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David Page
Source for mac Towers to run FCP7
on Aug 24, 2015 at 5:58:08 pm

My current Mac Pro towers are on their last legs but I want to stay on FCP7. Does anyone know of refurbishers/vendors who have such towers to sell or can refurb mine?

Thanks,
David Page



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John Rofrano
Re: Source for mac Towers to run FCP7
on Aug 25, 2015 at 4:21:20 am

If you want to stick with a reliable vendor, Other World Computing has a nice selection of used Mac Pro towers starting at $619 USD. They are all refurbished and warranted so you know you are getting a solid system.

Earlier this year I purchased a 2010 Mac Pro 12-Core, 24GB memory, 6TB RAID 5, Radeon HD 5870, w/Snow Leopard, on eBay for $2275 but you have to be careful on eBay because a lot of people are flashing the firmware on 2009's and passing them off as 2010's. You just have to ask the right questions or know what to look for in the serial numbers.

I added an OWC Mercury Accelsior E2 500GB SSD and a USB 3.0 card and my 2010 Mac Pro is screaming along like a brand new Mac. Adding an SSD makes a big difference in performance for an older computer.

~jr

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Jim Scott
Re: Source for mac Towers to run FCP7
on Aug 26, 2015 at 2:36:25 pm

Here's one ebay dealer. I have never dealt with them myself but they have 100% positive feedback.

http://stores.ebay.com/EDITBUILDER



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John Rofrano
Re: Source for mac Towers to run FCP7
on Aug 27, 2015 at 12:00:55 pm
Last Edited By John Rofrano on Aug 27, 2015 at 12:08:24 pm

[Jim Scott] "Here's one ebay dealer. I have never dealt with them myself but they have 100% positive feedback."
Depending on what you are looking for, that's not a dealer that I would buy from and here's why: I wanted genuine Apple parts. That dealer is taking much older Mac Pro's and flashing the firmware and putting upgraded CPU's and PC video cards that are not approved for use by Apple. I call these "Franken-macs" because they are pieced together like Frankenstein. You might actually want this but I did not.

You'll notice the cleaver wording on the eBay listing. Not once will they call the computer a 2010 Mac Pro. They will instead say, "Newest Model 5,1". What they really mean is, "This is an older 2009 Model 4,1 with the firmware flashed to look like a 5,1". Reputable dealers on eBay will actually tell you that they are doing this. This dealer does not! The CPU is not original and doesn't match the Apple specs. It's basically the Apple motherboard but the CPU, memory, drives, etc. are all non-Apple parts.

These computers DO NOT perform as well as a "real" 5,1's because they are based on older 2009 motherboard hardware. I've seen the Geekbench scores between these and my all original 2010 Mac Pro and mine gets much higher scores for the same specs. Obviously they can spec them higher, but will they perform as cool? i.e., will the fans that were designed to keep a 3.02Ghz processor cool keep a 3.42Ghz processor cool? I didn't want to take that chance since Apple didn't either. The average user might not care, but knowing that I would be rendering video and pushing these processors to their limits for hours at a time, I did not want to risk heating.

As I said, some people look for an older Mac Pro that someone hot-rodded. Some people want all original parts. I like all original parts so I avoided dealers like this. You may actually want this but I just wanted to point out that these are older Mac Pro's heavily modified to look like newer ones and they are charging top dollar for them.

I bought my Mac Pro on eBay from Computer Wholesalers, Inc. (CWI) They are a company that deals with corporate upgrades. So when a company decides to upgrade their Mac's, this company buys their old ones, cleans them up, and sells them. Some even still have Apple Care active. I didn't provide a link to them earlier because they currently don't have any Mac Pro's for sale but I'm very happy with my purchase.

~jr

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http://www.vasst.com



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Jim Scott
Re: Source for mac Towers to run FCP7
on Aug 27, 2015 at 2:23:51 pm

Good stuff to know John, but as I said, I have never dealt with them and was only providing an option to investigate, not a recommendation. I would always hope that any buyer would perform their own due diligence in checking out any dealer before making a purchase.

Thanks for your insight.



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John Rofrano
Re: Source for mac Towers to run FCP7
on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:17:57 am

Yes, I realized that you were not making a recommendation but only pointing out an example dealer. It was, however, a good opportunity to show that things aren't always as they seem on eBay. ;-)

Having just been through the "due diligence" process myself, I though I would pass on what I had learned because it's very subtle and would get by most people (which is what the dealers are hoping). As you said, you have to do your homework when buying used equipment (or cheat off of someone else's homework) lol

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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