Possibly Looking...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by trewyn15, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. trewyn15 macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    Hey all, I am possibly looking for a Mac Pro. I am wondering how far back I can go while still maintaining an Intel processor, or at least be able to update to the most recent update from Apple.

    I would like something of this type:


    I won't be used heavily for any major editing things or things requiring a lot of processing power, but I would like one just for word processing and web surfing.

    Any suggestions of what to look for or where?

  2. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
  3. ChuckBlack macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2010
  4. trewyn15 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    Something about that tower is just doing it for me right now lol but I need an intel based processor.

    Is there a for sale section here? Don't think I have enough posts lol

    PM me more details?


    Also curious, what will run pre-mavericks? Snow Leopard I think? I forget, been away from Macs a bit lol
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I'm not sure I would go with the oldest that is compatible with Mavericks. You might want to go a little newer than that just so there's a chance it will get OS upgrades longer.
  6. trewyn15 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    To be honest, I'm not overly worried as I believe my girlfriend is on like Snow Leopard without any issues. But I would like to stay up to Snow Lion, or Mountain Lion (I forget which is the newest, so I apologize here) so I can continue to use Chrome and such programs.
  7. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    hmm, all Macs desktop and notebooks uses Intel processors. And for you needs, unless the Tower Mac Pro is cheaper then a new iMac, I see little reason to get the Tower Mac Pro
  8. trewyn15 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    You're talking about all the current ones? I'm looking at the older ones.
  9. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Yeah, cause it'll depend on how much cheaper you're getting the tower Mac Pro compared to just buying a new iMac.
  10. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    not all intel macs are cool with Mavericks.
    They need 64 bit support, and the early intel Macs like the Mini, some Macbooks and iMacs have coreduo or core2duo chips that dont have 64 bit.
    Those machines are so old now that it is hardly worth looking at them.
    (especially the old overheating iMacs!)
  11. Anim macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2011
    Macclesfield, UK
    Various older year models can be found by "Scrumpymacs" on Ebay. They come pre-updated with various options. I was originally looking at them myself. He also gets his Graphic Cards from Mac Vid cards so they will be EFI modded.

    I think he is in the UK though.

    No idea of his reputation other than his seller rating though.

    Where are you based?
  12. trewyn15 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    I'm in the United States, Wisconsin to be exact, so shipping there might be a bit of a pain lol

    I'm thinking to get exactly what I want I'm going to need to build up a bit more of a budget.

    What is the price range for these things these days?
  13. trewyn15 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2013
    One other thing, what is the latest that G5 Power macs can run?
  14. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    Mavericks compatibility is not so much about the flavor of the processor, but on the EFI and the graphics card. Mavericks needs EFI64.


    A powermac G5 can only run up to 10.5.8. No Chrome for you. iTunes 10.6.3, Safari 5.0.6, iWork '09, iLife '09...

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