I Really Need Help On This Mac Pro Choice!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bm2amb, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. bm2amb macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009

    I am Tafe student & work as part time in Desktop Publishing & Web Design, also work as freelance do some Final Cut & Design stuff in Australia

    My Macbook pro Core Duo 2.0Ghz seems its not enough to handle my application, especially I want to do some HD videos, take ages to render.

    I only have around 3000 dollars budget. I can push up a little by save my lunch and dinner etc.....:(

    Here is the difficault part that I really need you guys experience and suggestion.

    1. New 2009 Mac Pro Quad Core - ADC Price $3699 + ADC Student $150 = 3849

    # One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    # 3GB (3x1GB
    # 640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    # NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB
    # One 18x SuperDrive
    # Apple Mighty Mouse
    # Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User's Guide

    2.Refurbished Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz Intel Xeon $2749.00

    Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors
    1GB (2 x 512MB) memory (667MHz DDR2 fully-buffered DIMM ECC)
    250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200-rpm hard drive
    16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory

    Do you think buy a refurbished is a good idea ? Also, am I able to connect to dual screen on 7300gt ???

    Thank you very much guys!!!:eek:
  2. eyefoniac macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2008
    Everywhere and nowhere
    I have always had a good experience with refurbs myself. Honestly, unless you need some of the extra power with the new one, I would go with the refurb. Good luck in your decision!
  3. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    The second Mac Pro is a perfectly fine machine, and of course cheaper (it's the MP I have), and you can connect two displays to the 7300 GT, but the newer Mac Pro is considerably faster. So, as eyefoniac said, unless you need the extra power, go for the refurb.
  4. bm2amb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    But, What I'm concerning is , the 1GB RAM and 250GBHD, seems 1GB is not enough and is it very expensive to buy a 3rd party RAM for Mac Pro ??

    Thanks guys!
  5. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    1 GB is low nowadays, yes, but third-party RAM is only expensive if you're buying DDR3 4GB sticks. ;)

    I've bought all my RAM from Data Memory Systems (direct link) and their RAM is very good for an excellent price. For the 2006 Mac Pro you can buy 8 GB of RAM for $176.
  6. PowerPaw macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    The Mac Pro 2009 model looks to offer more than the 2.66GHz though arguable both will work well but how old is that refurb???

    For the money we are talking about just under $1000 more after putting in enough RAM and a reasonable sized HDD. Old tech vs new, you have to decide if its worth it.

    How old is that refurb?
  7. bm2amb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009

    Umm.. I'm not sure about that Refurb Mac Pro, its not saying on apple's site. According that 5150 CPU and Video Card should between 2006 - 2007 !????

    Any Idea ?
  8. POLOgt macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2009
    You can get that for so much cheaper, less then $2000 easy in the States. I don't know though about Australia.
  9. MCHR macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009
    This is a technical forum, isn't it? And we all know how to use an Internet, yes?

    Do a search, check out currency exchanges, and see that $2749 AUS is $1883 USD today.

    Like flippin little children around here. :rolleyes:
  10. POLOgt macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2009
    I made a mistake, do not think your high and mighty because you caught one.
  11. rylin macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2006
    His high and mighty what? ;)
    /me grins
  12. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Oh, but he is high and mighty. Cross him and you're nothing but a dunce.

    ;) :rolleyes: :D
  13. bm2amb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    Here is an other question

    according : Mac Pro offers four independent, 3Gb-per-second Serial ATA hard drive channels — twice as many and twice as fast as the previous generation — allowing you to install up to four 500GB drives

    Does that mean I can only install 500GB HD ? 640 - 1TB won't work ???:rolleyes::rolleyes:
  14. NightSailor macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2008
    I'd get the refurbished unit. You will be happy with it. And have money left over for upgrades.
  15. MCHR macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009

    Don't kid yourselves. I'm as dumb as a stump on a LOT of things.

    If I were really high and mighty, I'd be in a thatch hut in Tahiti bartending to tourists. Instead, I'm looking how to spend 5K on a frustrating Apple machine.
  16. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    No. If that were the case neither of my 750 GB drives would work. :D

    Apple's page only says that, because at the time 500 GB drives were the largest readily available. You can put any size SATA drive in there that you like, as long as it has the right connector.
  17. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    I feel like you've kind of made the decision yourself. You say your budget is $3000. The new one is $849 over your budget; the refurb is $251 under. Now, I'm all for continuing to save money and all, but unless your meals are really expensive (like, REALLY expensive), it will be a long, hungry time before you save up that $849.

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