iMac i7 to Mac Pro 2009/30'' Cinema--help me decide!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by nynemusic, May 8, 2013.

  1. nynemusic macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2013
    Hi guys, finally registered and joined this community!

    I am getting a good deal on a used Mac Pro 2.66 Quad 2009 and a 30' Cinema Display. I was looking to add more FX hard drives to my iMac but would prefer the internal storage and upgrade paths available for the Mac Pro. I am not in a position to buy a new Mac Pro nor wait for the release of newer models.

    My dealer, whom i have a great long relationship with will only sell me machines in great condition. However, i have never bought a used machine so am a little apprehensive as it is from 2009.

    I do plan to upgrade the cpu to a 3.33 hexacore in the near future. Again, the internal storage bays and easy access to them is very attractive.

    Also, with the new iMacs out, my 2009 iMac is losing value fast.

    What do u suggest.

    I am an audio professional, this will be a studio machine to record and run Logic, Studio One, Kontakt etc.....

    Please advise.

  2. applegeek897 macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Go for it, expansion is why i bought my Mac Pro, I was also able to get it with a 30" Cinema Display aswel and what a great combo, you can have up to 6 hard drives if you remove the optical drive, which you dont get on a new iMac anyway, and i have compared the 2 display next to each other and the 30" is in a class of its own. You can also install very powerful graphics card in it now wheres you are stuck with mobile graphics in the iMac.

    As far as putting a 6 Core in it im not sure but I don't think you can put one in a 4,1 Mac Pro only a 5,1 but I also think a 4,1 in upgradeable to a 5,1 and you would also need to change the ram to 1333Mhz because the 6 core is not compatible with 1066Mhz which the 2009 (4,1) comes with.
  3. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
  4. xDeLiRiOuSx macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    Actually, you are able to put a 6 core W3690 (3.46Ghz) or 6 core W3680 (3.33Ghz) in the Mac Pro 4,1. However, the machine must be upgraded by a firmware flash to 5,1. The upgraded CPU will run with the 1066Mhz RAM OR 1333Mhz RAM.

    It's a fact, because I've done it :)

    I have several Mac Pros and I love them all. My wife has a iMac and she loves it because she doesn't need the expandability of the Mac pro; but likes the AIO design.
  5. Baunkjaer macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    • Don't worry about it. I guess the lifespan for the important bits on that machine is over 20 years. It should be fine, ya.
    • Probably a good idea!
    • Cool, and don't forget that the motherboard also has two unused SATAII connectors that you can either take external or use to mount some drives under the optical drive.
    • Sell it, donate it, or give it to your kids if you have any.
  7. nynemusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2013
    Guys, thank you so much!!!
    Decision made, Mac Pro it is.
    CPU upgrade in the next few months!

  8. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008

    On the iMac, I threw out our TV set (as I dislike television programming) and put the iMac in it's place. So now everyone watches YouTube or DVDs instead.
  9. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    You THREW IT OUT? Surely you either sold it or properly got rid of it. Get Netflix and Amazon has Video on Demand.

    So, yeah.
  10. CaptHenryMorgan macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2013
    The District
    That Mac Pro is a waste of money. Older chipset, older architecture, older SATA bus, older RAM, older GPU, no Thunderbolt. I'd spend the money on a previous-gen 27" iMac i7 3.4Ghz, but that's me.
  11. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    Yeah, I actually threw it out onto the trash heap. There hasn't been a television set in this house for like 7 years or more. Hey, Elvis shot his out so I consider myself conservative. :) I've heard about netflix but didn't know Amazon had VOD.
  12. lucasfer899 macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2012
    Same RAM, and it is desktop RAM over the laptop stuff in an iMac.
    Can put in way more graphics horsepower.
    The Pro is based on LGA1366, a workstation socket, whereas the iMac is based on LGA 1155, a home PC socket, therefore you cannot compare the two, even though 1366's successor, LGA2011, has come out.
    Oh, and it looks like OP doesn't have any interest in thunderbolt, why would you need it when you can have so many internal drives and install a SAS card?

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