Buy used or build hack

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ashman70, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

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    I am running in a Mac Pro 3,1 right now and it mostly does what I need, but I am beginning to play some games (Black Ops and Batman Arkham City) and its beginning to show its age. Now I could drop $400 or so on a 670 and drop it in and that would probably take care of my graphics slow downs, but I am also thinking ahead to the future. I currently have 16GB of RAM and sometimes it gets maxed out, I'd like to go up to 32GB but its prohibitively expensive for this model. I have been pricing out used 4,1's and 5,1's and could get a entry level 5,1 with 16GB on a trade in for my 3,1 for around $800 but then I'm still getting 'old' technology. Perhaps a better way to go would be to spend around $1300 and build a very fast hack. I know there are many opinions around the morals of building hacks, not really looking for those opinions. I also know I don't have to spend $1300 and could drop it down a few notches, this is with a 3770k and I know I'd be happy with a 2500k. I just figure if I am going to pour anymore money into this aging 3,1 I think I might rather put it towards a whole new system with USB 3, thunderbolt, SATA2 and SATA3 speeds.

    Just thinking out loud. Comments welcome.
     
  2. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

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    I'd never spend that kind of money on old technology at this point of the game... If you don't really need OSX, I'd build a custom desktop and run Windows.. Then, if you so desire, you can do a hackintosh as a side project... That way you have no expectation of it or necessity for it. You can build a hella stable amazing hackintosh, but the most successful results come from learning what you're doing, rather than using some whacky installer like Tonymac's stuff. It is a fair amount to learn, though it's never been easier, especially w/ Z77 boards.
     
  3. ashman70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll never go back to Windows so that is out of the question and I've been experimenting with and building hacks since before Tonymac was even around, so I have plenty of experience in that regard.
     
  4. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

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    Well, you're going to need a good graphics card either way, why don't you start with a good graphics card that's compatible with your mac pro? Then if you feel you're still lacking, proceed with the rest of your PC build...
     
  5. ashman70, Dec 16, 2012
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    ashman70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought about that too and may just get a 670 to start with and go from there.

    Thanks
     
  6. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502

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    Go 680 4GB.... :D
     
  7. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    670 on my 5,1 and love it. Windows gaming maxed out BF3 on 27" ACD. Do you have SSD yet?
     
  8. ashman70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes in fact I just upgraded my SSD from 128 to 256.
     
  9. Mindlessdrone macrumors newbie

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    I have to say I love my Hack a lot over my older Mac Pro.... Think about it and do your research but mine went together with minimal problems and it runs circles around my Mac Pro. I have a GTX-580 that does everything I need it to. I am in the same boat, as a lifelong IT guy I just really like OSX over Windows and dont want to go back.
     
  10. ashman70 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What are the components in your Hack? Who did you use as a guide? No issues with updates at all? Do you game in OSX?
     

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