deal or no deal 2009 MP 2.66 Quad

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  1. sbb155 macrumors 6502

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    Trying to figure out if a decent deal. Base 2009 MP 2.66 quad. no extras - 3gb ram, 640 drive. Price is 1750 + tax. Thoughts? How upgradeable is it? The other option is a 2010 refurb for over 2100.
     
  2. tpavur macrumors regular

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    Depends on your needs, I would do it just for the GPU alone, ntm the standard HDD and stronger proc depending on the model.
     
  3. zephonic macrumors 65816

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    I'd take to 2009 model and replace the CPU with a Xeon W3565. Much better value. Unless you absolutely need the Radeon GPU.
     
  4. sbb155 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is there a thread on how to do this for 2009 models? I have seen the thread for 2010 models. Is the 3565 the best proc that will fit?
     
  5. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    It's exactly the same procedure for the 2009 model. The SP daughter boards are identical.
     
  6. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    That's NO "deal" ........ not by a long shot.

    2010 base refurb would be a MUCH better "deal".

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  7. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Best deal would be a w3580 3.33 processor which can now be had for under 500 dollars.. I sold that for the younger brother the w3680 which is the same clock speed but is based on the Westmere architecture + its 6-core.
     
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    Agree, this is over priced underperformer
     
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    Why? They are pretty much the same except for the Radeon.

    For $1750 + $300 you get 3.2 GHz (W3565), that is the 2010 quad upgrade which Apple retails for $2899.

    The 2010 base refurb is a 2.8GHz (W3530) for $2100+

    I know where I'd put my money...

    Are you sure? I can't find it for that price. But if so, then yes...
     
  10. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Try ebay..
     
  11. zephonic macrumors 65816

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    You're right. Wow, a 3580 for $470. If that drops in without trouble it's a sweet deal.
     
  12. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    it is compatible w/ 2010/2009 mac pros.. just be sure to get 1333 mhz mem if its a replacement for the slower 2009 mac pro processors.
     
  13. zephonic macrumors 65816

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    OK, how does that work with QPI? You just drop in the 1333 dimms and it changes speed automatically? And are 1333 dimms required for the W3580? I figured it used 1066 memory as it was the top-tier single processor model in 2009.
     
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    Ram only runs at 1066 MHz on 2009 Pros. Even if it is 1333 MHz ram. So why does he need it? Your comments are misleading at times
     
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    In case he wants to get one of the faster proc's that do run at 1333 (hex core)
     
  16. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    You can't run hex core processors in the 2009 machines.

    C'mon guys, this has been discussed over and over again... :rolleyes:
     
  17. zephonic macrumors 65816

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    Dude... 09 pros won't run ram at 1333MHz and definitely no Hex Processors
     
  19. sjordan macrumors member

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    My bad :)
     
  20. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    The 2010 refurb is a much better deal. For $300 more you get the following:

    Much faster video card with more output ports and twice the RAM
    Audio out from the MDP ports
    Faster CPU
    Faster Memory
    Wi-fi card
    Bigger hard drive
    Better CPU upgrade path (Westmeres and Hexacores)

    The video card alone is almost worth that price difference.
     
  21. sbb155 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the issue always is the same... how is the hexacore upgrade path worthwhile if so few programs use multiple cores??? hmmmm. tough choice
     
  22. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Really? Even disregarding CPU upgrade path, the other six things on the list are pretty compelling for $300.

    Also, if you're getting a used 2009, Applecare is likely expired. With the refurb you have the full 1 year.
     
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  24. elihu macrumors newbie

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    Joshuarocks

    I am new to this forum and overall new to contacting people through forums. I am trying to get in touch with Joshuarocks as he offered in another thread and I see that this is the last thread he posted to. If he is reading this then please contact me. It is about your post on a diagnostic program you mentioned.
     
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    He is on vacations.:D He has been banned.
     

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