IF you had to buy Sept 7th...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DZL, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. DZL macrumors regular

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    O.k. - I'm pretty much dead-set on buying Sept 7th - with, or without an update to the mac pro.

    My Dell just isn't doing the job anymore; and it's costing me time and money.

    So, worst-case scenario - no update. My question is this: what configuration would you buy if you had to go with the mac pro? What processor, video card, hard drive, etc - would you purchase?

    Also, I plan on buying something on Sept 7th, but if there's an update within the next 3-6 months, I will probably trade it in (powermax), and purchase the new updated mac pro; whenever that may be.

    Thanks,

    DZL
     
  2. Multimedia macrumors 603

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  3. DZL thread starter macrumors regular

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    MM - more questions...

    Thanks, MM - I'm new to the macworld, so you'll have to tell me exactly what harddrive I should get - and why omni RAM, and not crucial?

    Oh, and what video card would you go with?
     
  4. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    For RAM, I recommend OWC.

    For Hard Drives, Apple uses Seagate built in and they are really noisy but fast.

    I have a Western Digital 400GB SATA drive in Bay2 and it is very quiet.

    I have the 8 Core Mac Pro with 9GB of RAM
     
  5. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    I've got a Western Digital Raptor (loud)
    Western Digital 400 gig SATA - pretty quiet
    Seagate 7200.10 SATA - also pretty quiet.

    Seagates have a five year warranty though :D

    Best pricing for drives is in the .22 - .25 cent per gig range.

    As for the video card, hopefully Tuesday you'll have more options to think about :cool:
     
  6. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Raptors will be loud because they're 10k RPM :)
    But those things are fast.
    I love Seagate as much as Western Digital...and their warranty is pretty long. The loudness seems to be the issue because Seagate got sued for their AAM and they are not allowed to use it, but other manufacturers can.
     
  7. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Also a good place to do head-to-head comparisons of hard drives is:

    http://storagereview.com/Testbed4Compare.sr

    Just hit the "sort" button. From there you can check off individual drives for comparisons. You can also choose from a myriad of testbeds (i.e. high-end drivemark, officemark2006, idle noise, avg. transfer rate, etc.)

    :apple::D
     
  8. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Omni sells "multimedia enhanced" memory, which is well suited for a multimedia operating system like MAC-OS.
     
  9. Topper macrumors 65816

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    If the Mac Pro is not updated and I seriously doubt it will be and
    If I had to buy a Mac Pro tomorrow, I would get:

    Two 3.0GHz Dual-core Intel Xeons. I wouldn't spend the extra money for the quad-core Xeons.
    1GB of memory. I would buy 4 more GBs of memory from OWC.
    250GB Hard Drive. I already have 3 SATA hard drives.
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT video card. Don't much care for it but it's the best (consumer) video card available at this time.
    And Bluetooth & Airport Extreme.
     
  10. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    yeah , the 2.66 are the best vfm

    that's WHY i bought one
     
  12. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, they stopped being a value on July 29.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117110

    And, we all know you didn't buy it. So give it up. I bet you sounded like a 10 year old Paris Hilton as you begged daddy to buy you a Mac Pro. :D
     
  13. Topper macrumors 65816

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    I play one game and one game only but it is very cpu and gpu intensive.
    Believe it or not the extra clock speed would be of help.
    If I was buying a Mac Pro tomorrow I would feel a little better getting the higher clock speed psychologically.
    That sounds dumb but if I bought a Mac Pro tomorrow and new Mac Pros come out 2 or 3 or 4 months later
    with better processors, at least I could say to myself that I got the best dual-core processors available.

    But you also have to remember that I am not buying one tomorrow so it is a moot point.:)
     
  14. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    I believe, it is just the price for them. But of course, you aren't buying now so that was just a hypothetical :D
     
  15. slughead macrumors 68040

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    multimedia enhanced memory?

    Is that a joke?
     
  16. Topper macrumors 65816

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    You are way too fast for me. I edited my post :eek:
     
  17. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    All iW00t posts are a joke IMO. Don't take him seriously.
     

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