Mac Pro Advice

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by emmab2006, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. emmab2006 macrumors member

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    Hiya all , i am finally at the point where i am able to afford a 2006 Mac Pro as they have come down in price tremendously i am able to get a 2.66 Quad Mac Pro , with an 8800GTS 512MB , but the question is , even with the upgrades i could theoretically do to the beast , would i be better off getting another mac ? i am wanting to use for X Plane 9 or 10 , so graphics are a must , but looking at the Macbook Air's they outperform the 2006 mac pro , basically i am looking for friendly advice ! ,

    Thanks ,
     
  2. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    You can upgrade the processors and the graphics if you'd like. Although it isn't cheap. There are many threads on this forum and others about this.
     
  3. Melbourne Park macrumors 6502

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    Not the 2006 processors. And RAM is expensive for them too. The nehalem generation is easily upgradable. And their cards are faster too. A new refurb is now 1900.
     
  4. emmab2006 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies , yes the 2006 mac pro's processors are upgradable to 8 core , so thats not an issue , i have brought the 2006 mac pro just from ebay for £595 , i will upgrade , as it is still the fastest mac ive ever owned , i will keep you guys up to date with the upgrades if you like ? , i am on skype and msn all the time if u wanna chat :)

    Emma x
     
  5. paulrbeers, Jul 10, 2012
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    paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I picked up a 2006 Mac Pro recently as well (super cheap on Craigslist). I've already picked up the following:

    1. 2 - X5355 processors for $100
    2. 8GB (4 - 2GB) of used RAM for $56
    3. An Nvidia GT 440 Video Card* - $50

    The GT440 I picked up so I can run 3 monitors with my Mac Pro. Supposedly any Nvidia card (with the Nvidia provided drivers) will work with Mac Pros albeit without EFT boot screens (leaving my 7300GT should fix that). I haven't installed any of this yet as I am still waiting for the video card to arrive and the tool to remove the heat sinks from the processors. In the end I will have spent total (including the Mac Pro) less than $600 US and I'm going to be more than happy with that especially since the only reason I want it is to be able to run multiple VM's.
     
  6. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    I have a Mac Pro, and have upgraded the processors and some RAM. I do think it is a good machine, however if I had to do it over again, I would seek out the 2008 models with full 64 bit support.

    The 2006 MP is more than adequate, for most things. But, yes the most the most expensive things I paid for to upgrade were the Video card [8800GT], and the Processors.
     
  7. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a

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    If you have a Sears nearby, Craftsman Professional makes a long-handled T15 screwdriver that'll reach the heatsink screws. It was $5, when I bought one, a month ago. (I'll look up the part number when I get home.)
     
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Hmmm, I wonder if I might even have one of those. Crap! Didn't even think of that!
     
  9. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    I worry the 2006 will age quickly now that it isn't supported by Mountain Lion. I'm sure all the Snow Leopard users could deny that though. Keep in mind the 2008 models use very expensive RAM.
     
  10. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a

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    Sears Craftsman Professional # 47181

    It's *just* long enough, though the handle rubs on the case lip when working on the lowest two screws of the bottom heatsink.
     

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