Computer shopping (IE. Mac Pro.)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cory.williams, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. cory.williams macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2011
    I am about to get a Mac Pro for editing and what not, I am definitely buying used. I was wondering what you guys
    think I should be aiming for? I am looking for a quad core at least,
    I'd like a 8 core but I don't know that I really can use all 8 cores
    with FC7, I have been reading that the 3.33GHz 6 core does better than
    a 2.4/2.6 8 core and I was just curious if I even need anything that
    strong. I'd like to get something where I dont have to worry about
    buying a new machine for awhile. My budget right now is around $3,000-3,500 I'd like to spend less if I can but if its something that is truly going to kill whatever I do, I don't mind spending the extra money.

    As far as what im editing, its mainly just HD footage however I feel like I am going to need to do aftereffects work to step my editing game up as it's probably my weakest point. I have been looking at the refurbs on apples site and I am torn from the 2.4 ghz 8core and the 2.93 ghz 8 core. The difference is about 700 dollars and while I want to have something that I don't have to worry about for awhile I don't know that if that I will notice the difference between the two and if its even worth it for the 700 bucks. Anyways Let me know what you guys think! Thanks in advanced.
  2. philipma1957, Sep 13, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I would suggest the base quad 2.8 and do the cpu upgrade to the hex 3.33 lots of forum member have followed my thread and boosted the quad 60 % in speed

    here is the link to the upgrade thread

    quad mac pro link

    link for hex cpu a major company with a 3 year warranty

    link for 8gb ram sticks use code sizzle for 15 bucks off


    mac pro 2119
    cpu 617
    24gb ram 270

    total 3006

    this machine is more then enough for a few years

    note you have a spare quad 2.8 and spare oem ram so you could do this under 3k one more note when I did this the hex 3.2 was 600 and the hex 3.33 was 1000 the hex 3.33 dropped to 617 so you can build your machine cheaper then i did with a better cpu!
  3. highdefw macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2009

    Do this ^^^
  4. cory.williams thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2011
    cool this sounds like what I might do. My next question is that does this ruin any warranty? if so theres a macstore where im from thats selling the used computers for what seems cheaper plus more ram.
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    well the warranty question.

    the upgrade can go back to stock if you hold on to the quad 2.8 cpu. if you look at the photos no one would be able to tell a hex was in there.
    many people have voiced opinions about this upgrade killing the warranty. the answer is not clear-cut in the usa.
    always if you break the gear doing the update you are not covered.
    I am not a lawyer and I buy ten thousand plus a year from the apple website so my treatment may be better from apple then other buyers. but i would guess that putting in the hex 3.33 since it is the same part that apple uses would not void warranty.
  6. blunti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    if you want to do editing, might as well just hang on until the new MP's arrive. Especially if you want to edit hd (not sure, you have not mentioned this), TB will be definitely nice to have...

  7. cory.williams thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2011
    My next question is, would i be able to do what you did with the 3.2? do you happen to have a link to that? I am pretty sure I am going to do this but I also wanna see if i can save a little bit more money.
  8. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010

    The warranty thing is a debate in itself. Some swear it is OK. Every time I talk to an Apple rep they say you will not be able to get Applecare service if the techs notice the strange processor. I would at least keep the original proc in case you need to take it in.
  9. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You can read the warranty for your self.

    AppleCare people may tell you one thing or another and contradict themselves.

    I cannot find anything in the warranty text that indicates the warranty would be void by simply upgrading parts. The closest I can find is this paragraph:

    But even that paragraph states that the damage has to be "caused by" the CPU upgrade.

    This is all philosophical though, I bet the AppleCare guy could in fact claim the warranty was voided and you'd have to be prepared to fight for it.

    Personally I won't upgrade my CPU until AppleCare has ended.

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