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30 October, 2010

presenting a poor man's Mac Pro and LED Cinema Display

It has been almost four years since I use my slow iMac (24-inch, 2.33 Core 2 Duo) as the main computer. It is about time to upgrade. According to my blog entry, it was just 5 days short of 4 years.

The first brown box arrived on Tuesday, and the second (main) box arrived yesterday. I patiently waited for the main box to arrive before I open the first brown box.

Two boxes

(as usual, more photos follow...)

Before I open up the two heavy boxes (weigh 13 kg and 28 kg), I decided to take a photo of my current, well, I meant, the "before" setup.

Please excuse the messiness of my tiny office. Unlike Don, I don't have a huge office.

The “Before” photo:
office setup

Why did I choose Mac Pro instead of an iMac? Simple, I followed Don's longevity purchasing strategy. As well as Don's very important decision factor - the machine comes with options for expanding.

Here are some box shots.
My small display:
27-inch LED Cinema Display (box shot)

And the main machine:
Mac Pro (box shot)

About This MacSomehow, I have a feeling that Don would be very interested in the specs. So here it is, the Mac Pro is the lowest model of the 12-Core options. (To Don: Antony is poor!) The only changes on the main machine's configuration I made was upgrading the graphic card from ATI Radeon HD 5770 to ATI Radeon HD 5870.

Quick specifications:
Two 2.66GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” (12 cores),
1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive,
ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB,
One 18x SuperDrive.

And of course, the “After” photo. Again, please excuse the messiness of my tiny office. I will re-arrange the cables within the next few days.
office setup with new Mac Pro and 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Comparing to any of my other Macs, this Mac Pro is really fast! And the 27-inch LED Cinema Display is really a beauty.

Upgrading RAM and adding more HDDs will be my next task.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

This entry has Lightbox effect enabled. Click on the thumbnails for larger photos.

related blog entries:
my first in-house server (Mac mini Server) (2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 320M, 16 October, 2010)
my MacBook Pro hath arrived, finally (15-inch, 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 10 March 2008)
my new iMac has arrived (24-inch iMac with 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 November, 2006)
presenting PowerBook 12" (12inch, 1.33GHz PowerPC G4, 4 May, 2004)
it arrived today (PowerMac G4 Dual 1.42GHz, 14 April, 2004)

Posted by Antony on 30 October 2010 10:13 PM | Mac hardware, all things Mac, gadget, photos
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Congratulations on the Mac Pro! So I guess this makes four computers that you've bought in the time I've bought one?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 31 October 2010 3:16 AM.
What four?
Posted by Antony on 31 October 2010 11:10 AM.
In June 2006 I bought my HP laptop. Since then you've bought a Mac Pro, a Mac mini, a MacBook Pro, and an iMac, and I've bought no computers.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 31 October 2010 11:17 AM.
You remember the Macs I bought well. You bought a BMW at very least, remember?
The poor Antony still does not own a car.
Posted by Antony on 31 October 2010 11:24 AM.
Looks like a nice set up Antony, and your "office" looks reasonably tidy. DON, by the way, doesn't have an office at all!! I think he must be "poor"?
Posted by on 31 October 2010 11:36 AM.
Thank you.
Actually Don has a bigger office, with computers/gadgets setting up like a control room. You can ask Don for the photo.
Posted by Antony on 31 October 2010 11:56 AM.
That's my bedroom. Unlike you, I DON'T have a separate office and bedroom, I have to combine the two. Your office + bedroom space is much larger than my combined space.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 November 2010 9:30 PM.
Well, you have a nice comfy bed in your 'bedroom', I only have a small sofa in my 'office' which is not that comfy if I decide to lay down on it.
And back to the topic, you have more computers/gadgets than I do.
Posted by Antony on 1 November 2010 9:37 PM.
There was nothing wrong with that iMac! I bought one the same time as you and mine is still going strong :/
Posted by Jamie on 2 November 2010 1:13 AM.
Except you don't have to sleep on that sofa. Also, wow! You have a sofa for guests in your office! I don't, and you can't see the monitors from the bed.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 2 November 2010 2:27 AM.
Posted by on 2 November 2010 11:07 AM.
Congratulations Antony. Hope it pulls through strong.
Posted by John D. Egenhofer on 5 November 2010 8:42 AM.
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