So I'm thinking about buying a Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bblovestech, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. bblovestech macrumors newbie

    bblovestech

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    Hi so I have a very small budget for a new media center computer (yes I know that the mac mini is problem the way to go) and I was wondering if I should buy a Mac Pro 1,1 with top of the line specs or buy a base line bare bones 3,1 Mac Pro and upgrade the RAM, SSD/HDD, and video card.
     
  2. MentalVizion macrumors regular

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    I'd suggest you a 4,1 single CPU model. It is perfectly upgradeable and quite cheap to get nowadays.

    Do the 4,1-->5,1 firmware hack allowing you to install Westmere CPU's and faster RAM. Make sure to install atleast Mountain Lion so you can pop in a nice graphics card. RAM upgrade should be self explanatory.

    I don't see a point in buying a 1,1 model nowadays. The 4,1 models sell for not much more and give you quite a few more hassle-less options in terms of upgrading.
     
  3. bblovestech thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice and I found a cheap (for a Mac Pro) 4,1 and I think its the one http://www.ebay.com/itm/APPLE-A1289...ON-8GB-OSX-10-10-640GB-Warranty-/191545611740
     
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