IS A DUAL QUAD 3.2 Xeon a good computer?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by darknlight, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. darknlight, Apr 6, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2013

    darknlight macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2013

    Someone is selling the computer below for $1400.

    Is this fast enough to edit Final Cut PRO X?

    (Right now, I have a 2009 iMac - 3.06 Ghz iNtel Core 2 DUO w 16 gb and its just not fast enough)

    Will i see a big difference if i switch to this?

    Dual Quad 3.2 GHz Xeon processors
    16 Gb RAM
    Two NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT graphics cards - will support 4 monitors
    Two 1Tb hard drives
  2. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    great computer, but too expensive. its a 2008 model. u cant upgrade anything on it o newer conponents and the ram is very expensive.

    try looking for a 2009 model, they go for the same price, sometimes less, are a lot more powerful, easy to upgrade to the same processors the 2012 versions have and the ram is cheap
  3. darknlight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2013
    really? he had is listed for 1700 and i lowered it to 1400

    It doesnt seem like 1400 is too much (with the keyboard, mouse, monitor, 16 gb of ram)

    Isn't 16 gm of ram enough? why do i need to upgrade?
  4. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    where is it being sold?

    what kind of monitor?

    16GB is enough yes, more then enough. but its a 4 year old machine, the ram could break. its a possibilty. replacements are expensive.

    have a look on ebay for dual 2.66 mac pro from 2009, see what they go for

    its not toooo expensive, just not an excellent deal :D
  5. darknlight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2013
    got it. thanks for your help!

    i havent been able to find a better deal yet. but looking
  6. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007

    You can upgrade everything apart from the CPU. nVidia latest cards work in 2008 models. The RAM is more expensive for a reason. it is ECC RAM, something that is not the case with 2009 versions onwards. Anyway, the ram is not expensive anymore. I've never understood people complaining about the RAM being expensive. You are prepared to spend $3,000 on a computer but are too cheap to spend 10% of that on more RAM?

    OP, they are still great machines, try to get it for $1000.
  7. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    You can find a 2.66GHz 4-core 2009 system for $1,000 that has about 90% of the total CPU performance due to hyper-threading and is faster on single-threaded performance. You also get the option to upgrade to a 3.2GHz quad-core CPU for $200 or 6-cores for $500. Making this older model, with it's slower architecture and 5 years of age expensive. The age on it would be the main reason I'd avoid it. If that logic board goes it's an expensive part to replace at over $500.
  8. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    16GB is plenty for a lot of things, but it varies. Some applications can use more if it is available. It really doesn't matter how high he lists it. He could have listed it for any price. It's $1400 now because no one who viewed his listing was willing to spend $1700 on it. The extra gpu obviously cost something. 16GB for that model probably set him back a bit. That still doesn't make it a strong price.

    You sir need to pay attention to specifications.:p

    From Apple's site

    The difference is those machine no longer use fully buffered dimms. You also neglect to mention the fact that ram is a commodity. Older specs are often available in limited quantities. Even then if we're talking about used older models, they aren't being purchased for $3000 today. If the OP is looking at used machines, it's a matrix of options and a matter of what offers the best value for their requirements. The 2009 model is likely to receive up to date software support significantly longer as they still use that same logic board and one of the cpu options in the current offering. That alone really counts against the 2008 model when looking at used purchases.

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