Thinking of buying a Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fabriciom, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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    I've kinda want to buy a mac pro. I work with logic and my current setup is kind of buggy. Im not sure if its the machine or the software. Also the mac pros are so gawd dam expensive. I would also need to get a new soundcard because my RME 9632 is PCI which would mean another 500€. Any ways dont know what to do...
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    What to do? Wait for the new model. By that time you will have saved up a little more money.

    And if they're too expensive, buy a refurb of the current model after the new ones come out.
     
  3. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

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    I think that is the most logical solution unless you are in a desperate hurry for it.
     
  4. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought the new models where gonna include the 8 cores xeon but the rumor mill is saying that that is not likely. Im in no hurry, I would just like a nicely priced mac pro for about 2000€. Not too sure about the refurbished stuff. If they would state what they where refurbished for I might think about it. But since I don't know what they have done to the machine I wouldn't want to risk buying a lemon...
     
  5. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You risk less chance of buying a lemon when going the refurbished route. They are thoroughly tested before resale.
     
  6. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What is the link for refurbished items? I cant seem to find it...
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    They were never going to have Beckton.

    They will, however, have eight physical cores and 16 logical cores.

    Just do what I said to get the best value for your money if you can't afford a new one.

    Heck, provided that Apple doesn't screw Penryn users over, you might be able to use a graphics card from the Nehalem Mac Pro in the refurb if you buy one.
     
  8. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What is the bus speed in the current mac pros and what will be the bus speed of the coming pros? Also can i buy say a current mac pro with one cpu and buy a pair aftermarket xeons and install them? Or just another 2.8 to make it dual....
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Without upgrading the RAM or HDD from Apple, the computer is very cheap.
     
  10. rareflares macrumors regular

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    so true. i just configured a computer with almost the same specs on dell.com and hp and i was blown away how much more expensive they were. easily $500-1000. Buy refurbished an you'll be saving $1000-1500 over a similarly spec'd PC that doesn't have OSX.
     
  11. omikjam macrumors member

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    It might be cheaper than the competition, but €2240 (~$2921) is still a lot of money. :eek:
     
  12. fabriciom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You sir, must be rich. Lets not kid our selves here. Mac has improved pricing but they are still expensive. Base system with the 8800GT is 2.572,94€ in spain. I dont know for you but for me and here in general that is a whole lot of money basically two months pay for typical worker.
     
  13. Ploki macrumors 68020

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    thats 4 months pay for typical worker in my country (and yes, im from europe..)
     

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