Used 2008 3.2GHz MP 8 Core or New 2009 2.93GHz 4 Core?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sparkie7, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

    sparkie7

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    I have been offered a 2008 3.2GHz 8 Core with 10GB RAM, ATI 4870, 320HD, no warranty/applecare left.

    Or, I can buy a new 2009 2.93GHz 4 Core, 3GB RAM, 640HD, GT120

    Both about the same price: $2850.00 USD

    Which would you choose, and why?
     
  2. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    That 3.2GHz sounds tempting but honestly without warranty I'd feel a little weary buying it.

    I'd go with the 2.8GHz 2010 model.
     
  3. sparkie7 thread starter macrumors 68000

    sparkie7

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    Yes, the fact the 3.2 2008 has run out of warranty/care would make me worry a little and not knowing the history of the machine. Owner says it works 100%, but one wouldn't know for sure till I buy it.

    With a new machine it's untouched, unmolested and has 12 months standard care. Looks like the 2.8GHz quad core is starting around $2499, with a ATI 5770 -- so yes looks like a much better option than the 2009 Quad assuming it benchmarks/test check out :D
     
  4. you39 macrumors regular

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    Definitely not the 09 at this time for that price. It's just 49$ off the price you'd have paid 1,5 years ago. Next week you should be able to order a 2.8 quad with better GPU for 2.499. Perhaps even the 3.2 quad with better GPU for roughly the same price (2.899 or so...). Or a refurb 09 for a much better price.
     

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