Mac Pro Purchasing (Edu vs Dev vs Refurb)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Bartman01, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Bartman01 macrumors regular

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    My next system is likely going to be an 8 core 2.66 system with 12GB of RAM. Still at least a couple of months off from purchasing (unless Apple decides to do a speed bump first - not holding my breath).

    Just doing the math (no taxes included for simplicity) it looks like:
    Full retail = 4999
    Edu disc = 4529 (470 savings)
    Dev disc = 3999 + 499 dev fee (501 savings)
    Refurb w/ OWC memory = 4314 (685 savings)

    So as of now it appears that if I don't mind doing refurb then that is the cheapest route.
    For a brand new machine, the developer discount (if I have the right numbers) is the cheapest even factoring in the cost of the membership fee.

    Do I have the developer price correct for an ADC Select member?
    If so, the ADC route seems to make the most sense since for only 185 more than the refurb I get a new machine + access to ADC tools.

    Am I missing anything?
    Is the ADC just a one year deal for the $499?
     
  2. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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  3. Bartman01 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't qualify.
     
  4. wfoster macrumors 6502a

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  5. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    If "new" matters to you and you want ADC tools, I would say the choice seems pretty obvious. You may still want to consider getting RAM from OWC in that case.
     
  6. Bartman01 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Upgrade to 12GB from Apple = 300.
    12GB from OWC = 315
    Granted with OWC I can get some $$ back for the 6GB basic RAM, but for the slight difference it is easier to have a 100% Apple system in case of issues.
     
  7. Bartman01 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Access to development tools, forums, and pre-release software:
    http://developer.apple.com/
     
  8. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Er... Go down the street find some strolly student and get them to buy it.. provided your not asking for a refund after a couple of weeks Apple don't really give two hoots. Just when you register the machine for AppleCare, put it in your own name not the kid who bought it.

    If you think that doesn't work, I got all my Apple gear via a student friend, managed to save a packet.. and my friend, he's a PC guy, has no interests in Mac's... It's a win win situation!
     

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