2008 Mac Pro 3.2Ghz for $500 - Good Deal?

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  1. MacPoulet macrumors regular

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    I'm not too familiar with the 2008 Mac Pros, but I think the 3.2 was the high end. There's one in the uni surplus going for $500. Specs as follows:

    3.2Ghz
    8GB of ram
    500GB hard drive
    8800 GT video card

    The machine is in excellent shape and was housed in a department that likes its tech toys, so it's been babied.

    If this was a 2009 model, I'd be throwing money at them, but a 2008, not sure. I already have a 1,1 that I upgraded to two quad 2.6.

    Any thoughts? Should I get this one and sell the 1,1?
     
  2. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    Yes
     
  3. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

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    if you're ok with the 8gb ram, jump on it.

    buying more is pretty spendy on the 3,1 (and 1,1 for that matter).
     
  4. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    This has been discussed ad nauseum, if you are willing to buy dual rank non-apple ram it's reasonably cheap.
     
  5. MacPoulet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, my 1,1 only has 5GB, so it would be a bit of an upgrade. It has half the ram slots used up, so there's some room to grow.

    And I would definitely buy used ram from server pulls like I did with my 1,1.
     
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  7. seveej macrumors 6502a

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    Agree. And depending on your use and operating system, 8 GB might suffice. It does with me.

    RGDS,
     
  8. violst macrumors 6502

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    I concur. Its a great deal.
     
  9. DesertEagle macrumors 6502a

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    I'd absolutely go for it. It's a great deal!!
     
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  11. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    No! It's a terrible deal! Please don't buy this! Just give me the URL (for investigation purposes of course) and pass on it. :D
     
  12. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    I have a brand new model, and I'd buy for a second in a heartbeat.
     
  13. MacPoulet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ha ha. Unfortunately there's no URL until the sale starts on Friday. They wouldn't let me buy it today. Planning to be at the sale first thing in the morning. Too bad a friend shot-gunned the 23" ACD for $50.00.

    Seveej: 8GB should be okay for now. I'm shooting my web series this summer and want to cut it on the Mac Pro, which is why I got the 1,1 and upgraded it. By September, I'd probably double the memory or more.
     
  14. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    It's a great deal specially if it's Mint. This 2008 3.2ghz sells for around $1300 to $1400 in the current market. 8g of ram is adequate if you're not into heavy 3D work or video editing.
     
  15. MacPoulet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, someone beat me to it. Showed up first thing in the morning but by the time I got in, someone was already there, cradling it. Oh well.

    On the bright side, I didn't spend $500 that I don't really have and can put that toward my web series and adding ram to my 1,1 for the edit.
     
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