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Is the Mac Pro a good value?

Tuesday, 8 August, 2006

Equivalent or Apple-vendor sourced parts used when known.

One could cut corners on the Newegg-sourced box, but that would not be an adequate comparison.

The CPUs are identical.

Totaled price for Newegg box includes a copy of Windows XP 64-bit edition.

Apple Mac
Pro
Newegg-sourced

similar machine

$
CPU (mid-range)
2.66 Intel Xeon (dual-core)x2
Intel
Xeon 5150 Woodcrest 1333MHz FSB Socket 771 Processor Model
HH80556KJ0674M – OEM
(760.99×2)
1521.98
board proprietary ASUS
DSBF-D/SAS Dual Socket 771 Intel 5000P SSI EEB 3.61 Server Motherboard
599.99
memory apple-provided Kingston
1GB 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC Fully Buffered System
Memory Model KVR667D2D8F5/1G
(168.99×2)
337.98
video NVIDIA
GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (Apple OEM)
GIGABYTE
GV-NX73T256P-RH Geforce 7300GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card
81.99
disks
  1. Apple OEM 160MB
  2. Apple OEM 500MB
  1. Western
    Digital Caviar RE WD1600YD 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM
  2. Western
    Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM
66.99
+239.99
=306.98
optical drive Apple
Superdrive
ASUS
16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI
Model DRW-1608P3S BK – OEM
33.99
case,
heatsinks, etc.
proprietary 
  1. Lian
    Li PC-V2000Aplus II Silver Aluminum Server Computer Case
  2. SILVERSTONE
    SST-ST56ZF ATX12V/ EPS12V 560Watts Power Supply
  3. Dynatron
    H17G CPU Cooling Heatsink (x2)
259.99
137.99
+(16.99×2)
=431.96
OS Mac OS
10.4.*
Ubuntu
SUSE10.1
WinXP x64 (OEM)
0
$49.99
$139.99
results $3,124.00  $3454.86 + $75 s/h = $3529.86

If Apple has worked out their quality problems, the answer appears to be yes. How about that?

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