Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2013 10:32 AM (in response to Maronan)
ANY Mac Pro may or should be able to run 10.6.8.
Even though it ships with ML if you can get 10.6.5+
You can run 10.6.x in a VM too under ML.
I would avoid 1,1 thru 3,1 though. Not knowing the price but a 2010 can be had from Apple for $1800. Plan on that as base entry system.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2013 11:09 PM (in response to The hatter)
I thought the logic board change in the current generation Mac Pro meant it couldn't boot Snow Leopard (and that 10.6 wouldn't run in a virtual machine except for the server edition).
I found a 2009 model for $1,200— that's the Mac Pro 4,1 and the first Nehalem model. Good deal?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 8:21 AM (in response to Gerald Edgar)
There is the "Pre-Mid-2012" and then there are the "latest" boards that came out last summer.
During 2011 and when systems stopped shipping with Snow Leopard, and hence, without the OEM DVD, it was a question and yes you don't have to use Lion (or Mountain Lion). But you may need 10.6.8 thumb drive, the retail DVD 10.6.3 won't work
OP is coming from G4 PowerMac world and would not have 10.6.8 or the discs.
So we know you can make it work but not sure how that helps.
The only processor upgrade that most do is $600 W3680 - if needed (likely you won't).
the issue with grahic card? some rumor or didn't understand? they need 10.6.5. And if you REALLY want to go all out on GTX 670 or something you need 10.8.2, which is excellent reason to stay with Mountain Lion.