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Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Richie Royale » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:37 am

I've seen a coouple of people mention that now may not be a good time to buy second hand. Any specific reason for this? Is it just because it has been a while since the last models were issued and therefore it is expected that a new model may be forthcoming?

I have finally got some cash together for one and I'm looking for a good deal. Any reason why I shouldn't buy one now? Bear in mind I currently run a Quad G5, so any Pro is a step up, but I'm looking at a 2008/9 model as these seems to be reasonable value.

I want a tower so I can keep my UAD2 card, without having to go about getting some sort of external box to run it. Plus I don't need laptop portability.
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Kwackman » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:52 am

There have been a few MacPros on Apple's refurb site recently.
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Richie Royale » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:12 am

I'm happy with eBay. The last four Macs have come that way. The Apple re-furbished ones are very expensive still. Scrumpy Macs look like they have what I want.
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Scope » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:47 am

One thing to be aware of is the graphics card.
If you want to run Final Cut X, you will need avoid certain cards ( listed on Apple's website. )

Replacing a MP graphics card is very costly !
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby johnny h » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:56 am

The rumours are that a new macbook pro is imminent. While you may not want or need a new updated model, it will push down prices of second hand machines. So it could be wise to wait a month if you can ...
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Richie Royale » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:16 pm

Thanks Johnny. A new MBP might affect the towers, but then it might not, especially if there is no sign of new towers due to be released. Sometimes I wish Macs didn't hold their price so well.
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby hollowsun » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:58 pm

I bought a whizzy used Mac Pro tower from eBay a few months back (like you, upgraded from a G5). Best bit of money I've spent in ages!

Mine's a 2009 model and was, in its day, top of the range and it's terrific - goes like stink! The G5 was bloody good but this thing's a monster!

Johnny H might be right about a price drop if (IF) there's something new coming out soon but A) the Mac Pro towers hold their price fairly well and B) you can play the waiting game for ever! If you've found one you like and the price is right for you, I'd get it, slam your G5's old drive(s) in it and be up and running in minutes! Fantastic piece of kit

IMO & FWIW, of course.
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Richie Royale » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:14 pm

Thanks HS. I'm just finishing off my album, so I don't want to go through a transition until I'm finished (not that I anticipate any problems, but just to be safe), but I've seen a couple at a price I can (just) afford, so I just need to make sure I can actually get it and not go hungry this month!
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby hollowsun » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:31 pm

Fair enough.
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Richie Royale » Tue May 01, 2012 1:09 pm

I took the plunge!
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Wease » Tue May 01, 2012 3:42 pm

wow - i didn't realise you could get such good deals for 2nd hand macs

which company did you go for richie? (just for reference sakes like - it might well be me buying one soon!)
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Richie Royale » Tue May 01, 2012 4:12 pm

I went with Scrumpy Macs.
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Gone To Lunch » Thu May 03, 2012 12:55 am

hollowsun wrote:...slam your G5's old drive(s) in it and be up and running in minutes! Fantastic piece of kit

Can one do the same with RAM cards ? I am looking to trade up to Mac Pro from G5 Quad also....
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Re: Buying a second hand Mac Pro (tower)

Postby Richie Royale » Thu May 03, 2012 10:40 am

The Quad G5 supports 533 MHz PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g5/specs/powermac_g5_quad_2.5.html

The Pro I am getting uses "800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) memory" and has a "256-bit wide memory architecture".

So I'm not sure if that would prevent compatibility, but I would expect that if it did work, it wouldn't be taking advantage of the higher speed available.

Mine will arrive tomorrow! I'm getting a bit excited.

Here is a FAQ about Pros.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_pro/faq/mac-pro-early-2008-how-to-install-ram-backwards-compatible-with-older-memory.html
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