ATI 4870 video card upgrade will actually cost me $500.00

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mcgowan7, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. mcgowan7 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Hi All,

    Just venting.... comments or curse outs welcome :)

    So I'm pricing out the mac pro I'm finally gonna buy. Base model 4 core version. 2499.00. (everyone is dogging the 4 core.. but its perfect for me. I'm just a power user who does a little bit of everything)
    BUT, I want to upgrade the video card. I mean if I'm spending this much money, I might as well spend another 200.00 and get the best video card for whatever the future may hold, even though I'm not planning to dual boot into windows for gaming. There's snow leopard and all that jazz...

    So I started looking around at where to buy the machine.
    IF I buy it at another retailer I can save $200.00 on tax, and another $100 or so in discounts and rebates! Sure, why the heck not right?? I waited this long, I can wait a week for shipping...
    BUT, then I can't upgrade the video card, That I gotta get from apple.. but it costs me much MORE that I initially thought.

    ** 4 core STOCK Mac Pro with gt120 video **
    Macmall: $2388.00 [ 2488.00 (-100 mail in rebate), no tax, no shipping ]
    Amazon: $2468.00 [ no tax no shipping ]

    ** 4 core Mac Pro with Radeon 4870 video **
    Apple Store: $2894.68 [ $2499.00 + $200.00 video upgrade + $195.68 tax ]

    SO.. in summary, the friken video card upgrade has a real world cost of $506.68
    And I'm here to say that stinks.. while I thought the upgrade was worth 200.00, I seriously do NOT think it is worth five hundred!

    Is anyone else feeling my pain??
  2. KevinPlusPlus macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2007
    You could buy the Mac Pro from a 3rd party and buy the 4870 separately either from Apple or a 3rd party. You would end up with 2 graphics cards, which you may not need, but could save $150. Then you could sell the GT 120 if you want, or keep it around to run 3-4 monitors.
  3. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Buy the stock machine from Macmail, then buy the 4870 kit from Apple. Sell the GT 120 and job done.
  4. mcgowan7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Well, the 4870 upgrade kit is 350.00.
    Not bad, I can do it later down the road.

    How is the ATI 3870 on sale at compared to the GT 120?
    Maybe I can make due with that card if its a pretty good upgrade.

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