Upgrade MacPro 2006 to 2008

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by eric1122, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. eric1122, Jun 28, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2012

    eric1122 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2011

    My Mac Pro 2006 recently failed :/

    I took it to an Apple store where they said I would need to pay £380 for a new Logic Board. I don't want to pay this as there should be nothing wrong as it works in Target Disk Mode and also starts up and runs it just doesn't display anything... (yes, I have reset SMC, NVRAM and PRAM :) )

    Anyway - my question to everyone is can I put a 2008 or later Logic Board in the Mac Pro 2006 case? :D

    Thanks :)

    Edit: (please don't tell me to pay the £££ for a new one, or pay the ££ for a new LB - I'm a student :/ )
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    it's easier to list things you can keep: psu, fans

    other stuff is incompatible, such as ram, ram risers, and maybe even cpu cooler.
    the case won't even fit because I/O has different placement.

    tbh it sounds as it's your graphic card that is broken.
  3. inaka macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2010
    I'd buy a working 2008 complete used on eBay or locally, and then sell my broken 2006 for parts on eBay or locally, etc.

    Isn't the 2006 a MacPro1,1? If so, you won't realistically be able to go forward with mountain lion, etc.
  4. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2006
    A400M Base
    Try this...

    Most of the Mac Pro 1,1 have Nvidia 7300 or a Radeon 1900 GPU card. The Nvidia is the black one with the passive heat sink. This is a card that failed more often then others in the past. The cheapest way would be to go for a used GPU card on ebay. Sometimes there are cheap ones around. I would give it a shot since you would not get a lot selling parts of a defective MP. An ATI Radeon 2600 would also work.

    If you are somewhat skilled, you could look for a used ATI Radeon 3870 card from the PC side and flash it with a mac rom. This way you would end up with a better card that would be very cheap or sell it again if it does not work out.

Share This Page