3.2 Ghz. Mac Pro worth it???

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BluePAZ, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. BluePAZ macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking of buying a new mac pro and I'm wondering if upgrading to the 3.2 Ghz. processor is worth it.
     
  2. Luis macrumors 65816

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    If you need the power, then it sure is.

    Although probably you would be better off saving the money in the processor upgrade and putting it towards RAM instead.
     
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Depends on how much you value your time and how much time you spend held up by processing. For the vast majority it isn't worth it.
     
  4. JDR macrumors regular

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    Depends what you'll be using it for. Are you just going to be doing light-duty stuff or constantly running demanding programs?

    edit: Wow, I posted simultaneously with Umbongo, and we both used "Depends"...lol.
     
  5. darthraige macrumors 68000

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    What do you plan on doing with it? Digital Video Editing? Compressions?
     
  6. BluePAZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'd be using it for mainly logic studio, along with the common tasks of mail, ichat, safari, itunes, etc.
     
  7. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    I'd say you'd be better off saving the $1600 and going with the 2.8GHz. The performance increase isn't that significant to warrant the high price. (you could buy a mid range macbook with the extra money instead).
     
  8. darthraige macrumors 68000

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    Or 16GB or RAM for that matter. lol
     
  9. MacRoom macrumors member

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    Time Saved Is Time Earned

    Barefeats' Rob points out the 3.2 will have a much higher resale value. I'm getting the 3.2 with 32GB of RAM and four 1TB HDs in a Raid 5 because I want maximum performance. I can't put a price on that any more. But the 2.8 is still very fast.

    Look at Barefeats comparisons to help you decide. They have the 3.2 and a 2.8 comparison across a wide variety of applications and games.
     
  10. itou macrumors regular

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    wow! must be very expensive machine. more power is always good, and even though it's more expensive, i agree the resale value will be higher. not sure about the initial investment though.
     
  11. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816

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    The question is how much higher is the resale value.
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe, maybe not.

    If the machine actually makes you money and time saved really is money made, then it's certainly worth the money.

    If it's more of a personal machine rather than business, then probably not.

    ...unless of course you just have money coming out of your ears, in which case why the hell not.
     
  13. eyecool macrumors regular

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    Your new mac hasn't even arrived and you already have an exit strategy?! What's up with that? LOL
     
  14. ErikAndre macrumors 6502a

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    Sure, but if you add it up, your really not going to get the $1600 back in resale vs what you would get from the 2.8 or 3.0.
     

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