Buying a Stripped Down Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by 15aax, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. 15aax macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2010

    First time poster, be nice to me.

    I've decided to get a mac pro. My 24" iMac is showing it's age and I'm looking for more ports, want to add an eSATA card, stuff like that.

    Here's the thing. I have some internal hard drives and a nice firewire external DVD burner. Plus a friend just said he'd sell me a nice GPU and some RAM super cheap cause he owes me a favor.

    I have a budget so I've been looking around at fairly-new used machines and I even considered building a hackintosh but i think that's not quite my speed.

    What I want to know is: Is there any way I could buy a Mac Pro with no GPU, no HDs, no RAM and no optical drive and save a few bucks?

    It seems silly to pay for a bunch of parts that I won't be using. I know I could just try to sell them later but it seems like a hassle. I also don't know, if i could get a "bare" machine, if it would be any cheaper.

    I was thinking, maybe there were Mac service techs who would sell a stripped down Mac Pro.

    I don't know. I've been searching around the internets for a while and havn't found anything yet. I figured this was a good place to ask.

  2. SmilesLots macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2010
    SW Virginia
    If you look around, such a beast may be available, just not plentiful. As to the graphics card, be sure it is Mac compatible. If it comes from a pc, the firmware will likely have to be reconfigured for a Mac, or whatever "they" do here for such things. Lots of threads on that. Not much on empty Pros to my knowledge.
  3. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    I'm in the market for a Pro too (also moving from an aging 24" iMac). From my understanding, you can only use specific graphics cards on the Pro. You may be able to pick up a spares/repairs from eBay and pt your HDD and such in there.

    Alternatively, just buy a second hand model. I looked at some 08 models and they were fairly reasonable.

    I'm sure a Pro owner will be able to respond and shed some light of the GFX card. Oh, and welcome to MacRumors! :D

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