the painful choice for mere mortals...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by snouter, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    There is more than just the computer. I already have good monitors.

    But still, it makes sense, if you are coming all this way to upgrade the video card ($200) and getting four 4GB ram sticks will run another ($600).

    This makes the 3.2 quad $3500 and the 3.33 six core $4500.

    Makes sense to consider a 256GB SSD ($600) at some point as well.

    Now the Prices are $4100 and $5100 to properly kit out either machine.

    Taxes add a couple hundred more to the above.

    Seems like only yesterday the 3.2 Octo was the common, now we beg the man to please, please, just give us one hyperthreading quad core, please!

    The six core would be joy, and its resale would be easy and see a fair price. Is that enough to warrant the missing $1000 up front?
  2. psychometry macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2006
    Don't buy any of your upgrades from Apple. Get that **** from OWC or NewEgg and spend half as much.
  3. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I'm contemplating on the 3.2GHz QUAD or the 3.33GHz 6 core but man a $1000 more for 2 more cores and 130MHz more?

    I think the best deal is to get the 3.2GHz QUAD and save yourself the $1000. Sure the 6 core looks cool and its made with the 32nm process but is it worth the $1000 more?? I can get a 13" 2.4GHz macbook pro from microcenter ($999) with that much more!

    Also for most people that 3.33GHz wouldnt be that much faster as to the 3.2GHz. At least Apple is giving us some type of deal (pretty much drop in price of the 3.2GHz model) as its pricing just before the update was the same price as the current 6 core Mac Pro.
  4. snouter thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    um, yeah, the video card is prolly best from Apple, but the ram and ssd would obviously be after market
  5. eponym macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    You're completely ignoring the 50% larger L3 cache and faster RAM.

    Is it worth the extra $1,000? Maybe not if you're just planning to use it for ~2 years. But if you want to stretch out the life of the Pro over 4+ years, absolutely. As software gets better, the speed differences will grow wider and wider.

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