Price Advice 2008 8 Core Mac Pro 3,1

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  1. musycsmk macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys I have a quesiton about trading my iMac just bought on April 2012 (2011 27inch 2.7ghz i5 Core 1TB HD, 12GB of Ram Upgraded) for Mac Pro (2008 2.8 8 Core Xeon 16GB Ram, 2TB HD, ATI 5770 Upgraded). I do music mixing and recording on macs. You guys think personally that it's a good trade between them two? Need a reply ASAP~ PLEASE~
     
  2. TM(tm) macrumors newbie

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    Do you have a monitor already? Keep the cost of a monitor(s) is mind. If it were me however, I would make the change. For music production/engineering, the MP offers a lot of benefits as it sits now, plus is able to be upgraded, i.e. stay relevant longer than is capable with the iMac.

    Mac Pro now has:

    More cores,

    Faster clock speeds,

    More Ram,

    More HD space,

    Better Graphics Card.

    More upgrade options available.
     
  3. musycsmk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea I do have some DVI Monitors at home sitting for it to be used.
     
  4. TM(tm) macrumors newbie

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    If it were me, and it was a straight up trade, I would jump all over it. I would even be willing to add some for the MP.
     
  5. musycsmk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well my own opinion I thought since the ram was DDR2 800 on MP it would be slower than the iMAC DDR3 1333. Is it True?
     
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    musycsmk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How about 8 core 2.8ghz, 6GB ram, 320GB + 1.5TB (3 x 500GB sata drives enclosed), HD2600XT? you think it's a good trade? just a straight trade
     
  7. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    I personally wouldn't trade it. DDR2 FBDIMMs are expensive for one thing. That GPU isn't really that good and HDDs are cheap.

    The first one you posted is worth around $1000 with yours around $1500? I would at least trade for a 4,1 or 5,1 Mac Pro.
     
  8. musycsmk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How about the one on top?
     
  9. softwareguy256 macrumors regular

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    Do whatever option is cheaper. Unless you are making money from a record deal keep costs low. Two weeks after you get that new computer you will feel exactly like you do right now minus the money.
     
  10. jbg232 macrumors 65816

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    I personally would not trade it, the imac cpu is much faster than the mac pro and on craig's list you have more value in the imac. I would trade it if you need the expandability, but only then.
     
  11. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

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    Don't buy. Your iMac is a perfect machine.

    With this Mac Pro your RAM will always fail and it's very expensive. I have 5 dead sticks out of 8.
     
  12. musycsmk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    2008 8 Core Mac Pro 3,1

    Was thinking if 2008 3,1 8 Core Mac Pro, 4 GB of Ram, 320GB of HD, 256MB GPU for $1000.
    What do you guys think?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As a starting point, you can check Mac2Sell, eBay (including completed sales), or Amazon for prices of similar models, to get an idea of what's a fair price to pay. Then adjust the price to account for condition, configuration, remaining AppleCare coverage (if any), etc.
     
  14. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    One other thing to keep in mind is that the iMac has a warranty, and the MacPro is out of warranty. With AppleCare added that iMac is good for 3 years, guaranteed. If anything in the MacPro goes skruntch you can figure it's gonna set you back $1000. I've got a perfectly good 2008 MacPro... great machines... but it's now out of warranty and that worries me a bit.
     

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