Mac Pro 2006, Worth Buying?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Des Zac, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Des Zac macrumors regular

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    I want to buy a mac that is compatible with Lion and will be compatible for maybe 1 to 2 more OS's. Would a Mac Pro 2006 work? Since they still use Xeon in the most recent release I was hoping that would hint at a long lifespan. Up to 32GB of RAM, that's eight times the crap PC we have, the one that I desperately want to replace. Would this be a great replacement?

    Here are my concerns:

    #1: It says it game with an Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT, and we have an Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT in our PC, would it be compatible?

    #2: Could I use our hard drives with Windows on them with it and be able to access them just like we were on our PC in Dual Boot?

    #3: Is it reliable? Did they break often or will that not be as much of a concern with the Mac Pro?


    Thanks for all of the help,

    -Zach
     
  2. lewdvig macrumors 65816

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    I have one that I got last year. Other than using lots of power, it is awesome.

    Mine has 16 GB, upgraded to two quad cores and a RADEON 5770.

    Having the five disk bays is awesome - I have RAID and Time machine in the one box and plan to add an SSD and Boot Camp partition.
     
  3. tersono macrumors 68000

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    1: No, your video card won't work - it would need a Mac-compatible BIOS. It my be possible to flash it, however.

    2. No. You'll need to install boot camp (or Parallels) first - THEN install Windows.

    3. Yes, they're pretty much bomb-proof.

    Sounds like a good option - provided the price is right. Just bear in mind that a current i7 iMac will probably be noticeably faster.
     
  4. Des Zac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Although the i7 iMac is over 4* the price :D
     
  5. Daud macrumors regular

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    I had Mac Pro shortly several months ago (got it for $800 and spent $200 on memory and Xeon 3.0 upgrade)and now I am on Mac mini 2.5.

    You have not told us about how you would use the Mac. Unless you need the flexibility of the multiple HD bays, I think it is not a right purchase, unless you get it for $500.

    Negs: memory is expensive and only clocks at 800MHz. It draws a lot of electricity and makes lot of heat. It might not pass the next OS evolution.

    Consider strongly the 2.5GHz Mini.
     
  6. Des Zac thread starter macrumors regular

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    They're around 400 on ebay. I want to talk my parents into getting a current-gen mini but I want them to be able to keep all of the data from the PC without having to have any external storage devices... that's why I wanted a Pro. I'm planning on buying it myself, so I don't want to spend any more than $500.
     

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