buying Mac Pro 2009 broken Gpu

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  1. EirikStrand1996 macrumors newbie

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    How much should I give for an Mac Pro 2009 2.66ghz, 8GB Ram, and everything else is stock, except the gpu is Broken or not working
     
  2. ActionableMango, May 5, 2017
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    ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    In the US, based on a quick look at Ebay, a working single proc 4,1 go for about $400-$600. So a non working one should be much lower than that.

    Also I'd worry that the seller might be incorrect about what is wrong. Like maybe its really a dead logic board, but because there's no picture he thinks it's the GPU that is the problem.
     
  3. EirikStrand1996 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    most of the mac's on eBay has been rebuild'ed so the price should kinda ever lower I think
     
  4. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    For a fully functional base config 4,1. I will say no more than $400. If GPU is broken, then no more than $350.

    And I totally agree with AM, be careful if the description is wrong. The seller may not intentionally want to scam you, but just wrong diagnosis. So, for this kind of broken machine. I won't buy it (@$350) unless a return / refund can be guarantee. But if that's ridiculous cheap (e.g. $100), then I may buy it to try my luck.
     
  5. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    A computer with broken electronics? Where I live,you could find ********s of them in the electronics recycle container at the local garbage dump. If the original owner don't consider it worth repair,don't buy it.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Not worth the effort.

    You don't know what's actually broken.

    I was having boot problems during the last legs of my Mac Pro when it was still under AppleCare coverage. The Apple Store in it's to diagnose it replaced in order, (1) PSU, (2) GPU, (3) motherboard, (4) memory, (5) CPU daughter card, (6) both CPUs.... It turns out one of the CPUs failed and so they replaced both, so in the end of I joked they might as well give me a new chassis; and they did.

    The repair bills had I not had AppleCare would have been $5000+.
     
  7. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    No matter do you have Apple care, I don't think you will allow them to charge you all the components that not causing the issue / faulty. If end up the diagnosis is just one of the CPU's fault. Then all you need to pay is just the cost to replace that CPU. There is more than one member here (including me) took the cMP back to Apple without Apple care. They effectively replace everything during diagnosis, but only charge the parts that really cause the problem. For me, they replace the Logic board, PSU, CPU, RAM, and end up a new CPU tray fix the issue. So they only charge me $300 for the CPU tray. During the check, they cleaned my cMP inside out, and give me extra 3 months Apple care after repairs (Apple standard). The also told me that my 4870 shows partially faulty, but they also advice me that no need to repair this item. Go to computer store and get a PC GPU is a better choice. So, end up I paid nothing for the GPU, and of course, they didn't replace that for me.

    So, I don't think anyone really need to pay $5000. If diagnosis result shows that all those components are faulty, I don't think anyone will accept the repair list. As long as we do not grant them to repair. We can always take the cMP back with zero cost (checking is free). And just use the money to go to buy a new one.
     
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    That is hilarious.

    I'm guessing, based on your experience, that you will always buy AppleCare now. ;)
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    That's interesting because on my repair order they listed everything they replaced including the chassis, and of course everything was itemized with prices, but the total due was zero due. I guess it's different for if the customer is paying or if you're under warranty. Kind of like different prices some hospital charges if you have insurance or if you don't.

    Well, if the Mac Pro broke a month after the AppleCare expired, I would have been SOL; the weird part is it was basically my last month of coverage. I have an iMac, two Thunderbolt displays, and a two MacBook Pro laptops all had AppleCare and none of them have ever been in service even after four-five years now. So for me it's really of the peace of mind rather than anything else.
     

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