Mac Pro - 2x Xeon Dual Core 2.0 GHz (4 cores total)

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  1. chuxdaddy macrumors member

    chuxdaddy

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    Megamacs.com is selling a Mac Pro with the following specs....

    Mac Pro - 2x Xeon Dual Core 2.0 GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive

    FEATURES:

    * 2x 2.0 GHz Intel Dual Core Xeon 5130 processors (4 cores total)
    * 1GB of RAM
    * 250GB Hard Drive
    * Dual Layer Super Drive (DVDRW/CDRW/DVD/CD)

    They want $1130 for this. Is this a good price?
    My main need for a quad core computer is mainly Logic Pro and Pro Tools.

    I love the mac pro for the expandibility, I currently have a mac mini 2.0 c2d. I'm not a professional musician, just a hobbyist.
    Thank you in advance for your input.
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  3. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    By that logic, the current 8 core and 12 core models are only 4 and 6 cores.... The MacPro that the OP is referencing is actually a quad core.
     
  4. neckarb macrumors regular

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    No very good specs but it's got potential, With a CPU upgrade to Oct core and some more RAM etc nothing to say it couldn't be good. I bought a 2.66 Dual 5150 for about the same price now these are my specs:

    2 x x5355 @2.66ghz Oc'd to 3.2ghz (in Windows)
    12GB Ram
    1.5TB WD Green
    2 x OCZ Vertex 2's 60GB SSD RAID 0 (Mac OS X Boot)
    Ati 5870+5970 Trifire in Windows
    1 x Crucial C300 64Gb SSD + 6GB/s SATA CARD (Windows 7 Pro x64)
    Blu-Ray Drive

    My entire set up including the basic system that I bought has set me back the same price as a the cheapest 2.8ghz Quad 2010 (Well about £300 over, It cost £2,300 all told)

    I'm pretty happy and it's been an awesome project. So if your'e happy to put in the time and some more money you could accomplish loads with it. I say go for it!
     
  5. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    This is the oldest Mac Pro you can get, with the slowest processor option, and an ancient video card. It also has inherent limitations on upgrade ability.

    If this is the absolute limit of your budget, this is probably the best you can do for a Mac Pro. If I bought it, I would heavily exercise the machine in all possible ways during the 30 day return period to make sure nothing is wrong.

    If you can afford $500 more now, you can get a brand new 2009 model with a 1 year Apple warranty. It will be a massive upgrade over the used $1100 one, and have much greater upgrade potential in the future.
    http://www.costcentral.com/proddetail/Apple_Mac_Pro/MB871LLA/U83343/
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Quite hefty price IMO. That machine isn't very "future-proof" and if you upgraded the CPUs, you would end up spending more and in that case, a used 2009 Mac Pro would cost around the same.
     
  7. neckarb macrumors regular

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    True enough if that is your budget then steer clear, but I think that with some cash there's nothing to say it can't be good, I think I did well with mine no?
     
  8. chuxdaddy thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for this website, I will check it out!
     

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