"Cheap" Mac Pro? ($1500)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by upsguy27, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking to get a mac pro, but I don't have more than around $1500 to spend. I'm fine with the cheapest Mac Pro. How low can you go with them? And where can I find one for around that price? The cheapest one on eBay is $1900.
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    If you can find two of them let me know I have watched just about every auction on Ebay for the last 6-8 months looking for one and that $1900 you see is the lowest I have ever seen one go for if my memory serves me well.
     
  3. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that's all I've seen too. Does ANYBODY know where we can find a $1500 Mac Pro?
     
  4. highjumppudding macrumors 6502

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    craigslist, but beware. maybe purchase with a finance option from a retailer (look around for offers).
     
  5. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just looked on craigslist for my area, most of them sell for about $1700. I sent an email to a few people, offering them $1550, but I'm not sure if they'll go for it.
     
  6. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    Some nut was selling one local to me for $1000 on Craigslist, I emailed him right off to buy it and he replied he was out of town until Saturday afternoon. I emailed him again Saturday morning and he said he had sold it to someone else.

    The nerve! I wanted to flip it for $2K... (2.66x4 w/10GB RAM and 2x500GB Drives)
     
  7. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Probably fake. :)
     
  8. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    how about a quad G5? I bet you can get one with a good PCI express card for that kind dough.

    Or do you need intel?
     
  9. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    G5s are way slower than Intel. :)
     
  10. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

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    I would be patient for a legitimate deal on ebay or craigslist.
     
  11. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    so the megahertz myth was not a myth?
     
  12. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    I'll almost certainly take some flak for suggesting it, but have you considered building or buying a Hackintosh? I'm sure something like the Psystar OpenPro would be comparable to the single-processor base Mac Pro, and for substantially less coin...

    If cost is a major issue, it might be worth pursuing?
     
  13. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    Whoever is looking for a mac pro that cheap is in luck..

    my friend just sold me 5 of his mac pros that he had for his home music studio because he was about to lose his house and sold them to me for a mortgage payment.

    I'd sell the mac pros for around 1500 depending on where you live since there's no way i need that many computers with that much power.

    PM me if interested.
     
  14. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You don't have PMs set up...
     
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  16. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    scammer? no no.

    since i got these mac pros they're my first macs ever
    and now i'm just barely getting into the whole apple thing.
    been into PC's.

    so if you look at this forum and also the apple insider forums i'm just new there also


    and i don't know how to set up PMs in this forum. how do you?
     
  17. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    just go into the User CP (top left link at tje top of this page) and set it to enable in the options in the lefthand column.
     
  18. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    yup looked in the faqs and read that i need 5 posts before i can enable pm's
     
  19. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You can find base config 2.66GHz systems on ebay from time to time for $1500, you just have to be patient.
     
  20. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

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    Checked Amazon Marketplace?

    FWIW, I got my Mac Pro (first gen., 2.66x4 cores) for $2000 a year and a half ago from the Marketplace - looks like it was 'open box' which, when I did the warranty check, meant 3 months old - but Apple gave me a new date of sale for the warranty (and then I bought an eBay AppleCare).

    Worth a shot.
     
  21. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    the amazon marketplace has them for $2400 right now.
     
  22. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    When I was looking to purchase my MP, I originally wanted a used 2.0x4 or 2.66x4, since I needed the RAM, storage, and card expandability more than the processors.

    After looking around, I realized that the used prices were not justified in my opinion. I began to look at the 2.8x4 refurbs, but ended up getting the 2.8x8 refurb because the price difference was very small. The 8-cores allowed me to take much more advantage of virtualization, and now I could not be happier.

    I would assume there will be a flood of used 2.66 MPs after the next update, for those who choose to skip a generation between updates.
     
  23. DMPod macrumors newbie

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    Hello forum! I am new here.

    I was searching Google with the query "cheap mac pro" and stumbled across this thread. I read that a user that posted had several Mac Pros that they would be willing to sell. I hastily joined, as my attempts to find a Mac Pro have been less than... productive.. until this point.

    Why would I like to have one, you ask?

    Long story short.. I bought a computer (not Apple) for $5400. It doesn't work, and the company will not give me my money back. So... I figured this time around.. I'd go with Apple. But since I'm already out that much money, I really don't have a whole lot of cash to work with...

    Advice?
     
  24. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    Was it a ALien Ware?
     
  25. DMPod macrumors newbie

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    Yes. The brand new m17x.

    I had always wanted one, but.. now.. heh. It kind of shot down all my dreams, you know? I spent years pining over one.. and now.. here I have one.. that can only be used as a paperweight.

    And they refuse to do anything about it.
     

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