Well done Apple, you've created my dream machine. Too bad it's so damn expensive. My ideal configuration is as follows:
- Two 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
- 4GB (4 x 1GB)
- Hard Drive - Bay 1: 250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
- Hard Drive - Bay 2: 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
- 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB
- Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
- 2 x SuperDrives
- Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
- Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
- Subtotal: $6,436.00
The nice thing about owning one of these bad boys is you could run several copies of Linux and Windows (using VMWare and/or Parallels). I could literally buy one machine and have 5 in a matter of hours. Hmmm, I should probably bump up that ram to 8GB.
It's tempting, but that's a lot of cash to shell out for a machine. Then again, the more write-offs the better.
Posted by pfm on August 08, 2006 at 02:16 AM MDT #
Where the best place to buy aftermarket RAM for this sucker?
Posted by Matt Raible on August 08, 2006 at 05:39 AM MDT #
Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on August 08, 2006 at 09:33 AM MDT #
They don't have the new pro macs in their ram chooser yet (I'm sure they'll have it soon), but you want Fully Buffered DDR2 667 Mhz Ram. This seems to be the correct link.
The 1GB chips seem to be the best bang for your buck. Three of those would be ~$540, so about half of the 4 GB upgrade on the apple site.
I do see that the apple installed DIMMs have a heat sink with them (expansion page, upper right.) Not sure how much that matters.
And for the paired monitors, I suppose you want a matched pair if you have them both horizontal, but I run one horiz and one vert (more code fits on the vert). The dell rotates, and has a 7 format card reader in it to boot.
You can also buy a hard drive separately. 500 GB Serial ATA from a decent brand like hitachi is $250. So upgrade the included one to 500, buy the second one from some place like OWC.
Posted by pfm on August 08, 2006 at 11:08 AM MDT #
Posted by pfm on August 08, 2006 at 11:32 AM MDT #
Posted by Jason on August 08, 2006 at 03:59 PM MDT #
Posted by Vic on August 08, 2006 at 04:51 PM MDT #
as for the 800 dollars, you are getting an extra 1.4 ghz for it (remember, it's four cores. ;o) But ya, the 2.66 is the best bang for the buck.
Posted by pfm on August 08, 2006 at 10:52 PM MDT #
Posted by Ach on August 29, 2006 at 06:34 AM MDT #
Posted by Matt Raible on August 29, 2006 at 07:23 AM MDT #
Posted by Ted Bergeron on September 04, 2006 at 12:05 PM MDT #
Even in the MacPro, the 7300 offers sluggish performance. It's important to do this when you order the computer because availability of third party cards at this point is virtually non-existent.
Posted by Glenn Wolsey on April 15, 2007 at 02:00 AM MDT #
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