an impressive machine to last 3 to 5 years?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by richprice, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. richprice macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    Hello pro users, I wanted to get your input on this setup I am considering buying . I am going to use this primarily for hd video editing, large photo editing, running parallels and windows gaming. I want this system to last me a good 3 to 5 years and in my head this sounds pretty powerful just wanted to get your opinion.

    Refurbished Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon $2400.00
    16 gb of iram (4x4) $400.00
    4 1 tb Samsung Spinpoint drives $350.00
    Geforce Gtx 285 $500.00
    Refurb 24" led Apple Cinema Display $700.00
    Total Price as of July 7th $4350.00
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    oh yea thats going to last u a long time. im jelous.:p
    i have an imac thats coming up on 2 years and is great so a machine of that caliber will def. last that long.
  3. SolidGun macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2004
    Twin Cities
    I have a Powerbook G4 that I still use regularly. I upgrade every year, but I always find uses for old Mac stuff.

    That set up should last you 3 years easy. But that is considering that you don't want the latest items like some of addicts. My MacPro that I just added 3 weeks ago should outlive all other computers I have now, but I hope to upgrade it in 2 years.
  4. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    You can't use the Apple 24" LED with the GTX 285.
  5. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    You'll definitely be fine with that system, my PowerMac G5 Single 1.8Ghz is now 6 years old and is still great for light video editing and.
  6. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    Ditto this. To the OP: there is no adapter avialable to go from DVI out on your GTX285 to a mini displayport in on your 24" LED display. If you are set on using that card, you'll have to get a DVI monitor. Or, if you are set on using the 24" LED, you'll have to get either the Nvidia GT120 or the ATI 4870 card.
  7. richprice thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    Thanks for the heads up on the cinema display. I must say thats a disappointment.
  8. iTris666 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    You might want to check out the HP 2475w, I use it with my penryn Mac pro.

    Pros :
    - Good S-IPS panel ( not a crappy TN, as most today's displays )
    - Everything you might need as input : 2x DVI, Display Port, HDMI, Composite and component.
    - PIP on composite and component input. Handy for video cameras.

    Cons :
    - Bulky.
    - Not ugly but not as good looking as an Apple product.

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