I think it is fair on ebayHowever, you can have a look on other site, if the price is almost the same, that depends on you.
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 11:26 PM   #13
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Hello All,

I am looking to buy a used Mac Pro (2009) for home office. I am a software programmer so I will be using mostly for running app servers, web stuff etc. No designing or video editing.

I came across
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Mac-Pr...item3384d7e068

I wanted to know if you guys think this is a decent deal?

Thanks in advance.
I think I would pass on that. If you could verify that it is actually good, it would be a good price, but with the very sparse information posted, it seems almost like there is something to hide.
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Old Aug 30, 2013, 01:28 AM   #14
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Being a single CPU model it will come with a single CPU tray. You will not be able to add another CPU unless you buy a dual CPU tray which costs about $700 . I'd suggest looking for a model with a dual CPU.
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Old Aug 30, 2013, 05:31 PM   #15
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Considering OP's stated purpose, I think dual CPU adds to the expense for no gain whatsoever.
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Old Aug 30, 2013, 06:48 PM   #16
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Hey,
For a quad-core 2009 model, $750-ish is not a bad price for a baseline model.

The cheapest 8-core models were running just over a $1000.

I think when buying on ebay, you want a reputable seller, pictures of the actual model, and some idea that they will pack and ship it to you, in a manner that will guarantee it will work when it arrives.

Overall, the OWC computers aren't badly priced. And when you figure the memory they put in it should be good quality (as well as the SSD's), then they may actually be worth it.

For what you want to do a Mac Pro may be overkill, but they are beautiful to work with, and work on. You can stuff it full of RAM and run some virtual machines nicely, so you can't really go wrong.
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OWC has some Used Mac Pros on sale starting at $879 for this config. I'd buy from them before fleabay.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Apple...e=diglloyd-mpg
Wee, awesome. Didnīt know they were selling used MPīs there.
The warranty might be worth the few extra bucks they charge.
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Old Sep 6, 2013, 04:20 PM   #18
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I bought an Early 2008 Mac Pro
2 X 2.8GHz Quad core, 4GB RAM and 250GB Harddisk for $450 on ebay.

I thought it is good deal and grabbed it.

Just received the machine, couple of dents but can't complain. The machine looks cool

I will be creating few virtual machines for my development purposes but I think before that I need to grab extra RAM and HDD.

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What do you guys think about this RAM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/16GB-8X2GB-M...item43afecac75

Is it compatible with Mac?
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Old Sep 6, 2013, 04:36 PM   #19
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^^^It's too slow. 2008 MPs use 800 MHz Ram. RAM for the 2008 Mac Pro is more expensive than other MPs. My RAM supplier is:

http://www.datamemorysystems.com/app...mory-upgrades/

I've been a customer since 1986, and have never received a bad stick of RAM.

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Old Sep 6, 2013, 04:52 PM   #20
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What do you guys think about this RAM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/16GB-8X2GB-M...item43afecac75

Is it compatible with Mac?
Please note that only "Dual Rank" FB-DIMM modules are compatible with your MP3,1. You need to contact the seller to find out if they are dual rank, normally 2R as part of their serial number. Also note that in Lou's link to his supplier, the modules are only up to 4GB per DIMM at much higher price. That almost confirms that your eBay link is selling "Quad Rank" modules which are incompatible with MP. They are just too cheap to be dual rank, but I could be wrong.
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OWC has some Used Mac Pros on sale starting at $879 for this config. I'd buy from them before fleabay.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Apple...e=diglloyd-mpg
the 09 quads can be upgraded to 3.33 hex correct?
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the 09 quads can be upgraded to 3.33 hex correct?
Correct.

I just upgraded my 2009 Quad Core to a W3690 hexacore (at 3.46 Ghz) after doing the 2009->2010 EFI upgrade.

Works like a charm.
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the 09 quads can be upgraded to 3.33 hex correct?
Yep. You will also need to upgrade the firmware from 4.1 to 5.1 so you could use Westmere Processors and faster ram at 1333mhz
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im tempted but dunno if its worth it with no tb
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tb = Thunderbolt?

Is there something you really need Thunderbolt for? For me it would be nice to have, but since i don't need it, i bought a used MP 4.1 2.66 quad some weeks ago*...

*And then i couldn't resist upgrading it.
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