It’s been over five years since I bought a Mac. I’ve been using my G4 733 tower forever and it’s time–past time really–to move up. I have no issues about opening cases, adding hard drives, memory, modems. I want to buy the very least Mac Pro that will get me through about 5 more years and let me test all new operating systems and most software.
My preliminary thoughts are a “bottom of the line” Mac Pro dual-Core 2GHz 1GB unit with 160GB main drive, GeForce 7300 GT 256MB, no displays (I’ve got dual LCDs–and I assume I can still use them with the newer Mac), SuperDrive, no built-in wireless, standard keyboard/mouse (which will go into a drawer, and I will continue to use my current setup), and no software or protection plan with the plan of adding memory from Crucial, hard drives from wherever I can find them on sale via FatWallet, and a 3rd party modem unless I can figure out how to re-use the modem from the 733. (I’d also like to re-use my USB 2.0 & 1394 expansion cards.)
Where am I going wrong? What bad choices am I making? Should I consider a fully loaded Mac Mini instead? Advise away.