Keep the 2008 Mac Pro with the rMBP or sell it?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Geruvah, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Geruvah macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    Got it in Feb 2008.

    2.8 GHz, 4GB of RAM, tons of space, and still fast with a lot of things. Bootup and shutdown time takes less than 15 seconds with that SSD.

    It's used for my heavy (very heavy) photoshop work, audiophile listening (through digital out), and even making music. It is a workhorse, but I think it's nearly time to upgrade.

    So I'm just about to get the 15in rMBP with 16GB RAM. No need for a harddrive upgrade, as I plan on still using the ones from the Mac Pro that has all the music and everything as an external backup.

    So the question is if it's worth it to keep the tower or will the rMBP be faster in everything so it's really a redundant machine? Yes, sometimes I go mobile, but with NAS, I can be on any computer and get any files I need. the rMBP just happens to be the first time I'm ever looking at a notebook as a possible desktop replacer.
  2. dmax35 macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    Take the money you plan on spending on a rMBP and upgrade your Mac
    Pro and purchase a high end retina iPad to fit your mobile needs.
  3. Geruvah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    I don't think an ipad will suit my mobile needs (will need photoshop, illustrator, InDesign, DJing/producing, audio playback).
  4. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I would get a MBA 13 i7 then -- the cost of the rMBP is just crazy, plus you have a Mac Pro which should suit your needs. :apple:
  5. Geruvah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    I'll check it out to see if that could do what I need it to. I'm using a 15" for work right now with 16GB RAM and I definitely use those resources. 8GB from the 13" may not be enough.

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    I was looking at the rMBP because I never use the optical drive anyway, the retina display looks fantastic and I don't have the space for a thunderbolt display anyway so it's fine to use just its screen with the display I have now, and despite the RAM being soldered on and I being one who even built his own PC, I don't think I'd need more than 16GBs since I only upgraded my Pro to 4GB and it's still okay, though I'd be upgrading that soon too if there's really a need to keep it. The rMBP seems (seemed?) perfect for my very demanding needs for a great display with better color accuracy and lots of muscle.

    Either way, it's sounding like my Mac Pro is not at all as obsolete as I thought it was. Which is great to know. I treated that thing right and it's doing the same back, so I'll be keeping it regardless.
  6. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've been eyeing the new rMBP too and I also own a 2008 Mac Pro (we have similar situations, it seems).

    But I'm not getting rid of my Mac Pro just yet. My workflow (video editing, compositing, color grading) still requires a tower for expansion that simply doesn't exist on a laptop, even with Thunderbolt.

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