buy a used mac pro

El Awesome

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It's a 2007 model, that means it is pretty old by now.
It's still a pretty fast machine probably, but if you want to be a bit futureproof, then go with a 2009+ model. There you have more and better upgrade choices.
 

paulrbeers

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Dec 17, 2009
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It's a 2006 due to specs. It won't run mountain lion without a hack. Not exactly a beast in the power department anymore.

EDIT: Just for comparison. I just picked up a 2006 Mac Pro (virtually stock) for less than 400. This one has more RAM (can be bought on Ebay for about $100), a larger hard drive (maybe $100 more) and an Old 20" Apple Display (maybe $200?). At best I wouldn't pay more than $800 for this package....
 
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DPUser

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If the picture in the Ebay ad is the actual Mac being sold, it is not a 4,1. The processor tray is different.

I do concur that a 4,1 would be a better idea than older Macs, but 4,1's cost more, too. I just bought one myself, with the intention of flashing to a 5,1 (see Netkas) and upgrading the CPU to a 6 core 3.33 Westmere. Current Geekbench Score for my 4,1 (with the 4 core processor, lots of RAM and an SSD) is 8500+. Expected score with 6 core: just shy of 14,000.
 

karsten

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If the picture in the Ebay ad is the actual Mac being sold, it is not a 4,1. The processor tray is different.

I do concur that a 4,1 would be a better idea than older Macs, but 4,1's cost more, too. I just bought one myself, with the intention of flashing to a 5,1 (see Netkas) and upgrading the CPU to a 6 core 3.33 Westmere. Current Geekbench Score for my 4,1 (with the 4 core processor, lots of RAM and an SSD) is 8500+. Expected score with 6 core: just shy of 14,000.
i'm pretty sure that is a 2009. http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/how-to-install-mac-memory-965756?artc_pg=2