What... another macpro rumour thread???
Don't look at me this time Bob. ;-)
My thought has always been, if your current equipment is keeping you from earning money, then it needs to be replaced. If you are wasting time troubleshooting and fixing, then replace it. How soon would you be able to get the money back from the purchase by being more productive? In computer-land, there is always something new around the corner. Unfortunately with apple, you just never know where the corner is and how far away it is. The macpro is ripe for an update, and if you buy a nicely loaded current model, chances are 2 weeks later that corner will come up and smack you in the mouth. But if you don't purchase one now, either they will wait until end of year to update (in which case you are left hanging and indecisive) or EOL the the ol' goat.
If you do decided to purchase a current model, its not like it will become instantly useless the moment (if) the new towers come out. It will still be a good box with loads of horsepower. You do take some risks of being left out of some new tech (Thunderbolt, etc), but you are still using your old box and earning money with that, aren't you?
Now for the switch to winbloze, that's a different story. I don't hate it as much as I used to, now that they have successfully mimicked a bunch of OSX's key features. Mainly stability. In the end, you get the same result, its just learning where all the buttons are. Its the person using the box that makes a good end result, not the box itself. I have often thought of building my own hackintosh tower, I drool over the specs that I've read about with the latest processors out there, scads of RAM and more GPU choices than I can fathom. But, simply, I don't have the time. I need to work during the day to earn the income, and my after work hours are dedicated to my family. So, I buy prebuilt. It limits me a bit, yes, but I still get the work done.
My advice- if you are frustrated with your current system, buy a new one. Should be able to get a good loaded box from a 3rd party at a good deal, since the model lineup is a bit dated. If the new boxes come out soon after? Toss out an audible "Aww shucks" and get back to work. If your workflow isn't hampered by the age of your workstation, wait. I still have PPC towers in my office that are up and running, doing (menial) necessary tasks for my office, and not one hardware problem. The only time I've seen hardware issues with the macpro's is a guy that bought a refurb one, and that one was cursed from the start. He should have burned it in the box. The thing was possessed with evil. I think someone must have tried to load Windows 2000 on it and it permanently addled its CPU.
So, that's my .02, take it or leave it. Also, this- take a look at the upper end hardware from HP. Its nice, expandable and current. When outfitted nicely, they are nearly the same price as a macpro, so you won't save any money, but you might find that the windows environment isn't as nauseating as most apple fans make it out to be. From a technical standpoint, you'll hit a learning curve, but might be worth it. There was a great article at creativecow.com about a total Mac devotee that made the jump, and hasn't looked back.
Mark, where have you been :)
I just spoke with a guy who knows a guy at apple. No more mac pros. Period.
I'm not 100% convinced, but this guy was. I think there is hope. It doesn't matter much, though as I'll make a Hackintosh if I have to.
as much as i want a new mac pro to come out, truthfully a mobile thunderbolt rocket and an r6 isn't a bad set up, and i might get one if they do EOL the mac pro
I'm in the same boat, I've got an outdated Mac Pro 1,1. I've take it as far as she'll push. I've been eyeing this for a potential replacement: http://www.ebay.com/itm/320855782790...ht_1592wt_1322. If that falls through, I'll just snatch up a new MacBook Pro and hang in there and until Apple either announces a new Mac Pro or that they've discontinued it. If it's been discontinued, I'm going with a BOXX machine. I think that's about as reasonable a plan as one can stand by under the present circumstances.
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