Should I sell my new Mac Pro/Display for an iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jpsimon, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. jpsimon macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2002
    Hey guys, I'm in a weird situation. Recently I needed to buy a powerful desktop machine for work to handle some intensive after effects projects. I ended up getting:

    Mac Pro:
    dual quad-core 2.26ghz
    10gb ram (6gb original + 4gb 3rd party)
    640gb HD
    Radeon HD 4870
    AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi Card

    and a...

    24" Cinema Display

    for a total of $4023 after the educational discount.

    Since then I've seen the recent iMac benchmark tests and was very impressed. The past couple days I've been eyeing the 27" iMac... I'd get:

    2.8ghz core i7
    4gb ram (i'd up that an additional 10 or so after)
    1tb HD
    Radeon HD 4850

    for a total of $2079 after education discount

    Should I sell the new Mac Pro on ebay and pocket the difference (~$1000 best case scenario)?? I'd have a larger screen, some better performance in most tasks but slightly less performance in a couple things....

    I'm really leaning towards getting the iMac... what do you guys think??
  2. No ice please macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2009
    You should be able to get at least $2000 for the mac pro keep the 4gb of ram for the imac. If you sell the ACD you can spend the money from that on imac accessories or a MBA or macbook.
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Do you need the upgradeability of the Mac Pro? It has DDR3 ECC fully buffered ram versus the consumer DDR3. Also, you're missing out on the octo-core Nehalem workstation class processor versus the quad core consumer desktop class Core i7. If you don't care/want/need the extra performance/expansion, then why not? If you do, then keep the Mac Pro.
  4. jpsimon thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2002
    well those recent benchmarks showed the quad core iMac outperforming my current 8-core setup in a bunch of tests. I'd end up maxing out the iMac memory most likely to get the most out of it.

    I don't need the expandability of the Mac Pro... I feel like the iMac is just a better option for now. Plus I'd be getting a 3" larger screen...

    * I already have a 17" macbook pro
  5. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    What's the point?

    You're just going to want the new Mac Pro when it comes out in 3 months.
  6. jpsimon thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2002
    because I'd recoup some money and have a bigger screen with mostly the same if not better performance overall. I wouldn't get the new mac pro in 3 months either way so that doesn't enter into it.
  7. DEE9299 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2009
    Boston Mass.
    its comes down to what your needs are for now and in the future..... if the 27 imac will support your needs now and in the future then go for it but you will lose being able to take your macbook out with you...otherwise go for it
  8. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...make sure you can sell your MP for what "you want" out of it before you go spending on the iMac and losing a bunch of $$ over the new "want"...
  9. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008

    The way I see it is (according to your numbers) you will end up paying over $3000 for a 27" iMac because you'll lose $1k on your Mac Pro setup and pay $2k for the iMac. And that's if you don't upgrade the RAM in your iMac.

    I also wonder if this notion to get an iMac is made by the same mindset that bought the Mac Pro recently.

    If you're every going to need more than a 1TB of disc space or want to add a BR drive later on or a better vid card the MP is the way to go. If USB3 comes out or the new optical bus then there's a chance you can add a card to the MP to support that.

    Anyway don't know what you use your machine for and what you will use it for in the future so the only person that can really answer the question is yourself.

    Also we don't know what you'll get for your Pro and monitor if you resell it.

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