What config would you get?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by grooveattack, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. grooveattack macrumors 6502a

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    ...on a mac pro if you had $2900/£2000?

    just personally, what would you do?

    thanks
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    The best processor you can afford. And maybe the best video card you can afford.

    Disk and RAM are readily available for much cheaper pricing from 3rd part vendors.
     
  3. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    My budget is also £2k but I'm waiting for i7 or whatever its called. :p

    For £2k you are looking at the 'default' model with a few tweaks.

    If i bought now it would be:

    2x 2.8 xeons
    2GB ram
    nvidia 512mb card
    wireless mouse / keyboard
    airport option
    500GB hardrive (possibly 2) I havent decided yet as I already have 2TB of external space.

    I try to future proof my stuff as much as poss but money restraints are holding me back. The 1GB vid card is a crazy price so I wouldnt touch that even if i had the money. Really its the processors I need (vid encoding) so I would like to get the faster cpus but cant just yet. Hopefully when i7 hits I should be able to afford it. :)
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Gainestown.

    Oh, and the base configuration will cost $3,000, so save up a little more. :(
     
  5. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Gainestown? What the... :confused: What is Nehalem then? :eek:

    Which is the 45nm cpu? I though the next big Intel update was a smaller architecture.
     
  6. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I'm talkin' Pounds not Dollars. ;)
     

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  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I know, but the first post quoted $2,800 slash £2,000, so I figure that $3,000 is just a little bit more than £2,000.

    Nehalem is the all-encompassing name. Nehalem is like Core 2 or Core.

    There are different product lines under the Nehalem codename.

    Core i7 will NOT be in the Mac Pro. Core i7 is the desktop enthusiast chip.
    There are two Xeon chips. One is Beckton, the other is Gainestown. We will get Gainestown.
    And then the laptop chips have their own name, too.

    And UNTIL Intel decides to call the entire line Core i7, it is NOT Core i7. It is Gainestown: a form of Nehalem.

    Just in case you see people claiming "Core i7 in the Mac Pro!". You can correct them now.
     
  8. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I miss my G5. :D
     
  9. dvince2 macrumors 6502

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    I would just buy the mac pro. they're 2899 in the canadian store.

    Actually, I would drop down to the single quad core processer, up the video card to the 8800GT and install more ram (3rd party, not apple)
     

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