Worth it? Selling a Gaming PC and getting a 3,1 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AlexxRyzhkov, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. AlexxRyzhkov macrumors regular

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    So a while back I built a gaming PC.
    Specs are:
    Amd FX 8350
    Nvidia GTX 660 Ti
    8GB Ram
    500GB HDD
    Win 8.1
    Honestly I am really starting to miss Mac OSX, and I originally was considering selling the AMD CPU and the mobo and getting an i3 4130 and a Gigabyte mobo and hackintoshing it, but then I thought about getting a Mac Pro.
    So I got offered $600 for the gaming PC, and with that money I can get a Mac Pro 2008 Quad Core with 10GB of ram, and Upgrade the GPU to a GTX 670. Obviously there's gonna be a drop in CPU performance, but will it be a big deal?
    Also Im planning on buying a 256gb Crucial MX100 SSD for either the PC or Mac Pro
    My current PC is giant and loud, and honestly really ugly, and a Mac Pro would look a lot better.
     
  2. Ironjer macrumors regular

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  3. antonis macrumors 68000

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    Why would you do that ? If you've made a gaming PC, it means that you are interested in gaming. How could a 3,1 MP cover you on that part ?
     
  4. greenmeanie macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to game I wouldn't get the MP.
    But the best upgrade and bang for buck would be the SSD upgrade.
     
  5. repentix macrumors regular

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    600 $ for that PC is a good price, but I wouldn't get a 3,1 mac pro instead. I Would get a core i5 hackintosh, check tonymacx86 for infos.
     
  6. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

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    Personally wouldn't put money down on anything below a 4,1 these days.

    First thing I would do though is determine what want the machine for

    Gaming = Stick with a Windows PC, Mac Gaming is improving but will always be behind Windows and Consoles.

    OSX = It's an OS as opposed to something you actually do anything in. What is it in OSX that miss
     
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  8. scotttnz macrumors 6502

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    I just did a similar thing. But I got a 4,1' and I'm not that into gaming.

    I missed OS-X, but wanted to be able to tinker with hardware, without the compete unknown (to me) of Hackintosh. So it works for me. I will do some gaming on it, but it's not the main focus.
     
  9. Wardenski macrumors 6502

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    I would only consider a high clock speed Mac Pro from 2010/2012. I have an 08, it is likely CPU limited now so I don't see the point in upgrading it anymore. It also consumes > 100 W idle.

    Could you not just find a really cheap 2nd hand Mac Mini or something to satisfy your OSX needs?

    What about upgrading your PC fans or buying a newer less ugly case?
     
  10. gpzjock, Sep 17, 2014
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    gpzjock macrumors 6502a

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    I have a MP 3,1 octo with 5870 gfx and an i7 2700k Hackintosh with a GTX 770 4GB card.
    Both run 16 GB RAM and boot from SSDs.
    The i7 is about 30% faster on average and cost £1200 to build last year.
    Build a Hack with a decent budget.

    A Corsair Carbide miniATX case and some Noctua fans would make life smaller and quieter.
     
  11. AlexxRyzhkov thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright well I decided to build a Hackintosh with an i5 and a GTX 760.
    I'm not new to hackintosh, as I have buit them before, so I should be good.
     

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