Should i Sell my mac pro and go PC

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by enny001, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. enny001 macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2013
    Hi guys i have mac pro 4.1 2009 2.66ghz and 12 gb ram its nice machine. I can sell this machine for 2000 i am thinking of selling it and building my self pimp out pc i am editor and 3d fx artist who needs power horse for rendering and all other things i don't have Mooney to upgrade mac right now or buy new one saving for a house . So my question is if i can build kick ass PC for 2000. And what would you recommend intel or amd cpu?

    Thanks for help
  2. ClassObject macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2010
    If you can sell that machine for 2K you should. It really is worth less than half that.
  3. Oudinot macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2013
    Birmingham, AL USA
  4. enny001 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2013
  5. Anim macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2011
    Macclesfield, UK
    What rendering and editing software do you currently use?
  6. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    For the mac pro 4.1 2009 2.66ghz, the average selling price nowadays is around $800 to $900. Sorry to say, at $2000 might be hard to find a buyer at that price level.
  7. chevalier433, Jan 17, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014

    chevalier433 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2011
    If you have the money go new mac pro or wait to "fill the gap" if not build a hackintosh with 4770k like me the performance is amazing;)
  8. Fastsavage macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2011
    Christchurch New Zealand
    You could always upgrade your processor and add more RAM - way cheaper - plenty of threads on Macrumors about upgrades
  9. 2128506, Jan 17, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014

    2128506 macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2013
    Heart of Mordor

    Depends on your definition of "kick-ass" of course, but last time I've checked the ones I consider "kick-ass" are $3K+.

    GTX 780Ti is $700+ alone, and you need two of those to achieve real "kick-assness". :) 6-core i7 is $800+, etc.
  10. sickntired macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2012
    Would it help to see if installing Windows on it through Bootcamp works for you rather than buying a new PC?
  11. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
    If this is a dual chip unit then you may be looking at $1200
    If this is a single chip unit you are looking at $800

    Give or take depending on quality of the case (wear, damage, etc)

    If someone is offering you $2000 sell it and buy yourself a dual processor unit.
  12. enny001 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2013
    I usualy use cinema 4d and Houdini for a bit of particle work nothing big and lots of video editing editing I love this machine never give me any problems its just getting old but i am thinking what can i build for 2000 dollars in PC world and if it is worth it. I went to local computer store Canada computers and guy told me that he can build me good PC for 1500, so wondering if i should stay or go
  13. gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2009
    I have a 3,1 Octo, would never sell it for the current values, I built an i7 Sandybridge Hack to go with it.
    They both do a great job.
  14. flyingmanatee macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2014
    Having done contract work for two Comedy Central TV shows and one Amazon Prime show with several friends working in the industry for Video, honestly, going to Windows isn't a bad idea.

    I can name three TV shows I know for a fact dropped Final Cut Pro for Avid after the FCPX debacle. Also the new Mac Pro has severely put a dampener on the audio guys as well, as Hollywood mostly uses Protools and the proposition of either rebuying audio gear to replace PCIe interfaces has even audio guys considering Windows. Since Avid is cross platform, you're not locked into the Apple hardware.

    I'm married to the OS itself and fortunately web development isn't nearly as hardware intensive. OS X is the better OS (especially for web development, as there's a level of insanity running emulated bash for things like Node.js in Windows) but for A/V, two fields Apple has traditionally called its bread and butter are more fluid than its ever been before.
  15. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    What makes that a good build for his uses? You can grab a 6 core for $600. The performance difference doesn't justify the higher cost model. He would likely see more benefit from one Titan than 2 780s unless he doesn't need double precision and uses software that scales across multiple gpus (not that likely given his use cases).
  16. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2011
    He is a 3dfx artist not a gamer why go GTX 780Ti:confused:

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