George Ou, hats off to you. The ZDnet blogger assembles a very nice workstation, equivalent to a US$6800 Mac Pro, for a measly $2311. No Mac OS X, meaning Final Cut Studio is out, but I figure you can use your savings for a basic copy of CS3 or go the Sony Vegas route. Not to mention, if you’ve got strong arms and a car, you could create a great luggable live visual machine. I’d love to hear from someone who actually does video, 3D, etc., and not just George, if they’ve done something similar to this. Not only is it 1/3 of the cost of an Apple, but it’s quite a lot less than a Dell, too.

Build a Mac Pro equivalent workstation for 1/3 the cost

I will say, Mac Pro comparison or no, you could do some serious damage with a system of these specs. The plummeting costs of CPUs from Intel and other components is making high-end workstations more of a reality.

Thoughts? Any Apple fans want to call BS?

  • Douglas Rouxel

    I for one, didn't fork out the money I did for a mac just for the box and software, I bought it because it had a proper warranty, proper support and the dedicated string of shops worldwide who will (very quickly in my experience) deal with all the sill computer geekery whilst I get on with doing my music/pretty pictures geekery. So the idea that it's '1/3' of the price is to my ears at least, risible – because he has only really specified half of what you pay for with a mac there.

  • Douglas Rouxel

    Sorry to go on, but, I didn't even mention re-sale value…

  • @Douglas — well, I hear you. (And by the same token, you get some of the same things with a Dell.) At the same time, presumably this is better *for him* as someone who routinely builds systems. So in that case, his own support — plus the warranty support for components, should he need to replace faulty parts — may be a better value. And that just illustrates that the math for people is different … Apple isn't always best for everyone, but it is for some.

  • Justin

    You could build a Mac Pro comparable system processing power wise easily for 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of the Mac Pro, but not if you build it with nearly identical hardware.

    If you go for Core 2 Duo's and Quads rather than the Xeon you can build a box that is "nearly" identical in benchmarks to the Mac Pro or better if you overclock.

    The other benefit to sticking with Intel hardware is you can easily make a system that will run OS X.

  • grigori

    For some reason I had thought of the scene from the movie "Forrest Gump". Anyone recall his memory flashback when he was able to reassemble his weapon and put it back together in some record time. Bang bang bang and its done. Same I feel goes for George Ou, who is probably just as gifted in his area of expertise, except while you buy commercial product from Apple and Dell with a warranty, he would put 3 systems of stronger value instead. The beauty is that anyone has a choice, pick what suits you best.

  • Problem with these sorts of things – New Mac Pros announced today, 1600 fsb, Serial Attached Scsi 15k optional storage, PCI express 2.0, better graphics cards, etc etc. 8 Core Standard at $2800. Delta is now $500. Ha.

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