I can't seem to get away from Mac computers. Oh, yes, long ago I decided to stop buying and repairing Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros. I sold all my parts for less than I wanted but they still were sold. I haven't tried to work on an iMac since they started gluing the screens in place.
But. The Mac Pro has stayed with me. The Cheesgrater (or cMP as it is known) is still one of the best things Apple ever put out. My 2009 cMP is still relevant, still fast enough for many modern tasks and still fun to modify.
That's why when I saw one advertised as faulty (which had good specs and some useful add-ons) I made an offer on it and drove 3 hours (each way) to pick it up. I was pretty sure that I knew what the issue was and after a bit of tinkering, my guess was confirmed. Now, I don't need two of these machines, so I am now in the process of setting up the newly bought machine with an OS, a new graphics card (that was the issue) and some more RAM. The plan is to sell it for more than I paid for it, so I can afford a new electronic drum module.
So far, I have the new GPU and an OS loaded on SSD, with an extra 1Tb HDD added in for storage. Let's hope I can make enough to make the whole exercise worthwhile but even if I don't, it's been great fun working on this project.
Will I buy another one and do the same? Oh, yes.
I will drop some pictures into the "Project" page on the site shortly.