best place to purchase a used mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by alexstjo, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. alexstjo macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2009
    anyone know where i can get a good used machine? someone that doesn't rip you off??
  2. jondunford macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2013
    Going for a poo Moderator
    i would buy a case and some compatible components and build your own
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Craigslist, you have a better shot at seeing and using it before buying it.
  4. alexstjo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2009
    i found 4 core - 2.66 GHZ INTEL XEON - 10.8 os , macpro 4,1
    for $799. Is that a good price?
  5. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    i got an 8-core 2.26 for that price a few months ago. i'd keep looking.

    I'd also MAKE SURE it's a 4,1. not everyone is honest about these things.
  6. alexstjo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2009
    How do i do that? look at the system stats?
  7. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    I paid 400 for the same machine.. no...
  8. raw911 macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2003
    I'm bout to place my 2.66 8 core 4.1 on eBay today. PM me if interested. I have pics and specs of upgrades included
  9. riggles macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2013
    I wouldn't normally suggest eBay, since you'd have to really trust the seller, but I got the 5,1 12-core in my signature on eBay a month or so ago and it worked out well. Over 2 years of AppleCare warranty left on it (which I verified before purchasing), with 512GB SSD and 24GB RAM, for $3,300.
  10. alexstjo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2009
    where? ebay?
  11. carrerascott macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2009
    I may sell my Quad 5,1 with 32MB RAM, Applecare thru June 2015. Of course can't sell till I get my nMP.

    3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    32 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB
    1TB hd
  12. carylee2002 macrumors member


    Jul 27, 2008
    I'd keep your 5,1 and upgrade the CPU to 6 core and forget about getting the trashcan MP.
  13. wildmac macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2003
    Yes, the nMP is so terrible... :rolleyes:

    Really can't understand this attitude unless you have a massive investment in legacy hardware.


    The challenge of course, with any of these is:

    1) You are locking yourself into older connection standards (USB2, Firewire, SATA, etc), and you are getting older slower MB tech (especially the memory bus)
    2) Most of these systems are stripped, so you would still need to buy memory, drives, and video cards.

    While it is true that you can get a good system for a lot less, you are NOT getting the horsepower of the new systems. One of the older ones might be good enough, but, in most cases, you are buying a system that is already 3 years old.. and will only get older.

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