should I buy a macpro with damaged case?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by orph, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. orph macrumors 68000


    Dec 12, 2005
    Iv seen an advert for a macpro 5.1 2.8ghz quad (i gess) with a apple display but the macpro's case is damaged, back leg has been deformed


    Is it worth even thinking about buying a macpro with such a damaged case & should i ask how the macpro was damged?

    what kind of price is it worth, it got an asking price of £450 (UK)

    all advice welcome

    ps Im using a macpro 3.1 2.8ghz 8 core is a 5.1 single 2.8ghz a big speed up or worth waiting for a higher core count macpro?

    (i can link to the advert if it helps)
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Is there any way you can check it out before money changes hands?

    Cosmetic damage is one thing, but damage like that looks like the machine was dropped, which means other problems could be lurking.

    I'd insist on a steep discount, and being able to check the system out fully before buying.
  3. orph thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 12, 2005
    Iv not been in contact with the seller yet, it's on gumtree and I can travel to the location so ruining a system test on it should be ok I assume
  4. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    If it was just dropped yesterday it may take time for the damage to become apparent. Even the journey home could finish it off. I'd avoid it.
  5. orph thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 12, 2005
    thanks mw360, one thing about buying one that damaged is it make me nervous about selling my old macpro 3.1 in case it brakes.
  6. jjhoekstra macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2009
    I own/have owned two of those and my brother and me refurbish old MacPro's to earn a bit of pocket money. Based on experience, and seeing the deformation my guess is that it dropped pretty hard as the Pro-cases are very sturdy. So the chance for internal damage is very real. I would wait for another one popping up in the adverts.
  7. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
    It's probably fine. And while I can't speak to UK prices specifically, the asking does seem well discounted. you can always offer less.
    I've seen this plenty and have several bent machines in service at the office. they all work fine. I did test them before accepting but none have failed.

    I've also had personally a 1,1 damaged many years ago that was my primary home machine for years. I still have it and it still works, it's just time for something more.

    If the damage doesn't block access to the inside, and you are okay with a wobbly machine. then this is a chance at a real bargain.
  8. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    £450 (UK) seems not a bad deal if just the leg is damaged. And be aware that damage to the case like that may cause strange noise when the machine is running (e.g. metal oscillation sound).
  9. rx7dude macrumors regular


    Mar 29, 2011
    I bought a Powermac 5 years ago with the same type of damage.
    Now 10 years old, still runs like a champ.
    Those case are tough.
    Keep in mind though the resell will suck.

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