999$ G5 PowerMac - Good Deal?

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  1. MSmilor macrumors newbie

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    All,

    I have the opportunity to purchase the following PowerMac:

    G5 1.8GHz
    256MB RAM
    80GB HD
    8xSuperDrive
    PCI
    GeFr5200 (64 MB)
    P/N M9555LL/A

    Cost is 999$. This is one of the "crippled" PowerMacs(PCI, 4 GB max RAM, Frontside bus is 1/3 processor speed, etc). This would replace an existing G3 desktop.

    Opinions?

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. paperinacup macrumors 6502

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  3. Tachikoma macrumors newbie

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    Crap, find me a deal like that. God damnit :mad: I'd take that in a heartbeat.

    600Mhz FSB is still nothing to frown upon. Likewise, who the hell would need more than 4GB of RAM with that setup? :confused: Still has an AGP 8X slot so a gaming card will work fine.
     
  4. tsk macrumors 6502a

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    What?!? Are you nuts? A G3 will smoke that thing. :rolleyes:
     
  5. jiv3turkey748 macrumors 6502a

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  6. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    As soon as I saw the words "$999" and "G5 PowerMac" in the same sentence, I thought to myself, BUY! But I don't know enough about PowerMacs to make a good judgement since I haven't used one of the crippled ones (only used the new 2ghz ones). But hey, $1000 for a PowerMac, sure, I'd think about it.
     
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  8. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    the apple store sells a refurb powermac for 1299.- so its a good deal.

    but the dual g5 1.8 ghz is 1499.-. so for 50% more money you get 100% more performance. i'd prefer that one if you can spend the 500 bucks more.
     
  9. RandomDeadHead macrumors 6502

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    Well, I would not call that 100% more performance. More like 25-45 percent more. Probably less. Depending on the aplication.
     
  10. MSmilor thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. chucknorris macrumors 6502a

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    Ever consider getting one of the imac g5's in the refurb store? You can get a superdrive 17" from the previous generation for the same price with nearly identical stats plus, of course, a display and keyboard/mouse. Only 2 gigs of ram possible there, but that should suffice for damn near anything.

    Just food for thought...
     
  12. MSmilor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had not really considered this. Only downside I can see from your suggestion is that the Video Card is not upgradable and my 17" studio monitor heads to Ebay or the garage. Additionally, I just determined the existing PCI cards I have would non function in the G5 PowerMac since they are 5V cards not 3.3 V cards eliminating backward compatibility as a plus.
     
  13. chucknorris macrumors 6502a

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    All very, very true. I'm thinking that something like the powermac is perfect for your needs. It allows much more freedom than the imac--freedom to upgrade, accessorize, and use with existing hardware.
     

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