Yeah, the EFI limitation in that Mac Pro from 2006 meant that I was stuck at 10.7.5 supposedly, but people found a workaround where they did a hack and, like I said, I was able to get it to 10.9.5 Mavericks.
When Toon Boom had that insane upgrade offer for me to go to Harmony Premium from Animate Pro for $500 I jumped at the chance. But… I did not have a computer to run it!
So, I looked at iMacs, I looked at the new Mac Pro, the cylinder shaped, etc, and I investigated maybe building a Hackintosh. The Hackintosh route was one that I just did not want to pursue. I had spent a lot of time and effort keeping my old Mac Pro going and hacking it at the end and I just did not want to do anymore of that moving forward.
But then the new hardware did not thrill me either. And the money to get that new hardware seemed ridiculous. So, I thought why not see what older Mac Pros could still provide?
Yes, they have older architectures, the Mac Pro I got from 2008 does not have USB 3 or Thunderbolt, or Bluetooth 4, etc. I was able to buy a PCI card that the SSD plugs into so that I get faster speeds out of it than I would if I plugged it in like a regular SATA hard drive. Yes, the PCI bus was only 2.0 and the SSD does not achieve the top speeds that it really should but it is still way faster than a traditional SATA drive.
I got a mini-PCI card for the motherboard that has an updated WiFi/Bluetooth 4 chipset on it. When I bought this 2008 Mac Pro it already had a USB 3 PCI card in it. Again, the PCI bus being slower means I don’t see USB 3 speeds but still it is faster than the native USB 2.
I spent a little over $700 to buy and max out this “old” Mac Pro. Some of the items I haggled for on eBay. If somebody wanted $150 for a graphics card but had a make an offer button, I countered with $100. I was merciless. I took my time and had a budget and would not overpay. Did it all in two weeks.
How long will it be able to keep up and running? Haven’t a clue.