[MOD CHANGE] Mac Pro Buying Advice

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by turaco, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. turaco macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I am buying a Mac Pro 1.1 quad core intel xeon 5150, 2.66ghz, 6 GB RAM running osx 10.7.5 for around $400....is it a good deal?

    I am not familiar with macs, but I really want to get away from windows....so this might be the perfect time for me to switch.

    Thanks for any help in advance!
  2. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    MacPro 1,1

    it is a good deal if you can answer YES to both these questions

    1) Is the machine in 100% working order, hard disk not corrupted, etc. etc.

    2) Are you willing to NEVER upgrade the operating system (as Mountain Lion and beyond will NOT work on this computer)
  3. turaco thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2011
    1. it seems that way, but not sure
    2. I guess I would be ok with it for the price....but is the OS upgrade dependant on the processor, motherboard, or both?

    Thanks SDDave!
  4. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    1. I wouldn't worry too much about the internals - hard drives & video cards are easily replaced - ram however, is quite expensive for a 1,1.

    2. Unless you are willing to go the hackintosh route, you will be stuck at 10.6.8 - that isn't necessarily a bad thing - I have been there for a while. I haven't seen anything in 10.7 or 10.8 that makes me say "I gotta have that." 10.7 & 10.8 integrate more of the iToys interface into the desktop operating system.

    The 1,1 & the 2,1 have a 32-bit kernel - the OS installer checks for this & refuses to install. It is fairly easy to go the hackintosh route, however if you desire to do so.

    The most important thing to understand is that the 1,1 and the 2,1 have reached the end of their lifespan, as far as Apple is concerned.
  5. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    Not true, a 1,1 can install and run Lion 10.7.x just fine natively, but it cannot go to Mountain Lion 10.8.x.

    If the machine does what you need then its fine, and as others have said, it can be upgraded as well.
  6. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    32bit EFI which prevents them from booting the 64bit Kernal
  7. turaco thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2011
    alright guys, quick update...I ended up bying it for $360 including a magic pad (with receipt) and a bluetooth keyboard (with receipt).

    I am actually pretty excited, my first mac :D:D:D
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Have fun!

    remember drag downloaded application to the applications folder don't double click..

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