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

    May 17, 2014
    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

    Jul 18, 2013
  3. antonis macrumors 68000


    Jun 10, 2011
    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


    Jan 22, 2005
    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

    May 26, 2013
    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

    Oct 28, 2008
    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
  7. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
  8. scotttnz macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    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

    Jan 22, 2012
    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
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014

    gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2009
    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

    May 17, 2014
    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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