G5 vs Mini's...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Indohottie, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. Indohottie macrumors 6502

    Indohottie

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    Hey

    Just a quick check of people's opinions.. I have the following choices:

    1.6 ghz G5 Powermac
    3 gb ram
    80 gig Hd
    Superdrive
    BT
    Nvida GeForce FX5200
    700 local

    1.83 Intel Core Duo Mini
    1.25 gig Ram
    Superdrive
    120 gig HD
    BT, AE
    700 plus shipping

    Refurb Mac Mini...


    I am going to do some light work with it, I have a 20 in LCD so no need for monitor to play a part.. light web browsing, mainly the computer will be my main hub in my house, will have externals hds connected for file sharing, and hold my itunes and other media.

    My gf will be using the computer some as well..

    Thanks.. Frank
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Is that G5 one of that short generation of single-processor PowerMacs? What video card does it have? Or is it a revision A iMac?

    I would say, particularly with the PowerMac, the fact that you want it as a hub and the fact that you can mount four or five SATA hard drives in it would be a compelling point. You said that you were planning on externals, but with a PMG5, just get a G5 drive bracket and put them all inside!
     
  3. liketom macrumors 601

    liketom

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    Mac Mini all the way - the Powermac G5 1.6's was not that good IMO

    Mini will be easy to sell as well in a few years over a older heavy Power Mac G5 Single 1.6Ghz
     
  4. pengu macrumors 6502a

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    I agree the mini is probably the way to go for what you want, less noise, smaller etc.

    as for selling it though, i cant say the WEIGHT of a machine has ever really been an issue when buying a desktop :confused:
     
  5. liketom macrumors 601

    liketom

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    when i sold my Powermac 1.8 it cost me over £90 to ship the dam thing
     
  6. Indohottie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Indohottie

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    I am not really worried about selling the computer..

    I have always wanted a G5.. but I think I might be short changing myself on a better computer in the mini..
     
  7. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    The mini is the better choice, more than double the processing power, AE, smaller and more future proof:)
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

    clevin

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    for pure computer power, G5 is better, better Graphic card, larger ram.

    the only problem I have.

    G5 is a dying products, in 4-5 years, u will have very limited chance to use new softwares on it.
     
  9. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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  10. compuwar macrumors 601

    compuwar

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    Please post a picture of the gf, so we may fully evaluate your question ;)

    Seriously, I'd also go with the Mini, but make sure you've got AppleCare factored in to the price, as some refurbished systems have a tendency to keep having to go back- most don't- I've owned two refurbed Powerbooks that were just fine, but I'd add it in as insurance.
     
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I... 12th? the mini. G5's are good, but it doesn't sound like you need the graphics power, and the G5 is gonna be slower in every way except the video card.
     

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