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    Jun 24, 2011
    Hol old should I go if I want a used Mac Pro?
    Hey guys,

    I'm still new to the Mac community so forgive if this sounds crazy or has been asked.

    I have an old G5 tower that's great for the basics but now that the LION OS is coming out I want something that has an intel processor with more power [I want to run Final Cut and Light-room among others] - but I don't have a lot of cash.

    I'm thinking about getting a used MacPro 3.1 I've seen versions with a 2.8GHZ or a 3.0GHZ chip my question is say i maxed out the RAM how much time [years] do you think I'd get out of it with the LION OS.

    Any and all suggestions would be most appreciated!!!

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    MacDude121's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 22, 2010
    Black MacBook 2.2GHz C2D, 4GB Ram - iMac G4 700MHz, 512MB Ram
    You'd probably get quite a few years out of it. It has a benchmark rating of 7977. But you may not want to max out the ram, it can take up to 32GB. And that would probably be very expensive.

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    Member Since
    Jun 23, 2011
    Be weary about used mac pros! I know at my office we work the crap out of them. Make sure you get as much info as you can because you could be getting a computer that was really worked hard.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    As a suggestion keep an eye on Apple's Refurbished gear - appears on their web site. My Mac Pro was purchased at Elk Grove CA and shipped to Australia and has been a beauty and not much dearer than used Mac Pros at the time.

    Course has been upgraded heavily since then. New processors, graphics etc etc. You should look to getting at least five years from the 3.1.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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