Price Advice How much should I pay for a 2008 Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NaiGuy, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. NaiGuy macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    So there is a mac pro at my work place that I am interested in. The model is a 2008 (3,1) 3.0GHz Eight Core model. It currently doesn't have a hard drive and I would like to buy it as is without the HD as everything seems to be working and I have plenty of spare HDs lying around. What should I offer as a price for it?
  2. NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    How much RAM, which video card, does it have 1 or 2 DVD drives, and does it include an Airport/Bluetooth card?

    I'm not totally up on prices but I think I've seen an average configuration for that model going for $700-800. More for maxed RAM and upgraded video card.
  3. NaiGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    I'm not positive on the ram amount. It looks to have the stock Radeon Card, 2 DVD Drives and I don't think it has an Airport Card. I think i saw it recently going for about $600 stock, but I wanted to look into what other people think its worth before I throw an offer for it out there.
  4. GearHeadG5 macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2012
    Like he said before about the RAM and video card. It really isn't worth more than $600. I would probably say that it's worth $500-550. I paid $580 for a 2009 Mac Pro almost a year ago just for reference.
  5. SamuraiArtGuy macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2010
    Eastern Panhandle, WV, USA
    sounds about right

    I just picked up a Used Pro on eBay as a secondary workstation to replace a failing Power Mac G5...

    $450 for a 2.8 Gz, Mac Pro 3,1 - 8 GB Ram, 750 GB HD, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB....

    So the numbers we're kicking around here sound about in the right ballpark.
  6. NaiGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    I was thinking of making an offer of $450 for it, maybe going to $600 at max but hoping I can pay $400-500 for it. The thing is in excellent condition as far as I can tell, but it was very dusty. It posts. But that's all I can say about it, there was no HD so without putting in an HD and installing an OS I can't say how it would run.
  7. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Without knowing if it works with a drive installed it's worth the parts cost.

    Point that out and start at like $250 - and mention the risk you're taking in buying it at all.

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