How long have I got?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by irishgrizzly, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I'm planning my purchases and wanted folks opinions on this. I have a 2008 Mac Pro that has served me very well.

    The next desktop I buy will probably have to be an iMac as they are getting more powerful and the Mac Pros more expensive. Also my uses (Graphic/Web design) wouldn't justify the next Mac Pro when an iMac will do. The only really downside will be all the HD space I've gotten used to.

    What do people think I should do in terms of selling my current mac/buying new. Would you go and purchase the next iMac? Or wait until 2013/14 (if it's still running then).

    Here is my current setup;
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    #2 gives broad estimates of the re-sale value of mac machines.

    With regards to the iMac purcase question, only you can really answer that as we don't know if your current Mac Pro is suitable for the tasks you perform on it. are you just buying a new iMac just because you want a new toy? ;)
  3. irishgrizzly thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I always like new toys :p, but I'm trying to be practical about trading it in when I can still get some money for it.

    It terms of performance, it works like a charm running CS5.
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    The 08's were good machines, keep it another 2 years of it still works "like a charm" and upgrade in 2014...add a little bit more RAM if you need for cheap...
  5. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    With specs like that, your Mac pro is still a very capable machine. I doubt you'd notice too much difference in a new iMac.

    My 2008 iMac has the Nvidia 8800 graphics and it still plays newer games decently. And my 2009 iMac with 2.8ghz i7 is still a screamer. So I can imagine your config easily keeps up with any modern iMac. Your pro probably has 2-3 years left unless your needs change drastically.
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    keep it until you feel it's not giving you the performance you need

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