Local Thrift Store has a Mac Pro for sale. Problem.

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  1. MetalGearTW macrumors member

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    It's only $99 not including a 15% discount since I'm a student, with 7 day return if it doesn't work.

    Now here's the problem... I've never used a tower computer before. I've always been using laptops and am currently using a mac mini. Is there any way to tell which model the Mac Pro is without plugging it into a monitor and turning it on? The shop owner said he doesn't know either and has no way of finding out.

    Also I have some general questions on Mac Pro's,

    1. Are Mac Pro's 100% customizable?
    2. Can the oldest Mac Pro be customized to be more powerful than a 2012 Mac Mini?
    3. How hard is it to replace Mac Pro parts (hard drive, ram, graphics card..?)

    I'm wondering if I should buy the Mac Pro and replace my Mac Mini... I don't mind spending extra money the next few months to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD from OWC and fully maximize the Mac Pro's potential, but I thought I'd come here and ask first.

    Thank you!
     
  2. goMac macrumors 603

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    Could you grab the serial number off the back?

    In general, Mac Pros are expandable but we won't know by how much until we know what the machine is.

    Also keep in mind if it only has one DVD drive bay, it is a G5, not a Mac Pro.
     
  3. MetalGearTW thread starter macrumors member

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    hmm... i'll go back to the store and check. It's been sitting there for a month now.
     
  4. goMac macrumors 603

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    Yeah, there isn't really a model number somewhere that tells us what kind of Mac Pro it is. Serial number would be the quickest way (should be on the back.)

    If it's a G5 and not a Mac Pro, the price is decent, but there is not way it would perform anywhere nears the speeds of a 2012 Mac Mini or be able to run new software. The price and thrift store thing have me suspecting it's a G5 and not a Mac Pro.
     
  5. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    I have to agree: based on the price I suspect is is a G5 PowerMac and not Intel Mac Pro.

    It's easy to tell the difference: the G5 only has 1 DVD Drive, the Mac Pro has 2.

    If it is a Mac Pro, then $100 is a steal (regardless of what year) as long as it works.
     
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    I believe that the case - if empty - is still worth more than $99 if it is in decent shape. If there is anything else inside then that is a bonus.

    Even if you never get the machine to run, you will not be out the money. Be aware that someone may have already scooped it.

    I wouldn't even think twice if I saw a MacPro case for $99... I'd have bought it.

    Good Luck. Keep us posted...
     
  7. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    The thrift stores (looks like US junk & antique shops) here in Japan have G5 (MacPro looking) machines about 3 or 4 times a year for just about that - (Between $50 and $100). I'm always tempted to get one and play with it.

    IMO if it's Intel based I'd snatch it up. If it's G5 based I'd pass - unless you're looking to take on a project.
     
  8. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

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    Thrift shop you say?

    I'm gonna pop some tags
    Only got $99 in my pocket... :D
     
  9. .macbookpro. macrumors regular

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    I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
    This is ___ Awsome!
     
  10. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

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    I have yo grandads mac
    It looks incredible
    I've got this big ass mac
    From the thrift shop
    Down the road!

    :D
     
  11. MetalGearTW thread starter macrumors member

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    It turns out it was a G5 after all... it only had 1 dvd slot.

    I disappointed myself ;_; thanks everyone for the useful tips.
     
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    Even a G5 Quad would be worth 200-300 dollars.. had to have been a real low end G5 for it to be 85 bucks.
     
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    that would be fun
     
  16. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Mine went for $503
     
  17. goMac macrumors 603

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    A local place is selling single core G5s for $55 and dual core for $75. That's the standard price on all of them.
     
  18. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    That is location dependent..

    Here a dual 1.8 will still bring 200 euro.
     
  19. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    That might be true, but since we are talking about Dollars (based on the use of the $ sign in the original post), then we need to take location into value. Therefore $55, $75, and $85 are relevant and the 200 euro (and your $509 value) is not. People around here can't "give away" (meaning trying to sell for less than $100) their old GX macs. Heck I bought my 2006 Intel Mac Pro last summer for less than $400. So as you said, location is the key factor and we are discussing a location in the US.
     
  20. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Then you ought to take a stroll through the PowerPC section and see what G5's are still bringing around the US.

    http://newjersey.craigslist.org/sys/3669441930.html

    http://newjersey.craigslist.org/sys/3698760868.html

    http://newjersey.craigslist.org/sys/3669919061.html

    http://newjersey.craigslist.org/sys/3685315144.html

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/sys/3716082477.html

    http://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/sys/3691845263.html

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/sys/3709239313.html

    yup still looking like 85 is a good deal
     
  21. chrfr macrumors 603

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    We only know the asking price. Presumably since these are still listed, they haven't sold.
     
  22. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Yep and those are the ones that don't sell. I can pull up a crap load of ads on craigslist for all kinds of things such as computers, cars, houses, etc. that NEVER sell because the asking price is too high. I know for a fact that in my city, any thing for a G4/5 Over $150 just gets reposted over and over again. The ones that are at $100 (or less) are the only ones that are removed (thus most likely sold).

    I assume you've been to this site called Ebay? Ever notice how a lot of the Buy It Nows sit there forever at outrageous prices. They sit there because no one is willing to pay those numbers. People tend to think their stuff is worth way more than it really is (especially Apple computers).
     
  23. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a

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    The only PowerPC G5's worth the money these days are the Dual Core models, or Late 2005-2006. They can still hold their own and keep up with youtube, flash etc..

    The other G5 models, especially the dual 2.7 and dual 2.5 I would stay away from due to their unstable LCS leaks.. As far as a G4? The only ones I can recommend would be the MDD 2003 with the quieter power supply and case fan.. running either at Dual 1.25 w/2MB L3 Cache and or Dual 1.42 w/2MB L3 Cache also.

    PowerBooks: I would say any 1.67 7447A/B should keep up somewhat.. The dual-layer is the best bang for the buck as the earlier G4 PowerBook Aluminums did not come with a dual-layer drive and DDR2 memory, though DDR2 is not fully realized until the G5.

    There is really no difference in performance with DDR MDD's either - again, architecture does not support double data memory speeds.

    I expect the G5 Quads to remain at the higher 350-400 for a used model... and only if its pristine and hardly used - around the 600-800 range.

    The rest of the G5's, including the 2.3 and 2.0 dual core models should be around 200-500, respectively. The only G5 model worthy of 85 dollars would be the single 1.6 PCI and 1.8 PCI/PCI-X model.

    Just my .02
     
  24. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Wherever you live, I'm buying a crap load of G5's in my area and bringing them to you. You'd be lucky to get half that here.
     
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    Hehe.. I would be interested in only Dual-Core and Quads as I know I could make a banging with those.. Think about it.. For those who just use the G5 for basics and some light editing, Leopard is still no slouch and neither are those machines. I could sell them 300 a piece for the Dual core 2.3/2.0 and 400 for the Quad G5.

    Couple that with the fact if they came with 16GB DDR2 memory and flashed Nvidia Geforce 7800GTX cards at 512MB a pop...

    If I was selling PPC machines, it would be the high end models of the G4 and G5 and the rest anyone can find.

     

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