Keep 2009 Oct 2.26 or Sell & Buy New 2010 Quad

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by englishman, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. englishman macrumors 6502a

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    I have a stock 2.26 2009 Octo 6GB GT120 and I'm wondering if I should trade up to a 2010 model what I would be gaining?

    I'm pretty sure if I sell I could get a base 2010 2.8 with 6GB and 5870 and a free ipod Touch for little or no extra cost.

    I don't do any heavy processing just gaming, mac/windows devt and web work.

    Do I upgrade or stick? the graphics would be better, more HD, wireless.

    Originally my Octo cost a lot more but I'm not sure I really use the 8 cores. Maybe someone else will get more use out of them.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You can add all those things to your current Mac Pro... Unless you get the upgrade for free, I would't do it
     
  3. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    If you're sure you don't do much multiprocessor aware stuff then it could be a good move for you. You'd lose half the RAM slots though and as Hellhammer said, the 5870 will already work in your computer.
     
  4. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It would almost be free as I can sell my old one even though its a hassle as I get the Education discount.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If that includes the ATI 5870 upgrade as well, then I would pull the trigger. 2.8GHz quad is faster in most tasks and you currently have only 6GB of RAM so 4 RAM slots shouldn't be that much of a problem
     
  6. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But the 5870 would cost. I can't see I'd ever need more ram and even with the Quad I'd have a free RAM slot. The only thing I do that needs lots of RAM is Parallels, although I usually use Bootcamp.
     
  7. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

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    I think you should wait until Sandy Bridge. It seems like you just want to upgrade to the "latest and greatest" at this point but you don't really need it. You can put your money towards a major upgrade in 2011/2012.
     
  8. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    Not a bad suggestion.
     
  9. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In the end couldn't resist the latest - last day of back to school etc :)

    Ordered today - delivered this week he said maybe tomorrow? :)

    Went with base spec though which is fine for me. Upgrade RAM later.

    Thanks for everyone's advice.
     

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