Core2Duo PC ---> MacPro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ggg05a, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. ggg05a, Feb 21, 2011
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    Hey all:

    So every year since 2003 I go to QuakeCon and compete in the case mod competition. Typically, every year I have placed top 5 with the past three years 2-2-3, respectively. Its always a lot of fun, and I usually win enough cash to break even on the computer. Ever since I dumped the PC laptop for a MacBook about 5 years ago now, I haven't really used the PC for much other than gaming, and due to law school, I don't have time for much of that anymore.

    This upcoming year I'm wanting to do a case mod with a MacPro. I have absolutely no interest in doing a hackintosh as the back end of the Pros tend to get butchered beyond repair. So, here is my thought, I've got about $1500, $1750 tops to spend on the MacPro its-self with another $1000 set aside for the mod, and another ~$750 set aside for more ram, graphics card, and SSD. I don't need some 12 core monster, but getting a dual 2.66 MP 1,1 doesn't seem too appealing either. My big hangup is I down want to feel a slow down from what I currently have -

    Current specs . . . .

    i7 920 @ 4.1Ghz
    HD 4890
    12 Gb DDR3
    2x WD Raptor X's in Raid 0.

    So I guess all that being said, what kinda MacPro could I get for $1500 - $1750 within the next 2-3 weeks?

    Thanks!

    Edit -->

    Worth it to spend the extra $250 to do the single Nehalem refurb. off the Apple store?
     
  2. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Do you have a Core i7 or a Core 2 Duo.

    I'd get a single CPU Nahelem refurb.
     
  3. ggg05a thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry an i7. That is embarassing. :( :eek:

    Why is it that the Nahelem refurb is on the Apple store (Apple prices) for $2k, but they don't go on ebay south of $2k.

    Any ideas?
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    They probably have more RAM and HDDs added, which costs a good bit of money
     
  5. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Not only that but it's also due to people loading up their machines to the brim with pirated software suites worth thousands and dumb people not knowing the value of things.
     
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    The refurbished store is unknown to many and it is often lacking models which means there are buyers on eBay and there is demand.
     
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    Yeah, sounds too cheap. It works out to be 36$ per module and 4GB ECC modules are at least ~60$ from elsewhere. If this is real, soon it will be cheaper to buy RAM than SSDs :p
     
  10. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Looking at this page it seems like a typo.

    3x4GB goes for $219 and 6x4GB for $217. Doesn't sound right. :p

    If someone from the US ordered this and got 24GB delivered, let me know. I can even sell my existing 12GB for more than that. :p
     

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