Mac pro buying advise

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by David-fr, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,

    Need some input from ya'll. I came across a first gen, quad core 2.66 ghz xenon mac pro. It looks like is all stock, except for the ram, it has 9gb, for 170 usd :D

    My needs are for a machine that is always on, or can wake up on demand, that is headless and runs windows 7.

    I use windows 7 media center as a dvr and cable box through a cable card decoder (HD Home run prime). This machine is in my walk in closet and my xbox 360 at multiple rooms connect to this machine via windows media center extender to watch recorded channels or live tv.

    The problem with my current machine is that is old. It runs a c2d, is a HP slim line machine, it needs to go. I can't stream to more than 2 xbox as the machine's resources struggle and the output bandwidth gets clogged. I have all wired through gigabit ethernet.

    I also have a 2012 mini, which i thought of using for this porpuse, but came accross this mac pro and is a hard deal to pass, I think.

    My concerns with the pro are: Power, seems too power hungry? Noise? How does it compare in terms of power against my other electronics? TV, fridge, etc.. Is this a good deal? I'd be happier having another mini for this purpose, but for that money i can built a windows machine that is small too. So yeah, main concern is how energy efficient this machine is? At idle, sleeping and then while on.

    Thank you!!

    Oh, and why can't this run Yosemite?
     
  2. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know the power consumption specifics for a 1,1 which I guess is what you are looking at; but when I put my 4,1 quad core machine on the kill-a-watt meter I seem to recall it coming in around 200 watts, and I have 4 drives in it. I expect the machine you are looking at would draw no more and probably less.

    Is it a good deal? Maybe, if it runs what you need it to run.
     

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