Mac Pro 2006 gaming rig?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ojwk, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. ojwk macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2007

    I've just been given a 2006 Mac Pro. Its pretty archaic, 2.66GHz Xeon, 1GB Ram and a 250GB HD.
    I'm trying to decide whether to get rid of it or update it and use it for gaming.
    I only want to play some old games but I want high framerates. Call of Duty 4, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Wolf ET etc..
    I wouldn't bother running OS X on it as I think it can only go up to Lion. Windows 7 would be fine as i'd only be using it for gaming.

    My plan would be to update to the following:
    8GB RAM
    128GB PCIe storage
    Windows 7
    The best GPU I can get

    I have a few questions:

    1. As I'd just be using Windows 7 and not Mac OS, could I just stick in any old PC graphics card?
    2. Is there anywhere I can get compatible cheap RAM? I'd rather get it second hand as opposed to shelling out top dollar for 7 year old technology..
    2. Would I be better off ditching the Mac Pro and just putting together a cheap gaming rig? I don't know how good the Xeon processor it has is for gaming.

  2. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I wouldn't bother you can install Yosemite with a little messing about like I did and it runs great but for gaming its not worth it, Windows 7 64 bit is a pain to install, Ive tried multiple times with no success. Its still a fantastic machine in my opinion but I do sometimes feel like I need to upgrade, like when editing footage from my new Blackmagic camera, it just struggles, so in a years time I think it will really be useless so I wouldn't bother.
  3. resale macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2013
    Go with the onboard sata 2 drive bays for your ssd. The 2006 Mac Pro has Pci-e 1.0 but has sata 2. Sata 2 has the higher bandwidth so using the pci bus would be a waste of money for slower storage.

    Windows 7 as said before is a pita to install for sure, but I've done it on an old 1,1 I used to have.

    Ram can be found relatively cheaply on eBay as well as the 3.0Ghz quad-core processors that is the max your machine can take.

    And since you're running windows you can stick any graphics card in you please, as long as it only has 2 6-pin power connectors on the side.

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