Spec me a Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by smogsy, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    will be buying a Mac Pro soonish, im debating on what specs to go with, so i thought you could help me out.

    Budget £5000 max. would like it cheaper though.

    Photoshop CS3
    Dreamweaver CS3
    Aperture 2 (3000+ images in RAW)
    Flash CS3
    some gaming (probably Crossover games)

    Current Equipment
    Samsung 30" & 24" HP LP2475w
    i already have wireless key/mouse (apple)

    spec me a mac pro
  2. vendettabass macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    I believe the Adobe apps aren't multicore yet, so I'd go with the One 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, with 6GB RAM, HD 4870.

    (thats £2,579.00).

    Add some HDD's and Intel's new SSD as a boot drive. Perfect!
  3. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    For 5,000 pounds you can buy the ultimate Mac Pro surely?

    but yeah, vendetta bass has it right :)
  4. surflordca macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Adobe apps aren't multicore but he will kick himself if Adobe starts supporting that and he wants to up grade his software to take advantage of it. Multicore as in 2x 2.26 is more future proof but if he doesn't see himself ever spending the money to upgrade his software than I would agree with you...
  5. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Not even close. Octo 2.93GHz is £4,600 new. £3,999 refurb.

    The refurb 2.66GHz (£3,099) and refurb 2008 3.2GHz (£2,499) systems are two of the best choices if processing power and cores are important. You can save £150 and £250 on the quad core refurbs.
  6. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    True, but even without the refurb, he has the displays already...so chuck in a 4870 and buy 6/12GB RAM.
    However, you have to admit, £5,000 is not a very limiting budget when buying a Mac Pro.........

    The base Mac Pro has 4 cores (or 8 virtual cores if you wish). That's still a hell of a machine for Photoshop if it ever gets multi-core enabled.
  7. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Right, but its not ultimate is it ;)

    24GB/32GB and SSDs are.
  8. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    an older dual core machine is just fine for photoshop... it will be MUCH faster than current macs if you do the following:
    old mac (2.66 dual - $1500) + SSD ($400) is much faster than a new bottom line mac pro for photoshop. Especially when loaded with RAM

    I love how on the mac pro forum, we state that the bottom end pros may not be good enough, but then on the macbook pro forum, fanboys state that the top end macbook pro is adequate for video, photo, etc.

    The 2006 mac pro dual core 2.66 is faster than most if not all current laptop offerings....

    Most MP horsepower is not used my most people except serious video editing in HD.
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Personally, I like the idea of refurbs. :D The '06 models are decent, and will work. But if the OP wants a bit faster, going to an '08 will offer the higher FSB and FB-DIMM clock. ;)

    As mentioned, even the 3.2GHz '08 is inexpensive (2,499GBP as per Umbongo's post), especially when compared to the '09's. :p The higher clock will help with single threaded applications quite well, so in this sense, it's a better choice than an upgraded '06, and even the 2.26GHz & 2.66GHz '09 Octad (~equivalent with the 2.93Ghz models). :eek: To me, this gives a LOT of bang for the pound. :D

    Given the software listed, it's also easier to implement an internal RAID, particularly if it's hardware based (SFF-8087 to 4x SATA fanout cable vs. traces on the logic board in the '09's). So it might be worth considering for this reason alone. ;)

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