Can I buy Mac Pro without a video card?

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  1. brian6611 macrumors newbie

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    From what I've read on here and elsewhere, the ATI 3870 is the best value card for the current Mac Pro. As it isn't a BTO option, can we order the machine by phone without any video card? I don't know what I would do with the ATI 2600 that comes with it if I bought a 3870 right away. I don't like hawking things on ebay if I can avoid it.

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Not through Apple. The only way to get one without a vid card would be used. Keep in mind, you can always sell the stock card if you don't want it.
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You would KEEP the HD 2600 if you replaced it with the 3870, because if you ever have a problem and need to reinstall from the OS disks, you will need to put the HD 2600 back in because there are no drivers for the 3870 in OS X by default and you would not be able to boot.

    Why not just use them both, anyway?
     
  4. brian6611 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies

    That is a good point about being able to reinstall OS X. Hopefully Snow Leopard will solve that issue.

    If I'm only using one 30-inch monitor, is there any advantage to the 2600 being left in the machine? I'm thinking it will just draw power needlessly.
     
  5. nos macrumors member

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    You could start in target mode, provided you have another mac at hand.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Annoying but it is a workaround. You might be better off imaging then.
     
  7. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Speaking as one who recently had a mac-less three weeks due to a broken vid card - keep it for emergencies!.

    I purchased one for my Mac so that I have a spare in future. (I always have PC cards around, but none that the mac likes due to the EFI).
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Nothing wrong with keeping the old card for that 3rd/4th display -- or as a spare.
     
  9. ekwipt macrumors 6502a

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    Is there any programs that you could slipstream the new ATI drivers into the install disk similar to nlite for windows, it would be a great idea....
    http://www.nliteos.com/
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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