Mac Pro 4.1 purchase dilemma, Please Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Flocarino, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Flocarino macrumors member

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    OK, here's the situation:
    I want to buy a ''new'' Mac Pro 4.1 and I have 2 offers:
    1-Mac Pro Intel Xeon Quad Nehalem 2.66 Ghz 8GB RAM 640GB HDD for $1000
    2-Mac Pro Intel Xeon Quad Nehalem 2 x 2.26 GHz - RAM 6 GB - 640 GB - GF GT 120 for $1200

    They are configured basically the same with the exception of Single VS Dual Processors.

    Which one would you guys choose? Let me know Please?
    Thanks
     
  2. minifridge1138, Oct 24, 2011
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    minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, you haven't said what you plan on doing with your mac, so everything is just a guess work.

    Personally, i'd go with #2 (i did in real life and paid a good bit more than $1200). Especially since it's only $200 more than #1.

    You'll probably want to upgrade the HD and memory regardless of which one you get.

    Tests that aren't multi-threaded may perform better on #1, but you'll be able to throw a lot more work at #2 before you notice any drop in performance.
     
  3. Flocarino thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll only use the Mac Pro at home for gaming, surfing the net and some light Photoshop & Video Editing...but VERY little.
     
  4. Xanix, Oct 24, 2011
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    Xanix macrumors member

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    Hello. I think I know the Mac Pro's you're talking about…;)
    The 2.66 is 1.399€ and the 2x2.26 is 1.899€, plus 59€ for shipment. Right?

    Well, If I were you, from what you've written, I would go for the 2.66 Ghz. Apply the 2010 firmware hack, then swap the cpu for a W3680.

    For less then 2.000€ you can have a great performer. Don't forget to replace the GPU in the 2012's Mac Pro refresh.

    Regards
     
  5. Flocarino thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you mean???:confused:
     
  6. Xanix macrumors member

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    The Geforce GT 120 is a weak graphic card. If you're thinking of games on Windows you need to consider a new one. The Mac Pro probably is going to be updated on 2012; maybe with a 6xxx series or a 7xxx series graphic card.

    Regards
     
  7. Flocarino thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, thanks.
    Still, I'm hesitating between the 2 models....

    ...maybe the Single 2.66, upgrade the RAM and GPU and later the CPU to a six core!?
     
  8. Xanix macrumors member

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    What you should consider:

    1) What you'll use the Mac Pro for
    2) How much money you want to spend
    3) Costs of upgrades

    #Don't forget this; in the mono is easy to replace the cpu. The dual is hard! You can easily break the cpu's board…

    Take you're time and think well!

    Regards
     
  9. W1MRK macrumors 6502

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    I think it would be a good setup but I agree it needs a new GPU. I would shoot for the 1200. Not much more and you will probably regret if you don't.
     
  10. Flocarino thread starter macrumors member

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    It's a split decision and I know I won't try to upgrade the CPUs in the Dual 2.26Ghz as it is too risky while in the Single 2.66 it's fairly easy, after all I upgraded my MP 1.1 to Dual 3.0Ghz 5365's.;)
     
  11. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    this is a no brainer buy the single cpu quad core 2.66 put in a hex cpu end of story. based on your workload you don't need the dual cpu
     
  12. toxic macrumors 68000

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    let's be honest, he doesn't need a quad either...
     
  13. zephonic macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure about those prices??? That is too good to be true...
     
  14. Flocarino thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I am, that's why the temptation.
    2 Local offers on the classified ads here in Canada.
     
  15. lewdvig macrumors 65816

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    when you decide, point me to the one you don't take as I would buy either one.
     
  16. Enny5 macrumors member

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    4.1

    Canadian here i have 2.66 early 2009 mac pro 4.1 just installed 12 gb memory and its awesome i do graphic and editing. So i would go with 2.66 since you don't even need this one.

    But my question is this you guys are saying that in 2.66 mac pro 4.1 you can switch cpu i was repeatedly told that i cant do this in my machine.

    and philipma1957 what do you mean hex cpu? if i can switch cpu on my mac how is it done.

    thanks
     
  17. firedownunder macrumors regular

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    Either one is a steal. I paid $1200 for my quad, same ram with 3.5TB's storage and couldn't be happier. For what you want it's overkill (for a lot of us!), but for those prices you can't go wrong. Since you game, get the quad and use the extra $200 towards a gpu upgrade. My two cents. Cheers.
     
  18. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    where are you all finding 2009 machines for these prices? i haven't seen any for much less than $2000

    like others have said the single processor machine is a lot easier to upgrade and will probably work for you.
     
  19. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    OP, don't buy stolen goods ;) :p :D

    Get SP (2.66), flash it to 5.1 and upgrade to hex. It still will be a bargain.
     
  20. Flocarino thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I 'll go with the Dual 2.26Ghz, just because the other guy with the Single hasn't answered me back and I really don't want the opportunity to pass me by.
    I'll surely miss the CPU upgrade part but hey, I'll get a GPU and RAM instead:D
     
  21. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    I think that's the best way to go.
    If you're just going to get a 2.66 ghz single processor, you might as well buy a new mac mini, save a few hundred dollars, AND get a warranty.
     
  22. lewdvig macrumors 65816

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    ... and don't forget about me. I want to buy one of these.

    :apple::apple::apple:
     
  23. Flocarino, Oct 26, 2011
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    Flocarino thread starter macrumors member

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    Got the Dualie 2.26Ghz and it was a nice surprise to say that I hit the jackpot.
    First, I got it for $1100 and now for the surprises:
    1) The guy from whom I purchased it is a local TV producer and I recognized him right away...seen him on TV :)...he was clearing his studio of equipment.
    2) The Mac Pro is a BUILT TO ORDER and none of the specs written above in the description, his own description, were right....beside the processors :)
    3) It comes with 2 x 640GB drives, 12GB of RAM, ATI Radeon 4870, Bluetooth, Superdrive and surprise BluRay Drive:D
    4) To top it off...it is still under Apple Care Warranty until next year;)

    What else can I say.....I'm a happy camper.
     
  24. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    Very good deal. Congrats, from what I can find at least on eBay a machine like that is going for around 2k here in the states
     
  25. firedownunder macrumors regular

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    Got mine on Ebay. Wanted a 2009 (fit my budget), looked for a few months. Most were going for $1600 or so (buy it now, auctions typically were higher). Happened to be bored at work one day, logged on, there it was, just posted. Did a quick check to verify model and pulled the trigger. It's always a gamble, but couldn't be happier. Did some mods, added extra drives, so far so good!

    Congrats to the OP, you hit a home run. Enjoy.
     

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