How much more powerful would this be

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by crimsonangel, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. crimsonangel macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    I do not currently own a mac but am in love with the OS and really want to buy one. Im not really strapped with cash at the moment and I dont want the mini or an imac. I did some searching on ebay and found a mac pro priced at $1100.

    2x 2.0GHz Dual-Core Xeon (4-core)
    1GB RAM
    NVIDIA 7300GT

    My current computer is one I built a few years back and its specs are.
    AMD athlon 3800+x2
    2 gigs ram
    Nvidia 9800GT

    My other question is in the future would I be able to upgrade the processors that are currently in this mac pro I might buy with quad core ones so I could have 8 cores.
  2. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    Well that doesn't seem much like like an upgrade to me... about the same CPU, less RAM and a worse video card... so why would you want it?

    I'm not sure about upgrading the CPU, if its not soldered to the motherboard then you can upgrade it. BUT you will NOT be able to upgrade to to i5/i7's (Which have 4 physical, but 8 virtual cores, just saying because there are no chips with 8 cores :eek:) because of a different socket type.
  3. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    That Mac Pro should take two quad core processors, giving it 8 physical cores.
    The processors are socketed. For example in this thread the author upgraded to an octo (2 x quad) 2.66GHz.

    As for whether it's worth buying a mac Pro 1.1 and then upgrading it, thats a different matter.
  4. crimsonangel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    Im more interested in the cpu and the processing power it can provide compared to the cpu im currently running (I would think that these two dual core xenon's would be significantly faster and better for multitasking than my current cpu is. It would be more of a Xeon 5130 vs athlon 3800X2, I would think that a single xenon based on the core2 architecture would perform some deal better than the AMD counterpart. Not to mention this mac would have two 5130's.) Ram would be an easy upgrade and so would the video card. as for upgrading to i5's or i7's im not so much interested at the moment. I think I would have more than enough power upgrading to 2 quads that arent i5's or i7's and If I ever wanted any of the newer model mac pros I could always sell this one and with my upgrades make a good amount of money to found my next purchase.

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