2007 Mac Pro advice

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Pieter Claessen, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. Pieter Claessen macrumors newbie

    Pieter Claessen

    Nov 13, 2011
    Hi there,

    I'm currently on a MBP 2011 with 128 ssd and 8gb of ram. I'm editing 4K footage of my Lumix GH4. On the Macbook it's not going so fast and I can't use Da Vinci Resolve for color grading.
    So I've found a second hand Mac Pro from 2007 with these specs:

    Mac Pro 2,1 Quadcore Intel Xeon 2 x 3 Ghz
    12 GB Ram 667Mhz DDR-2,
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB Videocard
    256 GB Solid State Drive (system)
    3 x 1TB HD. (storage)
    Optical Drive.

    The price is € 875 ($ 1.075).

    My question is, is this worth buying?
    Will this Mac Pro handel the 4K better than my MBP?
    Currently it has Snow Leopard on it, but I'm looking to get Mavericks on it so I can use Final Cut Pro X.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. GameFreak348 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2014
    Its way too overpriced, Mac Pro 4.1 sell for that price
  3. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2013
    DMV Area

    That price is insane. You're better off getting a Dual Processor 4,1 or 5,1 Mac Pro if you're doing serious 4K work.
  4. apphotography macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2014
    Prices for used Mac Pros are higher in Europe. The price he has quoted is pretty much standard with those upgrades.

    You should pay a little more money and buy a dual processor 4,1. This has a better upgrade path later on.
  5. Synchro3, Dec 7, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2014

    Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    I guess a single Hex-Core would fit also if you install a good graphics card. Buy a Mac Pro 4,1, upgrade it to firmware 5,1 and install a Hex-Core CPU (Intel Xeon W3690 or X5690). On Ebay are many Intel Xeon CPU's for sale.

    For CUDA/Da Vinci Resolve you need a Nvidia card: http://www.evga.com/articles/00730/ or here: http://www.macvidcards.com/index.html

    Don't buy the Mac Pro 2,1: Your Mac Book Pro 2011, if it has an i7 Quad Core, is faster than the Mac Pro 2,1.

    For Comparison: http://www.mactracker.ca
  6. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    X5680 is the best value CPU right now. You can get a pair for about the same price as a single X5690. Sellers are keeping the price of the latter artificially high because they know there is a demand for it,

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