Originally Posted by sunilraman
I have to agree with JeffDM. Slughead
, why are you getting a Mac Pro anyways?? And what sort of graphics card would you really need?? Are you playing PC Games? Since you are obviously (I'm not being sarcastic) well versed in PC build tech, just make your own solid highly affordable gaming rig with a 7600GT or 7900GT, sorted. Otherwise, um... Mac mini for Macness and PS2 for gaming. Hell you probably got some nice Asus motherboards and other "for testing" stuff lying around. And maybe graphics cards to "test" the SLI'ed 7900GTX's on mobos as well???
1) I got a mac pro for the following reasons (in no particular order):
- to replace my aging PC, which I use for gaming and internet explorer (I'm a web developer).
- I do a lot of video and audio editing -freelance, in my spare time; so I need a mac with some power
- I had an opportunity to sell my DP 2.5 Ghz for an inordinately high price to a 'need it now!' kind of person.
- For reasons unknown, I had a $500 surplus in my savings account.
- $500 + Sale of my PC + Sale of G5 = Mac pro!
- Studio apartment means I'd like as few towers as possible.
- It's a huge productivity boost--to run internet explorer in parallels instead of using a KVM
- Since I do case mods to my macs and add 3rd party components whenever possible, iMacs and Mac Minis are worthless to me. I've already filled up all 4 hard drive bays of this thing, and when I get my new video card (whatever that ends up being), I'll be usign two video cards at once to power a total of 3 monitors (2 + a TV).
- It's got FOUR FREAKIN PROCESSORS IN IT! How could I resist?
2) I need a $250-300 range video card to bring this thing up to par the PC which it replaces, and a RAM upgrade because I'll be running 2 OS's simultaneously when doing web development.
Yeah, it's true, I didn't need
a mac pro, but this is going to be my only opportunity to buy or even upgrade my machine(s) to any significant degree for probably another 3 or 4 years (and I'll probably be in grad school so the money would probably go toward migraine medication and coffee).
I'm not one to get reamed on the details. $80 extra for RAM, $100 extra for a video card = a whole gigabyte of extra RAM
, or four months worth of laundry tokens.