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    Default Used MacPro: thoughts appreciated

    I want to buy a used MacPro that I need for certain intel software. (have put off upgrading from my solid and well-working G5 for a long time). Don't care so much about it running 10.8 but do want it to still run 10.5 and 10.6 for software I want to keep. (maybe even a partition for 10.4). I may live in 10.7 perhaps??

    Are there models to avoid, as well as ones that are a good choice?

    I know the first couple generations will do this (if those were good machines), but I know their longevity will be shorter OS-wise. Also, are there other factors that I may not know about?

    Thanks!

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    First two models run great - seldom see one that isn't still crunching away. They won't boot into 64 bit kernel is all. Price is usually right if you can handle stopping at Lion.
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    Also, any of them, even back to the first one, can take lots of RAM and can use an upgraded video card - which goes a long ways toward improving performance. Even though officially most newer graphics cards aren't supported, they install and work fine.

    R
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    Thanks Rick. About the 64-bit: this means to run a 64-bit app you'd need to boot in it, yes? or can you run 64-bit apps in 32 and just not access the extra RAM? Is there a reason I'd be sorry to not be able to boot in 64-bit?

    I was wondering if a 2008 model may be a good middle ground? I don't want a new Mac because I don't want to upgrade some of my software (e.g Quark, etc) and the older machines will let me use older OS, right? I could always use the G5 but having the software on the newer machine makes it more convenient. Although I know that as history has it, things as simple as iPhone upgrades will require a new version of iTunes that will only run on 10.8+, and the game begins again...

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    Mostly booting to 64 bit means you can dedicate more RAM to an application.

    Also, 64 bit means it supports latest OS, for what that is worth - IMHO Snow Leopard was the last decent Apple operating system for a production computer.
    molṑn labe'
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    FYI the Apple Refurbished page has MacPros. Right now they have a whole bunch, some from 2010. That would run 10.6 on to Lion I do believe. I've purchased several refurbished macs and never been disappointed, including the present machine. Plus you get the one year warranty.

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