Used Mac Pro? Or Core i3 iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by muk546, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. muk546 macrumors newbie

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    i have about $1300 i can get a mac pro (used) on crigslist for $1200 (2009 model)
    or a mac pro used $1000 (2006 model) or an iMac i3
    My needs:
    Video editing/compressing
    Multiple hard drives
    Needs to be whisper quite
    SOME gaming via bootcamp (just bought Left For Dead 1/2 on sale)

    My Main question is have you ever bought a used mac pro? Is it a good idea? or am i in over my head?

    Current macs:
    Macbook late 2007
    core 2 duo 2 ghz (slow for editing)
    Current pc's:
    Custom built pc core 2 duo 1.86 ghz (slow for editing but faster then the macbook)
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    The 2009 ac Pro for 1200 USD seems too good to be true, but any Mac Pro will blow the i3 iMac out of its shoes, and a Mac Pro will give you the opportunity to add several HDDs via S-ATA, with the iMac you are limited by FW800 as the fastest port.
     
  3. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely seems too good to be true. And I wouldn't recommend a 2006 MP. You really should look at '08 and up as they are EFI64 capable. Those below that may be blocked out of updates (hardware and/or software) in the near future. I think you can be successful with a used MP, just need to find a decent one. $1300 may be tough though. You could get a good iMac on the refurb site for that price that'll last you several years.
     
  4. muk546 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive read that the first gen mac pro will have graphic card compatibility issues in the future so i guess i need to get a 2008+ model?
    So if $1300 about how much more do i need id rather mac pro because i like upgrading my hardware an imac would be GREAT but i need function over sexiness ;)
     
  5. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, you really want to only look at 2008 and above. Check your local craigslist and (maybe) ebay to get an idea for prices. I just checked mine and saw a 2008 8-core with 6GB of ram going for $2000. I can't imagine you'd get one lower than around $1800. Do you already have a monitor? If not, I'd really suggest looking at an iMac.
     

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