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: