Please Help re Dual Core 2.0Ghz Purchase/Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AverageGuy, May 13, 2011.

  1. AverageGuy macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    I have followed Macs very closely in the past and have had many, mostly towers but all PowerMacs. I have been redoing my network in my house and decided to start buying Intel machines for myself and my kids. Rather than buying iMacs, I have wanted to buy machines that are highly upgradeable. However, my main activities will be office apps, my own website design and maintenance (mostly blogs), and lots of web surfing. I found a DC 2.0Ghz first generation Intel Mac Pro that someone I know was selling for $850, with a 20" Cinema Display, extra 750G Internal HD, KB, Mouse, Bose Speakers and ram upgrade from 1 to 5GB, for a total of about $1100. I have agreed to the deal, but in looking around wonder if it was a deal? It has no wireless, however I have a ethernet network in my house. I am not sure whether a Airport card is available for this model. I imagine that if I upgrade the ram, add a third hard drive, my 13 year old who will get the machine in a few months will have a good machine that he will be able to upgrade more than an iMac, for a fraction of the cost. Question is, how upgradeable is it? I tried to find a processor upgrade, at least to the higher standard 2.66 Dual Core and could not find it? Also, I have learned that the fans in the machine are processor specific. For what I have described, would I see a big bump from the 2.0 to the 2.66? Does this deal sound like I got hosed, or does it seem reasonable for the ability to upgrade and the purposes I described. I think I should have done my homework! I am feeling pretty crappy.
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007

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