Mac Pro 2009 Quad 2.66 -OR- 2008 Octo 2.8

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JasO, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. JasO macrumors regular

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    Hi guys,

    I'll be using the MacPro for mostly Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom. I'll also most likely watch movies on it and do all the usual day-to-day stuff. but primarily it will be used to do print advertisements (student work) and also a few TV ads. So which machine will be better for me? I'm thinking the 2.8 since the performance seems better and the fact that i can upgrade the ram will be beneficial to me.

    Just wondering if this is a good decision. I have been able to hunt down a 2008 2.8 Octo for AU$3,699 (RRP is AU$3,999) So i've been keen on this

    OR

    2009 Quad 2.66 for AU$ 4,099 edu price (RRP is $4499)



    2008 Octo 2.8
    PROs
    -cheaper
    - RAM price,
    Can get 16GB for (4GB models for the 08 & 09) - US$497.99
    Compared to -US$2,299.99 for the 2009 2.66
    (i think the ram is faster in the 09 machines though?)
    Can upgrade to the newest graphics cards (not a pro, but just something to keep in mind)

    2009 Quad 2.66
    Pros
    -More ram out of the box
    -Bigger HDD out of the box
    -Newest model
    -higher resale when you want to sell it (thats quite a while off for me)
    -newer graphics card - MiniDisplay port


    If I understand correctly, the the MacPro in the US is $2,499.00 and it was $2800 before? Either way I thought I read that the price has gone down. In other places of the world (Australia at least) The price has gone up :cool: So yeah, think of it with the Australian prices! Not the US prices. :eek:

    Just so you can see the benchmarks

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    Thanks all =)
     
  2. ceezy3000 macrumors 6502

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    i would recomend the octo mac pro just because i know my friend is in the same field of work as you are or rather does much of what u do and he couldnt be happier. also the overall expandability of the older mac pro is a big factor if i was choosing
     
  3. Tesselator macrumors 601

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  4. JasO thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I'm going to the apple store tomorrow, and hopefully I'll pick up a 2008 - 2.8. Unfortunately they keep persisting that they won't budge from the original RRP of AU$3999, which I think is very unkind since the new model is on their display desks.

    Also going to be picking up a DELL Dell UltraSharp 2209WA 22-inch Flat Panel Monitor for AU$459. It's not a ACD i know, but it's half the price of the 23" second hand fleeBay apple cinema displays (around AU$800ish for 2+ years old)

    After that i'll get some more ram and some more HDD space in there =D
     
  5. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Tell them you're a teacher and want a Educator's discount. :)

    Works for me. Of course I actually am... but they never asked for any kind of proof or anything. Just: "OK, we can offer ___________."
     

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