Just Ordered Mac Pro -- Have Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by abdm, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. abdm macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2004
    Hi Everyone,

    I finally did it, I ordered the Mac Pro!!!

    Mac Pro With the following configuration:

    Processor 0656352 2.66 GHz Quad Xeon
    Memory 0656358 2GB 667 DDR2 FB DIMM ECC4x512
    Graphics Card 0656363 ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB
    Hard Drive Bay1 0656367 500GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s drive
    Hard Drive Bay2 0656742 None
    Hard Drive Bay3 0656743 None
    Hard Drive Bay4 0656744 None
    Optical Drive 0656251 16x SuperDrive DL
    Wireless Option 0656725 Airprt Extrm and BT 2.0EDR
    Modem 0656455 None
    Fibre Chl Card 0656285 None
    Keyboard Language 0656280 Apple Kybd and Wrls Mgty Ms
    Mac SVR OS Language 0655988 None
    Apple Software Applications 0656419 None
    Mac OS Language 0656245 Mac OS X
    Country Kit 0656244 Country Kit

    I also ordered a 24inch Dell Monitor.

    I'm hoping that monitor will be nice, I haven't seen one in person. Has anyone used one and how is it? I also currently have a 21inch Gateway HD LCD, so I'm going to setup a dual display with the 24inch and the 21 inch.

    How accurate is the estimated ship date? I ordered the machine with 2nd day shipping, so I hope I get it this week.

    Does anyone have a good suggestions for speakers for the mac pro? I was going to order the JBL Creature II 2.1 Speakers, does anyone know anything about them?

    I only ordered the Mac Pro with 2GB or ram to try and save money, am I going to regret this? I've got a Powerbook G4 12inch now with 1.25 gigs of memory and I'm always running out, I'm hoping 2gigs will be enough. I guess I can always order another 1 gig or 2 gigs online.

    Any other suggestions, I'm hoping I configured this correctly.

    Thanks for the help guys, I'm very excited :).
  2. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    2GB will be fine. Wait for the memory prices to come down.

    The Dell 24" is ok. I didn't like it because mine had the banding problems and the colors werent very accurate. So I went to a 23" ACD.

    If what you are doing doesn't require color accuracy. The Dell will be fine.

    Enjoy your Mac Pro. I love mine.
  3. abdm thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2004

    I ordred the 2407, which I think fixed the color banding. Do you know anything about that version?
  4. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    congrats on the order! i'm thinking about ordering something very similar...just haven't pulled the trigger yet
  5. abdm thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2004
    It took a lot of going to the apple site and creating a cart with everything, seeing the total and then closing the window :(. Today I findally clicked the 'place order' button :).

    I can't wait to get it now :).
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    maybe i'll be that brave one day very soon*;)
  7. zwida macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2001
    Congratulations. You'll be fine with 2GB unless you're doing significant video production/image manipulation work. And of course, as you said, you can always add more later.

    I'll be curious to hear your review of the 2407.

    Edit: Those JBL speakers will knock your socks off. Good choice, I'd say. For more on speakers, check out the Mac Peripherals forum or MRoogle speakers. Your should find some good advice.
  8. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    The old 240 didnt have the banding issues. There are multiple revisions on the 2407.

    It was present in the A00 and A01 revision. Dell said they fixed it with the A02, they did... sorta. There are different modes on the 2407. Like Multimedia, Desktop, Gaming. They fixed the problem in the desktop mode.

    However, it was most assuredely not fixed. I had an A02 and it had the banding problem.

    There is supposedly an A03 revision floating around. Where most problem are fixed. Here is a large thread about the monitor. That would be a good place to read about what people are experiencing.


    My recommendation, if you get an A02, send it back and demand an A03.
  9. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    The prices might've come down in the future if Intel and AMD hadn't cut FB-DIMMs from their roadmaps. The need for FB-DIMMs will be very limited and thus will be produced in very small quantities creating high lot prices. I think the price for FB-DIMMs could quite possibly be higher a year from now than they are right now.
  10. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    Possibly. We will just have to wait and see. I am going to stick with 2GB as I think that will do me fine for awhile.

    I would expect prices to come down though. Eventually of course :D
  11. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I just ordered a 2407 Friday. Should be here towards the end of this week. I'm really hoping for the A03 revision, because I did a bit of reading about the earlier problems.

    I also read, though, that because Dell claimed to have fixed the problems with the A02 version and not the A03, those that are getting the A02 aren't being allowed to swap it for an A03. Hopefully that changes if they are actually experiencing the issues, but it would be nice, too, if you could avoid the problems altogether by exchanging an A02 with an A03 right from the get.

    To the OP: I have the Creature II's as well and they're great. I'm not an audiophile or anything, but to me they sound perfect. It's really amazing the sound that comes out of such tiny speakers! I'd go for it. I found them cheapest at Amazon, btw.
  12. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    I like the JBL encounters personally. They match my Mac pro with the apple mouse and keyboard very well. They sound great too. I got them for $30 on eBay. Refurbished with a 1yr warranty to boot.
  13. Monyx macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2005
    Dual CPU/bus of the MacPro does appear to need more memory than any other Mac. Witness the requirements for Aperture 1.5 : 2Gb for MP but only 1GB for all other Macs.

    2GB seems to be the minimum to attain efficient performance from MP so you will ok. 3-4Gb is recommended if you're doing substantial work in PPC apps under Rosetta.
  14. swingline macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    huh? the white alien head/elongated egg speakers?

    i bought the samsung 244t silver 24" monitor. color accuracy is great and have absolutely no problems with it.
    also, i have the logitech z-2300 speakers paired with my mac pro. sounds great, especially while playing movies or xbox360. If you like bass, get this. and it matches nicely with the mac pro and monitor.
  15. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    My sister has the Creature II Speakers, and although they look awesome, their not exactly easy to work with. The power button is on the back of the sub, which means the sub has to be on the desk for you to access it easily, which means you lose a lot of your bass.
    If you have a really solid, thick desk, this isn't as much of a problem.

    Congrats on your new Mac!
  16. ljones macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I purchased mine with the 1gig of ram Friday. Searching now for two 1 gig sticks. I'll go up to more later. Figured why pay an additional 300 for another 1 gig, when i can pay under 500 for 2 gigs.
  17. abdm thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2004

    Let me know where you decide to order two 1 gig sticks and how much it is.

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