Sell MBP for Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by adamvk, May 11, 2009.

  1. adamvk macrumors 65816

    adamvk

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    Well Currently I have an unibody Macbook Pro. I've started to notice it isn't as fast as I hoped it would be in regards to CAD performance. So I am looking at the possibility of selling my MBP and buying either a current generation Mac Pro, or a last generation Mac Pro. The problem is that I don't want to spend too much extra money on the Mac Pro. I figure I can sell my Macbook Pro for $1700 or so.

    Would the graphics performance be a LOT better on the current generation Mac Pro?

    What about the last Mac Pro w/ 2.6GHZ Xeon, 4GB of ram, and 8800GT?

    Thanks.

    Also if anyone has recommendations on where to buy a Mac Pro, let me know :)

    My budget is only $2500, but that also would need to include monitor.
     
  2. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    remember you need to get a monitor with that too (if you dont already have one.) What about a 24" iMac with the ATI 4850?
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I don't think that the iMac would make a tremendous amount of difference in performance that it would be worth selling the MacBook Pro. The Mac Pro would be a much more appreciable difference and much more worth the hassle in getting IMO.

    As to the OP, I would get the Mac Pro if you're not satisfied with the performance of the MacBook pro. I've seen the stock Octo 2.8GHz Mac Pros hovering around $2000-2100, so you could pick up one of those. Add 4GB of RAM for ~$100, a 23/24" monitor for ~$200 and a GeForce 8800GT for ~$200. Then you would have a very formidable machine that would be a lot faster than the MacBook Pro that it would be replacing.
     
  4. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    He is after graphics performance. ATI Radeon 4850 is far better than an 8800 GT.
     
  5. jnc macrumors 68020

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    The 4870 is compatible with last-gen Mac Pros... problem solved :)
     
  6. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

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    $200 over budget at least though!
     
  7. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well thanks guys for help so far. :)

    I will admit, an iMac w/ 4850 is VERY tempting, considering I could get it with 8GB of ram, a large HDD, and it comes with a 24" display.

    Or I could just keep my MBP...I'm so torn on what to do....
     

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