1st Gen Mac Pro or iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kvasir, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. kvasir macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    There is a gentlemen offering a Mac Pro 2.66 (Dual Dual Core), 2gb RAM, 250, 500 gb Hard disks, ATI Radeon X1900 graphics, Dell 24" monitor and Klipsch Pro Audio 5.1 speakers for $1,000. I've been looking at the 20" and 24 inch previous gen iMacs. Either one sounds good, but I have a few questions:

    1. I am using this for some light video editing, storing and editing pictures, web surfing, ect. Nothing heavy, just something more powerful than my current Air.

    2. I've seen conflicting reports that the 1st Gen Mac Pro's processors can be swapped. I see that the processors are around $500 each. Is it possible though?

    3. In terms of raw speed, which one would be better? The iMacs are the 2.66 and 2.8 ghz models.

    I like the upgradability of the Mac Pro, but the age concerns me. The iMac is my top choice at the moment, but for $1,000, what would you do?
  2. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    I would get the mac pro! It can easily be upgraded in the future, and its faster! Think about it, would you rather get a pro machine, or a consumer machine? I would go for the mac pro any day, and you also get a 24" monitor and speakers! Awesome deal! :D
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    mac pro! That's a stunningly good deal. $1000 for just the MP would be great, but with the monitor and speakers??? Buy it before this guy comes to his senses.

    The imac is a great option as well; don't get me wrong. I have a 20" 2.66 previous gen imac (radeon 2600) and it's probably the best mac I've ever owned. But the mac pro is far faster, can be upgraded to an nvidea 8800 if you want, and can hold a lot more RAM and HD space in the future.

    In short, mac pro. (unless it's a scam, which at that price, I'm thinking it might be)
  4. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    Good Deal

    I would agree a MP and items listed for $1100 is a great deal.
  5. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    IMO, simplymuzik3 said it quite well. If the deal is real I would go for it. Also, try to see it all running if it is for sale locally and take any steps you can to protect yourself.

    When it comes time for me to replace my old PowerMac I may buy an iMac or Mini because I just don't need the horsepower anymore. However, if I go that route I know I will badly miss the expansion. Power Macs and Mac Pros have a lot expansion capability. Mac Pros can have four hard drives, Heck, even my old Dual 2.7 G5 Power Mac can shoe horn two more drives for a total of four and there are also open slots for just about any card you could ever need. Those are things that iMacs and Minis are not able to do.

    Have fun!
  6. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Definitely Mac Pro. The HDD bays will mitigate any storage issues you will encounter during video editing.
  7. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    For the price, definately the mac pro! Get it while you can! [​IMG]
  8. nerdish macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2009
    Manchester, UK
  9. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    yeah, that price seems to good to be true. if it is a real deal, go for it!
  10. Nasty Roo macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    If your heart is really set on the iMac, I would say buy the Mac Pro and flip it for a profit. Shouldn't be too hard to do considering how good of a deal people are saying it is.

    Might be a bit of work on your part, but you'd surely benefit from it.
  11. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Get the Mac Pro, jesus, that's an insane deal.

    The Mac Pro will be faster than the iMac because of the differences in architecture, iMac uses laptop parts, Mac Pro uses server/desktop parts.

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