Is this rig legit?

Drumintosh

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Hello everyone!

I've been a lurker around here for a long, long time, and decided to join to ask some advice.

I'm looking for a powerful rig that will be used with After Effects, doing some 3D rendering in Maya & Cinema 4D, Logic Pro, and basic tasks in Photoshop.

Currently, I have my heart set on a 6 or 8 core Mac Pro 4,1. I did some research, and it looks like it will offer the max amount of power in relation to how much I can spend. With the 09 model, upgrading the RAM won't cost the earth, and the GPU is obviously upgradeable.

But for a little while now, I've been noticing a seller on eBay offering some kind of custom machine that appears to outperform a basic 4,1 Mac Pro.

I'm not sure if links to eBay are allowed in this forum, but here it is for reference.

The seller, "micro_spa", claims the following:
GTX TITAN CUSTOM INTEL MINI MAC PRO 4GHz+ 8 Core 1TB 128 SSD USB 3 16 GB RAM
FASTER THAN LATEST WORKSTATIONS OF ALL SIZES & SHAPES!!"


He is listing that model for $1692.74 (with free shipping). He also states a three year warranty on the parts, To me, it sounds a bit scammy. However, I checked out his feedback, and it's 100% (apparently, there have been others that purchased this rig).

It sounds like this is definitely real, but I'm a bit wary on it. I Googled his seller name and the eBay title, but I couldn't find anything on it.

Does anyone know if this is real, underpowered and overhyped, or if there is some caveat to working with the machine? Is an 8 core 4,1 Mac Pro going to out-perform this?

I'd really appreciate any help on this. I know a lot of things are "too good to be true", but this seems like it's an exception.

I'm planning on purchasing a new rig by the end of the summer - mid fall, so I'm not in a rush to buy anything.
 

chrfr

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It sounds like this is definitely real, but I'm a bit wary on it. I Googled his seller name and the eBay title, but I couldn't find anything on it.

Does anyone know if this is real, underpowered and overhyped, or if there is some caveat to working with the machine? Is an 8 core 4,1 Mac Pro going to out-perform this?
No this is not legit.
The ad is certainly deceptive. It's a 4-core CPU, not an 8. The computer appears to not actually have a GPU installed but instead has Intel HD 4000 graphics, same as a 2012 Mac Mini.

It looks wildly overpriced to me.
The CPU sells for about $330.
Storage is about $200 or less.
RAM: $150 or less
Board, enclosure, and power supply can't possibly be worth $1000.
 
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COrocket

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Dec 9, 2012
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I would be incredibly skeptical based on the description, which sounds sketchy. If it really has what it says, the i7-3770 is a four core processor. I'm not sure how you would fit a full size graphic card in a 2x8x9" enclosure, which isn't much larger than a mac mini. Even if you did there would be serious cooling issues. On top of all that, you will have the issues with software/firmware/updates that hackintosh users have to deal with when running OSX on other than apple hardware. I would go with the Mac Pro 4,1
 
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Imaginator

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But for a little while now, I've been noticing a seller on eBay offering some kind of custom machine that appears to outperform a basic 4,1 Mac Pro.

I'm not sure if links to eBay are allowed in this forum, but here it is for reference.

The seller, "micro_spa", claims the following:
GTX TITAN CUSTOM INTEL MINI MAC PRO 4GHz+ 8 Core 1TB 128 SSD USB 3 16 GB RAM
FASTER THAN LATEST WORKSTATIONS OF ALL SIZES & SHAPES!!"


He is listing that model for $1692.74 (with free shipping). He also states a three year warranty on the parts, To me, it sounds a bit scammy. However, I checked out his feedback, and it's 100% (apparently, there have been others that purchased this rig).
You're a creative professional and you believe this stuff? Where do you work? I'm curious.
 
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mad3inch1na

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Oct 21, 2013
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The Titan is 12 inches x 8 inches x 2 inches. That machine you are looking at is a joke.
 
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gochi

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Mar 31, 2011
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if you see a small mac mini listed with the words gtx titan you know its not realy.
 
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alphaod

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Just looks like a keyword spammer.

Funny he says "8-core logic" because each physical hyperthreading core in an Intel processor is two logical cores.

Anyways the listing is no longer available, so I'm guessing it's be delisted.
 
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