Mac Pro or Z800 What to keep.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Stageshoot, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Stageshoot macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2013
    Central UK
    What a way to get thrown a curveball!!!

    I have just upgraded my Mac Pro and have been really happy with it..

    Final Upgraded Spec
    4.1 to 5.1 Firmware Flash
    3.33Ghz Hex Core W3680 CPU
    16Gb DDR3 RAM
    480Gb OWC PCIe SSD
    GTX970 Graphics

    The Mac Pro Cost me £675 UK including everything except the GTX970

    I have settled back into the Mac way of working, and it runs everything I want it run very nicely, but I just have that niggle that a dual CPU system is what I really need going forward.

    Then today I come across the following on fleabay.

    HP Z800 Workstation
    2x Xeon 3.33Ghz Hex Core x5680 CPUs
    96Gb DDR3 ECC RAM
    4Gb NVidia Quadro FX 5800 Graphics

    for £695 on Ebay.. Well I could not resist.

    The HP Z800 is about 1/2 what similar spec ones sell for in the UK normally

    So now the quandry, do I take the OWC 480Gb SSD and the GTX970 out of the Mac Pro chuck them in the Z800 and have the dream workstation that should keep me happy for the next 2 years. Living with Windows as a main operating system and OSX as a hackintosh option on it for playing around with (Had OSX on Z800 before and it works well)

    The Z800 is going to give me Top End Mac Pro horsepower and Ram or I could just sell it for a profit and live with the MMac Pro I have now!!!

    What to do...
  2. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    That's uhhh.... a darn cheap Z800. Do you mean you actually purchased it at that price? Wow.

    Yeah, I'd swap components.
  3. Verdenshersker macrumors member


    Oct 17, 2014
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    And then I will say... I still feel like the OS X is more appealing for me.
    There is noway, you can have both machines?

    Use the Z800 as a Working Horse with all the power and then keep the "low-end" Mac Pro for other stuff, when you need a Mac Pro?
  4. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2009
    United States
    Is there anything you use the computer for that will really take advantage of the dual CPUs and 96GB of RAM?
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    If you actually need workstation performance I'd go with the Z800. If the extra CPU is just going to be idle and waste electricity I'd stick with the Mac Pro.
  6. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    If I were in your shoes the MP would have already been on ebay.
  7. Stageshoot thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2013
    Central UK
    Yep purchased for that price.

    Collected it this morning, and its darn near mint condition (1 minor scratch), spec as stated and it runs like a dream, late model as well not built till May 2011 and went into Service Oct 2011

    Still pinching myself about the price!!!
  8. leon771 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2011
  9. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
  10. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    I'd sell the Z800 for what t's really worth & use the profit to upgrade the Mac Pro to a dual cpu system.
  11. Stageshoot thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2013
    Central UK
    Well its sorted,

    I kept the Z800 and am selling the Mac Pro

    The HP Z800 cost £695,
    But I dont want the Quadro FX5800 so have found a buyer for that for £295 as I am putting my existing GTX970 in it, I also have someone who wants 48Gb of RAM and has offered £250 for that (I think 48Gb is more than enough for my needs)

    So £695 - £295 - £250 = £150 Total Cost for 48Gb Z800 Dual X5680s :)

    Have thown in my GTX970 and OWC Asselsior 480Gb PCI SSD and it flies/

    Have installed OSX on spare 250Gb SSD and it runs OSX very will., Altough I will be using it mainly in Windows with OSX just to tinker on!!

    Now have a buyer for my Mac Pro - without the OWC SSD and with just its GT120 in it for £675 UK,

    So all in all not a bad couple of days, new toy to play with and in profit..

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