Can you please help me price out my '09 MacPro

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  1. macuser2323 macrumors newbie

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    I'm saving up for the new rMBP and I need to sell my current MacPro 2009.
    These specs are pretty decent, so i'm a little torn on how much i should price this out for, realistically.

    Specs are as follows:
    8-core: Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors
    32 GB 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    7 TB HDD (3x2TB) 1TB Black (OS)
    I may also buy a SSD for the OS if i'm feeling inclined.
    Mavericks as well.
    I have photoshop CS 6 installed, Premiere Pro. Office 2011. iLife 2011.
     
  2. echoout macrumors 6502a

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    Man, that's the one everyone wants, to upgrade the processors. It's so easy to make it faster than the new ones. I just bought one like yours for $800 but people are pretty commonly getting over $1200. For your average person buying it to upgrade, the GPU and maybe RAM won't be of any use to them. If it were me (and I wasn't keeping it ;) ) I would not invest anything into it and just sell it as is. Keep in mind that unlicensed Adobe apps aren't very useful for many users as well.
     
  3. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    Hit me up when you decide to sell. I'm interested in another for network rendering. I agree with the above poster, just sell it as is.

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    That's a pretty good price for an 09 octo. Mind mentioning how/where you got it?

    CL/Ebay is my wild guess.
     
  4. echoout macrumors 6502a

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    It was funny. A guy on CL in San Antonio though he had 2 2009 Mac Pros, one decked out and the other stripped down. He was asking $800 for the one and $1200 for the other. I was trying to convince him that the decked out one was a 2008 but he wasn't having it. When I got down there I showed him how to look up the serials and he then offered it to me for $300. Anyway, I was lucky in that it looked really rough on the outside but untouched inside. I think the scratches on the door alone kept the price down.
     
  5. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    Nice! I had a similar experience as I was able to buy a loaded 09' 2.6, 10GB Ram, 1x640GB, 2x 2TB, and a 5770 for $540. There were some scratches on the left side, but internals were mint.
     
  6. echoout macrumors 6502a

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    Woooow. That's awesome.

    It seems like the jig is up though. 2009s seem to have vanished in just the last few weeks. So weird.
     
  7. macuser2323 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You guys are making me feel better and better about me selling this rig quickly. Just so i can have an idea, you mentioned people were upgrading this unit to be 'faster than the new ones'. What is the cost of that? and anything that would hold the unit back, like usb3.0? or you mean upgrading the Motherboard and CPU?
    I'll toss mine up on ebay here in a day or so. I'd be happy to get $1200 from it.
     
  8. echoout macrumors 6502a

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    You could spend $400-$800 and get some results comparable or better than some of the new ones. The only thing you CAN'T get is Thunderbolt, and as a long-time Thunderbolt user, I'm going to give that a big "who cares?".
     
  9. geomiga macrumors newbie

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    What specifically is making the 2009 MP's so desirable in the used market?
     
  10. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    The fact that you can flash them to a 5,1 to take advantage of hexacore chips. The best bargain for a hexacore.
     
  11. Phildo macrumors member

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    They do anything, except for Thunderbolt.

    - can fit two optical drives.
    - can fit up to four 3.5" hard drives/SSDs.
    - PCIe slots.

    And, the big one... being able to swap the processors for faster ones. With a single processor Mac Pro, replacing the standard processor with a 3.33GHz six core W3680 is the way to go. With a dual processor, there are various other options.

    That brings it up to current performance for not a lot of money.

    Have a look through this thread.
     
  12. Luba macrumors 6502a

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    Why not replace it with the 3.46Ghz hexacore W3690? Runs too hot?

    Everybody seems to be replacing it with the W3680 instead of the 3690.



     
  13. Phildo macrumors member

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    The W3680 has the best performance to cost ratio. The W3690 costs a fair bit extra for only a minor performance difference.

    However, now that the W3680 is going to be harder to find, the W3690 might be more regularly pursued.
     
  14. chris.k macrumors member

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    W3690 has the same TDP as the W3680. I use one myself, runs cooler than the Bloomfield W35xx. Don't think anyone will see any difference in heat between the W3680 vs W3690 in regular use.
     

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