2008 Mac Pro 8-Core for $2100 (brand new) - Good deal, or no?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by GodWhomIsMike, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I am about to pick up a 2008 mac pro 8-Core for $2100 (brand new) from an Apple certified reseller tomorrow. Is this a good deal or no?

    I work IT in academia, and soon will be working on my MS in Computer Science in the evening.

    It's the 2.83GHz 8-core 2008 model.

    Opinions? Pointers? I am trying to keep the costs as low as I can go, and also be able to get a 3-year Applecare warranty later.
     
  2. hcpilot macrumors newbie

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    Mac Pro 2.8 for $1,899

    If your local Apple store has them in stock just tell them your are a business, i.e, consultant and if they are in stock then their clearance price will be $1,899. I also got the applecare for the Mac Pro for 199.
     
  3. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I just tried most of the stores in my area, and they are all sold out.
     
  7. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

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    good deal :D i just got one here in australia for roughly the same price wise, currency conversion wise :D:D
     
  8. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My upgrade plan is to buy a Sapphire's 1GB 4870 video card (~185), $12 power cable from ATI, and "flash the card by installing FreeDOS on a FAT32 BootCamp partition and add atiflash.exe."

    Also pick up 2x4GB FB-DIMM memory for ~ $270.

    And finally, replace main drive with a 640GB WD Black Hard drive ~80. Use the 320GB drive as a data back-up.

    ~$550 in upgrades.

    Two 2.83 GHz Quad-Core Xeons
    1GB 4870 video card
    10GB FB-DIMM memory
    640GB Primary HD
    320GB Secondary HD
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    $2650
     
  9. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Careful! I also thought the Seagate Blacks were good - even great but there's some manufacturing troubles with them (something to do with bad firnware) and there's a samsung that is rating a little better for a little less cost. I think it's samsung anyway.. Check Tom's Hardware Drive Comparison data-base.
     
  10. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I turned it down. I thought about it this weekend, and to spend $2500 on a computer just isn't the most prudent thing I for me do at the moment.

    Saturday, I received an acceptance letter for the Computer Science Master's Program from my local college. That money is best put toward my Master Degree, which I would work on at night after work.
     

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