I found a Mac Pro on the street...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MathBunny123, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

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    Hello! So I was walking around in my neighborhood and there was some person who was giving away his old computers (I would assume). He had a Mac Pro from '08 I believe, and it had a sign that said 'free'.

    So naturally I picked it up, and it obviously doesn't work, so could I go to a Genius Bar and ask them to fix it? Would it be worth it spending time to fix a machine so old?

    I just want your opinions to see what you would do with a Mac Pro...
     
  2. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    Depending on what's actually wrong with it, I would definitely look into fixing it up, as long as it won't cost a bunch of $$......you could just get it running and then sell it for a small amount....since you got it free, anything you get will be pure profit, minus whatever you put into it...........
     
  3. MathBunny123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    True...how much could you sell a '08 Mac Pro? If I dump a 1TB HDD in it and upgrade the RAM to 16GB? 500$?
     
  4. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

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    Why go to apple? Make it a DYI, saves you some cash and you get a fun experience. Of course, you would have to find out what is wrong with it, but that wouldn't be too hard.
     
  5. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    I concur on the DYI approach. Keep in mind though that Apple will likely diagnose it for free, only charging for an actual hardware repair. Could be worth lugging into the Genius Bar if you don't have much troubleshooting experience with these machines. They could at least point you in the right repair direction.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    A little more if it's an octo-core. I have the 2008 octo-core and I can easily get more than $500 for it.
     
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  8. Studio K macrumors 6502

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    Have you noticed any missing hardware inside?

    What happens when you push the power button?
     
  9. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

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    What I found when getting mine fixed, if the CPU is OK then it's probably not bad. I had a daughter board replaced for $250. If the CPU is bad then it's more expensive.
     
  10. malana macrumors member

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    cpus got quite cheap. i guess the x5482 goes for around 80 euros on ebay (from a shop, mind!)

    and the x5482 is the 3.2 ghz version
     
  11. flowrider macrumors 601

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    A lot of value is in the aesthetics as well as in the performance. How clean is this thing and is it scratched and marred. I sold my 3,1 to a reseller who paid for shipping for $800.00. The machine was pristine.

    Lou
     
  12. MathBunny123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    My mom did let me bring the desktop upstairs...I'll reply once she let's me. :mad:

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    Awesome! I'll update the story once I get more information on it. :cool:
     
  13. olsend81 macrumors member

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    What magical state do you live in that gives away free machines?!?
     
  14. MathBunny123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ontario Canada...I just got lucky. :p
     
  15. brand macrumors 601

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    Um, ok.
     
  16. Saltymac macrumors member

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    If it is a 3,1 then it will sell for under $500 - ram is relatively inexpensive. If an original 1,1 then I wouldn't put much money in it.
     
  17. kenetic macrumors regular

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    Yes! Get it fix. The machine still have some life in it.
     

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