Dual 1.25Ghz G4 OR Single 1.6Ghz G5 ????

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Inocense, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. Inocense macrumors newbie

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    I am new to the MAC world and I have been forced into it by the problematic PC's. I will be purchasing a Mac sometime within the next 2 months after my research that will hopefully provide me with comfort in making a decision...

    Money at this point is an issue, therefore I am limited to either the Dual Processor 1.25 G4 or the Single Processor 1.6 G5...

    My main uses for this PC would be Gaming (Halo, UT2003), internet surfing/chatting, and Adobe Element type of software for digital camera images.

    I need some serious advise on which one of these 2 I should purchase and I am hoping someone on this forum with everyone's extensive knowledge can assist! :)

    I cannot find any benchmarks comparing these specific 2 Mac's so I am at a loss.

    Thank you in advance for any and all of your opinions/advise. It is greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    forget G4 its on the way out. thats why its in ibook/emac. I just got a flyer today from MacConnection they have 1.8 new G5s for 1699.00 and you get 1 gb of memory for a $29.00 dollar installation fee. takes about 1 minute to installl memory on the G5s. This is a Great G5 buy and i have considered it but its still a little to close to my 1.47 G4. anyways a Great bargain.
     
  3. neonart macrumors 65816

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    I'm in the same boat as you, but I already have the DP1.25. I'm looking for better gaming.
    I can tell you Halo and Raven Shield, and Ghost Recon play very good on this machine with a Radeon 9800.
    But when comparing the 1.6 G5 to the DP1.25 with their stock video cards, the G5 may be a bit faster. Here is a comparison that may help:
    http://www.barefeats.com/halo.html

    And since you are not in a rush to buy right now, new G5's are due soon, so you may end up with something a good bit faster as an entry level machine.
    On the other had for video editing, PS, etc, the dual processor G4's are faster.

    I hope this has helped confuse you more...;)
     
  4. Inocense thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ouch.. ok ok...

    Alright.. So you 2 threw me definetly into the G5 catagory.. Now here is my other issue...

    Do I buy a NEW single 1.8 G5 for $1,600 with a gig of memory OR... Do I buy a REFURBISHED DUAL 1.8 G5 from Apple for $1,999??

    Man this is killing me here.. Every time I check into something I am tacking on the money! heh.. ~cringes~

    The only way I am looking at it right now is that I can always upgrade memory but I cannot upgrade the processor...!?

    Any additional comments?
     
  5. Hackcomic.com macrumors regular

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    Where did you see a single 1.8 for $1600? I just got a single 1.8 from mac connection for $1699 after $150 rebate. But I jsut saw the refrub dual for $1999 and now I have buyers remorse. I need to stop reading this forum. ;)
     
  6. neonart macrumors 65816

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    Im a big fan of dual processors and refurb stuff has just as good of a warranty as new from Apple.

    But consider that for gaming duals are usually of little advantage, and you can spend the extra $300 for a Raptor 10000RPM HD and even more RAM...
     
  7. maclamb macrumors 6502

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    dual definately.
    BUT, be aware that it is going to make an awful chirping noise serach on G5 chirping here and at apple's support discussion page
     
  8. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

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    The chirping noise is apparently hit or miss. I got a dual 2GHz G5 in mid-november, and it's very nice and quiet. The dual 1.8's are newer, too, so you might get better luck than the first batch of duals with the chirping problem.

    At $1999, the dual 1.8 is an awesome machine. I'd go for that one, especially given your list of things to do on it.
     
  9. Inocense thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :D

    Excellent.. I think that is what I will do then.. Put the extra money into a Duel and save up for added memory, etc..

    Thank you all for your detailed input.. You were all of great help!
     
  10. mms macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah like everybody has said, forget the G4. It is dead. The G5's are better, will last longer, and hopefully 64-bit computing will become an advantage in the near future.
     
  11. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    you won't see that much difference between a dual and single 1.8 G5 in most applications.
     

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