What is YOUR optimal Mac Pro Configuration.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iBunny, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    What is YOUR Optimal Mac Pro Config.

    In the Real World, Using Real Money... whatever your budget will allow? Sure, I know we all want the best and be able to MAX it out... But realistically, for what you need, and what you can afford... what is your Config?

    For me...?

    Quad 3GHz Xeons
    4GB (4x1GB) RAM
    2x 500GB Hard Drives
    1x Radeon X1900XTX Video Card
    One Super Drive
    Bluetooth - No Airport
    One 23 Inch Apple Monitor

  2. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    realistically? oh thats not fun, i cant afford anything! :(

    But if I had the money this might be what I would do is just change the base configuration so that I would have 2gb of RAM, with a x1900xt

    more than likely if I had the money too, I would also install boot camp and windows and use it to play games :D
  3. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Well, here's what I ordered

    1GB RAM (will add more very soon)
    1x500GB HDD (3x750GB drives waiting for it to arrive)
    x1900 GPU
    30" ACD on my desk awaiting Mac Pro arrival.
  4. Jbook macrumors member

    May 22, 2006
    What Im ordering tonight:

    Quad 2.66
    1GB RAM (will upgrade later when im not broke anymore)
    500GB HD
    BT and AP Extreme
  5. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    I'm so not jealous... Ok, I am very jealous :eek: :D
  6. auyongtc macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2006
    You guys ought to take the smallest size possible for HDD, and replace it with a 16MB-cached drive when it arrived. And of course, add your own 750GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 series. Trust me, I've benchmarked the .9 and .10 series. The perpendicular writing tech screams for performance! :)
    Keep the original HD and plug into an external case. Store in cool and dry place until Leopard comes around, and plug it in right after upgrade for Time Machine... hell yeah!

    And if you're never gonna go beyond 4GB of RAM, stick with the default 2x512MB sticks, and get additional RAM sticks in 512MB densities and upgrade yourself. It's already made easy to upgrade, why not do it yourself?
  7. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    It's all that money I got from my Quad when I sold it a few months ago. I'd love to know how much I could get for it now... ha ha ha.
  8. ouphe macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think at this point I would get the 3.0 ghz model with everything else baseline. That would allow me the maximum processing power from the get-go, and everything else I can upgrade as needed (on the cheap, too).

  9. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    I don't know if im crazy but im thinking of using the Xserve as my setup. It has slots for a sound card from m-audio and a graphic slot for me to put in an x1900 when it comes out.

    If I do get a Mac Pro, it would be the basic system. 3.0Ghz, x1900, 250gb, 4gb ram. Too bad playstation 3 and wii is gonna drain my bank account. Im only $1,000 short, anyone want to help me?
  10. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    In reality I won't be buying a Mac Pro, rather a MacBook Pro for portability being the key. No need for an external monitor either because I don't have one. Spending 2400 tops lets see...

    Baseline Mac Pro lol. 2.0ghz model without a display.

    If funds wasn't quite a problem I would love to have

    2GB Ram (Upgrade in the future whenever it becomes nessesary)
    250HD (Fine for now can always add later)
    ATI x1900
    and that will run you about $3,149.00 with no display. Add the 23incher and its $4148.00 Unless I buy a refurb lcd which is cheaper.

    A man can dream...
  11. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    Quad 3GHz Xeons
    2GB (2x1GB) RAM
    1x 500GB Hard Drives
    1x Radeon X1900XTX Video Card
    One Super Drive
    Bluetooth - Airport
    One 23 Inch Apple Monitor

    Thats what i ordred :)
  12. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    I've a buyer for my iMac G5 (family member), so I'll be waiting for a next couple of weeks to see if there are any Rev.A issues, hopefully nothing major.

    Looking to order the base 2.0 or having seen the Leopard sneak-peek etc, perhaps the 2.66Ghz. It's an extra ~CDN$400 for the 2.66Ghz, but a reasonable hike in performance. Also waiting to see how much 3rd party RAM is likely to cost.. probably 4Gb's worth.

    I really like the fact you can get four drives in the MacPro... no more daisy chaining Firewire drives and extra cost of enclosures.
  13. jlukas macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2005
    3.00 GHz Quad Xeon
    1GB RAM (will upgrade when I can afford it)
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB
    250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s drive
    2x16x SuperDrive DL
    Airport Extreme & BlueTooth 2.0+EDR

    Just ordered earlier today... won't ship until September 13th though :( oh well I can't wait!
  14. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Right now I'm struggling to afford a macbook pro with student discount!

    If I had a moderate supply of money and the balls to spend it I would get:

    2.66 quad
    2 gigs ram
    1 terrabyte HD (for all my movies)
    x1900 video card

    Luckily, I can't stand being at a desk and not being able to move, but for some reason I still want a Mac Pro. Good marketing Apple.
  15. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

    Glenn Wolsey

    Nov 24, 2005
    New Zealand
    If I took the splash: (which I won't until late next year)

    500GB HDD
    2GB RAM
    BT + AE
    2 X SuperDrives

    + ACD
  16. glassbathroom macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    On other peoples advice (here), I decided to go for the 2.66 rather than the 3.0. The price change doesn't seem to match the speed jump. I think the standard config 2.66's are very cheap (perhaps to better compare with the Dells). Having said this, I can't blame anyone for going for the 3.0 version - enjoy!
  17. Glen Quagmire macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    3Ghz Xeons
    2GB RAM
    ATI graphics card
    Two superdrives

    Grand total £2799.01. I would want this thing to last as long as my current PC (four years), hence the high specification. I would add a couple of extra hard drives to it myself.

    I am considering ordering one tonight.
  18. Lincoln macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2003
    I've been waiting for these since the beginning of the year. I ordered the following:

    2.66GHz Xeons (good price/performance ratio)
    2GB Ram (4x 512MBs) - don't know when we'll see 3rd Party FB-DIMMS?
    Bluetooth / Airport (again good value IMO)
    ATI x1900 Graphics Card (£100 cheaper then getting the std. card and then this later)
    500GB Hard drive (I have a couple of spare SATA drives to add later)
    1x Superdive
    AppleCare (got a good deal on this as part of the bundle).

    Trouble is the expected Delivery date is 16th September:(
  19. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    You dont need balls to spend money. They get in the way of valuable pocket space! :D
  20. DJMastaWes macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2006
    Montreal, Quebec
    I'm not actually getting this, but if I did get a Mac Pro, it would be...

    Two 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    4GB (4 x 1GB)
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI)
    Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
    1 x SuperDrive
    Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
    Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse - U.S. English

  21. psycho bob macrumors 6502a

    psycho bob

    Oct 25, 2003
    Leeds, England
    I could be wrong but I highly doubt the X1900 will fit in an Xserve. The card requires a double slot which I don't think the server will have. Best you could do would be the 7300GT or maybe a 7800GT as used int he previous generation (assuming they will work and you can get one).
  22. dualsyste macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2006
    For some reason I'm inclined to get a MacPro, sit it next to my recliner and attach a 23" display to it :). But I always have to tell myself... what does an accountant need this raw power for?

    But if I could build one it'll be the MIN specs one, then I'd give it a healthy aftermarket HDD (1.5TB) and RAM (4gig) bump :). The 7300GT would be good enough for me!
  23. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2006
    Wishing for a magic bus.
    * Two 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    * 4GB (4 x 1GB)
    * 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    * 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    * NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI)
    * Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
    * 2 x SuperDrives
    * Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
    * Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse - U.S. English
    * Mac OS X - U.S. English
    * Final Cut Express HD preinstalled

  24. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I ordered the following:
    • 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    • 4GB (4 x 1GB)
    • 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    • ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB SDRAM
    • Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
    • 1 x SuperDrive
    • Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
    • Mac OS X - U.S. English
    • Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)

    Not expected to ship before September 13th. though! :(
  25. stevo86 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Newfoundland, Canada
    here's what i ordered yesterday :)

    2.66Ghz Xeons
    1 GB Ram (selling the free nano to buy a second 3rd party stick later)
    160GB harddrive (for windows, have 2x 250gb hdd's sitting next to me for OSX)
    Wireless keyboard and mighty mouse
    nvidia 7300 gt :)(... ran out of money)

    expected ship date is aug. 15th!! would have added the airport but couldn't bare the wait!

    edit: also, since i ran out of money, i had to go with a 20.1" LG monitor... shame on me. Hopefully i'll pick up a 23" acd in a few months and sell the LG.

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