1st Gen. Mac Pro VS New Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rumrunner, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. rumrunner macrumors newbie

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    May 8, 2007
    #1
    Hello all,

    I am considering upgrading from a 1st Gen. Mac Pro 2.66 to a new Mac Pro, but I am really torn between the models and whether or not this upgrade is going to be worth it. Depending on the day, I do video / web / graphics work, with both Adobe and Apple software products and I enjoy gaming (WOW, FPS, RGPs, etc.) when time allows.

    Current Setup
    2 X 2.66 GHz Dual-Core
    6GB RAM
    1.5TBs of HDD
    ATI 3870
    1 X 16x Superdrive
    1 X 20x LG "superdrive"
    AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Card with 802.11n

    Option 1 $3702 CAN (ED Price)
    One 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    6GB (3x2GB) (I know it is cheaper at OWC but not for Canadians [when you consider currency conversion, shipping and duties).
    640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    One 18x SuperDrive
    AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Card with 802.11n

    Option 2 $3667 CAN (ED price)
    # Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    # 6GB (6x1GB)
    640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    One 18x SuperDrive
    AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Card with 802.11n

    I think I can sell my current Mac Pro for ~$2000 CAN, which would make the current upgrade ~$1700. So, what do you think...is it worth the upgrade and if so, which model (I usually hang on to a machine for 2-3 years). I look forward to hearing your thoughts...
     
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601

    Umbongo

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    #2
    Option 1 would be my choice and it will give you a significant performance increase.
     
  3. waiwai macrumors regular

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    I second that.

    The i7 is a beast... and that 4870 will ROAST the 3870 u have now... definately worth the upgrade if ur into gaming.
     
  4. rumrunner thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input! So you don't think that 8 cores trumps 4 cores even at the fewer Ghz?
     
  5. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    if i were you id take out some of the ram on the old mac pro and put it in the new one.
     

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