MacPro on the cheap

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Mookamoo, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. Mookamoo macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Just ordered a new(ish) MacPro. Shopped around and did this rather than get Apple parts

    2.66GHz refurb from the Apple Store - £1499 (Saving £200)
    2GB RAM kit from Crucial - £300 (Saving £200ish - hard to tell as you can't get 2x1GB sticks from the Apple store)
    250 GB Hard disk from Kompact - £60 (Saving £210)
    20" Monitor of eBay for £320 (Saving £200) to go with a 23" I already had

    That saves over £800 - I recommend it to anyone who is on a budget. RAM and Hard disk were installed in 5 mins. If you can get past the whole 'refurb' and second hand issue - its worth a think!

    Runs Photoshop/Illustrator/inDesign/Quark6 fine.

    Its the nuts.
  2. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Nice one. It's worth doing, Apple charges quite a lot for upgrades (Especially, IMO, RAM) but its worth paying the extra if you aint got the nads to upgrade yourself. However, in the MacPro is easy, so everyones a winner.

    Nice one man
  3. Diskdoctor macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2006
    yes I must agree with you I maxed out my mac pro with 16 gb of ram and save well ove 2500 dollors
    i also maxed out my hard drives too 4 750 gb seagate only 350 dollor each

    I also get 2 21" wide screen ViewSonic monitors for just under 600 dollor from Best Buy in the sale

    But best of all I got A set of logitech z5500 speeker for 330 dollor from Best Buy because they price matched stapils

    so It pays to shop around..
    Nice one
  4. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Hah! I ordered a refurbished Mac Pro last week!

    Dual 2.66GHz Dual-Cores
    250GB Hard Drive
    Standard Graphics card 256MB
    1 SuperDrive

    Paid $2,199
    Saving $299
    Pretty sweet deal!

    I also heard that refurbished machines are better than new machines because you're almost guaranteed to get a working machine because Apple has already looked at it and made sure it is working before they sell it. However, with a new machine, there's a possibility to get a faulty or completely dead computer on delivery and have to send it back and get and wait for Apple to fix it and by then you would have a refurbished machine for full price (plus the hassle of sending it back). I can't prove this theory though because I still have yet to receive mine. I'll let you know when it gets here (says it should be here tomorrow).... we'll see.
  5. Mookamoo thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    This is my 3rd refurb/demo

    Before the MacPro I bought a Powerbook 17" and it is as good as new and before that a G4 450mhz which still works just fine.

    I know people like to have a new shiny computer and think refurbs is the same as wearing someones elses unwanted underwear, but its the way to go for me.
  6. rd001 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2006
    I ordered a stock refurb Mac Pro 2.66 today. I should have it in a week. I'll try to drop by here and report on my purchase. Who knows, maybe AppleSanta will drop an extra gig of RAM in it.
  7. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Sweet! That's the same one I got. Mine's been running perfect since I got it. Good luck man! Apple refurbs should be perfect because they've been tested and fixed up. It's better than buying new... in my opinion!
  8. bokdol macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    not true i got a refurbed g5 and had to get the mobo replaced 5 days later.
    but it does have apple care. but it also took almost a month to replace it.
    i would still buy refurb though.
  9. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    :eek: {jaw hits the table} 16gb of RAM?!! :-O

    Back on topic, the refurb prices sure are great and getting the memory and hard drives from elsewhere is definitely the way to go. If I couldn't have gotten the Higher Education discount I would have been sorely tempted with the Refurbs!!

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