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The Mac Pro First Generation is an Intel Xeon-based workstation computer manufactured by Apple Inc. The first generation model includes the machines from 2006 through 2008.

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Is this a worthy investment in 2018?

I’m considering getting a 2006 Mac Pro (1,1) as a secondary desktop computer.

Is this a worth the investment in 2018? What programs can be run? Is there anything about this machine I should know about before buying it? Should I max out the specs or should I keep the specs average?

specs = Hard drive storage, amount of RAM, GFX card

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Here's a reference of this series specs: MacPro1,1

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A much better choice would be a MacPro 2010-2012. This machine is highly upgradeable, will run 64 bit. Will run the latest OS X. You can kick it up with either Apple CPUs or third party to run at levels close to any Mac out there. Four hard drives. Use a PCI USB3 card from Sonnet. It’s a real work horse and will last you a very long time.

You can start cheap and upgrade as you can afford it. Mine boots from a 512 SSD.

I’d start with this one as you can bump it to 128 GB of RAM

Apple Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.4 (2010/Westmere) SpecsIdentifiers: Mid-2010 - MC561LL/A - MacPro5,1 - A1289 -  2314-2*

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_p...

Here’s a nice one for $665

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Ah yes, the 2010 Mac Pros are really sought after. I'm looking for one that I can buy for under 200$ though so I'm thinking about either a 2007 or a 2008 Mac Pro.

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Umm… I wouldn’t say so… The least what is ok to invest in 2018 for a secondary PC is something like with Sandy Bridge, 8 GB of RAM and an SSD (at least 128 GB), otherwise it won’t be a pleasant user experience even in browser and office use (if multitasking is a thing for you).

The thing with Xeons from ‘06-’08 is that they use DDR2, and DDR2 2 GB sticks are really hard to find so that you could get 8 GB of RAM. And they are pricey, so uhhh… Yeah, not a great idea exactly…

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How about a Mac Pro Hackintosh ;-}

Basically, strip out the logic board and put in a ATX board in with a better CPU. I would even toy with going with an i9 chip!

You’ll need to do some reading before you go down this path TonyMacX86 is a good start and here’s a person who did it The Perfect Hack Pro (Mac Pro) build using an original Mac Pro case & parts

Here’s a supplier of the needed conversion parts Mac Pro Conversion Kits

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I would attempt this but I’m scared I’d mess up & end up screwed...

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I'm also no good at Hackintosh either, so this isn't really an option. However it's a cool idea! Thanks for your suggestion!

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A 32bit CPU means it naturally has RAM constraints, also the GPU probably lacks many modern shader support. You can still probably install modern Windows editions but modern macOS is not possible

Which makes this difficult to be relevant in everyday desktop usage beyond being children’s first computer.

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@tomchai - Surprisingly it supports 32 GB of RAM! Older DDR2 ECC which is now getting hard to find. And the built-in SATA ports are only SATA II (3.0 Gb/s).

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Wow didn't notice this one already uses a 64bit processor. So the problem is more likely to be GPU.

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Yeah that's what I was worried about. I'm considering a 2007 or 2008 Mac Pro due to the fact the 06 Mac Pro can't run modern versions of macOS & there are ways to get modern versions of macOS on the 07 and the 08 Mac Pros.

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