I've been offered the machine without the hard drives for $2800. (Feel free to chime in if you have an opinion about that.)
What I'm curious about is-- does anybody know what the CPU upgrade limitations would be for an HP Z800 such as this? My main concern with it is that (correct me if I'm wrong) the processors are now two generations old. Would I be able to at some point upgrade those to Sandy or Ivy-based Xeons? I don't know how forward thinking they make the mobos.
Thanks for the replies on that. I suppose that brings up another problem: If I upgrade the mobo at some point, then I would lose the SLI capability for the Quadro 5000s, correct? Or is it still possible, but just not in a certified manner?
This actually sounds like a pretty good machine for your purposes. Will the seller let you "test drive" the computer?
Well that's the trick. There's no OS on the machine right now and the seller is 200 miles from my house. (I would be purchasing it while visiting family in the area.)
So this is a rather huge leap of faith on my part. I've spoken with the seller over the phone and I got the sense that he didn't need a machine of this magnitude. So I did a little sleuthing and found that someone else in the area posted an identical (the same) machine to Craigslist a few weeks ago for $2500(!). So at this point it appears that the seller bought low with the intention of flipping it for profit. No crime there, but again... a leap of faith for me.