8 years on my early-2008 Mac Pro

I purchased my early 2008 Mac Pro computer soon after its release in January 2008 and it is still my primary computer today.

At the time I bought the stripped down model but have since repeatedly upgraded it to what it is today. I would like a new Mac Pro for the speed it is supposed to bring.. but with all of the external storage I am still not convinced and I LOVE the expandability of the classic Mac Pro so have not retired it.

The nearly decked out early Mac Pro in 2008 had I bought it then would have cost me over $8000 if not upwards of $10,000, with just the technology that was available at the time.

Instead over eight years I have basically doubled my investment in the original $2244 system with $2210 (most of that backup storage) in upgrades but it has kept up with my needs, my budget, and provided the reliability and expandability I want out of system which I do not feel I would get out of making another ‘large desktop’ purchase like a Trash Can Mac Pro.

I definitely would not buy an iMac. A Mac Mini appealed to me as a possible option until they made the RAM non-upgradable and it lacks the horsepower and expandability in some areas. I did pick up a Mac Mini i7 which goes head-to-head on some benchmarks with it and uses significantly less power.. but at this point I plan to continue to use my tank of a Mac Pro indefinitely.. though there are no more upgrades I am aware of to perform.

Upgrades including shipping: (~$2210)

  • 2015 – Gigabit Ethernet Card $60
  • 2015 – Blu-Ray BDXL Reader/Writer $160
  • 2014 – The CPU upgrades of Intel Xeon X5482 3.2GHz Quad Core 12M 1600 cost with heat sink and tools $235.
  • 2011 – Two 2TB Western Digital Caviers ($99 each)
  • 2011 – 256gb SSD $380
  • 2011- The Graphics Card $169
  • 2011 – eSata External Ports $30
  • 2011 – USB 3.0 External Ports $40
  • 2009 – Six 1.5 TB Western Terabyte ($89.00 each) = $534
  • 2009 – Added an external 4 Drive DROBO – $400*

*I am retiring the Gen 1 DROBO likely soon.. as I have other NAS devices with much better performance and use it just for backup.

Todays Configuration December 2015:

  •  Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
  •  Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon (Took from 1 CPU to two CPU by adding a heat sink)
  •  Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz (Matched Intel Xeon X5482 3.2GHz Quad Core 12M 1600)
  •  Number of Processors: 2
  •  Total Number of Cores: 8
  •  L2 Cache (per Processor): 12 MB
  •  Memory: 24 GB (DDR2 FB-DIMM 800mhz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 896 MB
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Three USB 3.0 Ports
  • Two  2TB Raid 0 (WDC)
  • Two 1.5 TB Independent (WDC)
  • One 512gb SSD (Crucial) (off the esata connector on main board)
  • 16x Blu-Ray Read/Writer BDXL

Original Configuration January 2008:

MAC PRO CTO Z0EM $2,244.00 1 $2,244.00
With the following configuration:

  • Processor 065-7532 One 2.8GHZ Quad-Core Intel Xeo
  • Memory 065-7175 2GB (2x1GB)
  • Graphics Card 065-7182 ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB
  • Hard Drive Bay1 065-7189 320GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb
  • Hard Drive Bay2 065-7194 None
  • Hard Drive Bay3 065-7197 None
  • Hard Drive Bay4 065-7200 None
  • Optical Drive 065-7203 One 16x SuperDrive
  • Wireless Option 065-7206 AirPort Extreme Card (Wi-Fi)
  • Modem 065-7209 None
  • Fibre Chl Card 065-7211 None
  • RAID 065-7213 None
  • Apple Software App- iWorks ’08 065-7672 None
  • Apple Software App-Logic Exp 065-7675 None
  • Apple Software App-Fnl Cut Exp 065-7674 None
  • Apple Software App-Aperture 065-7673 None
  • Mouse from AOS 065-7694 APPLE WIRELESS MIGHTY MOUSE
  • Mac OS Language for AOS 065-7708 WIRELESS KEYBD/ OS X
  • Mac SVR OS Language 065-7539 None
  • Country Kit 065-7220 Country Kit
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