Quad core mac pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hyroboarder, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. hyroboarder macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2006
    I'm looking into the mac pro right now. With my educator's discount, I can get a 2.8 ghz quad core from the apple store for $2149. I don't think I need 8 cores for running stuff like Final cut or photoshop, can any high end programs utilize 8 cores efficiently yet? My problem with macs in general is the lack of upgradeability. Obviously with the mac pro and its numerous memory banks and hdd slots, the computer will be more future proof than say, an imac. So do you think it would be wise to get a mac pro with the main focus being upgradeability, or would it not pay for itself in the long run?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    If you're going to get the quad get the US$1,999 refurbished one when it's in store.
  3. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    The mac pro is by far the most upgradeable mac. So from that standpoint, the mac pro is the choice for you.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Just the GPU upgrades, memory, HDs, and optical choices alone will make the Mac Pro worthhwile -- even if your only opt for the single CPU.
  5. jroller macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    I have a Mac Pro. It is a fantastic machine and I know you will be happy with it. Incredible build quality -- just open the side and admire the workmanship when you get it.

    I think programs are catching up with the processing ability of modern cpu's. In fact, Apple is focusing primarily on tightening up its current OS (Leopard) in the new version (Snow Leopard), its next release. This is a machine that will last 5-8 years easy and, in that time frame, you will benefit from more cores.

    If you are regularly working in Final Cut Studio or with other demanding programs and can afford the Pro, there is no question that I would recommend the Mac Pro over the iMac every time.

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