iMac G5 2.1 GHz or PowerMac G5 Dual-Core 2.0GHz

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by daneoni, May 14, 2006.

  1. daneoni macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    Hey everyone,

    Turns out i need a powerful mac as my PowerBook whilst steller still struggles occasionally. Especially when dealing with HD.

    Sooo i found a refurb Dual core PowerMac G5 for about £980 as opposed to the original £1399 and i know it'll come with extra RAM as most refurb Desktops do. I also found an iMac G5 2.1 GHz also a refurb for £870 which i'm considering. The iMac would be a better as i won't have to spring for a display with it like i would the PowerMac.

    However i'm tempted to get the PM as it is expandable and they say two heads are better than one. Also the PowerMac will mostly likely have a better resale value than the iMac

    What do you guys think?. Also for owners of these individual systems, whats your overall review of them and which is significantly noisier?

    I'll be using either of the machines for basic computing such as web surfing, music, photos, mail etc as well as casual photoshopping, casual garageband and of course HD content (recording and viewing)

    PS- Intel machines are out of the question. I tried intelitoshes and whilst they are capable machines they aren't for me....yet.
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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  3. Platform macrumors 68030

    Platform

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    I would buy the iMac, the screen is great very crisp and clear.

    Fast, FrontRow, iSight, foot print etc ;)
     
  4. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

    ImNoSuperMan

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    I second that. Granted you`ve ruled out any intel config.
     
  5. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

    yankeefan24

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    And I can third it. It is faster than any other Mac (except intel core duo in some cases and other PMs), and will work great. And the expandability you said. Also, you can just carry on the external display to your next computer if you wish. I would get that.
     
  6. daneoni thread starter macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    Thanx for the replies but i didnt act fast enough, the G5 is gone...someone obviously wanted it bad. Soo i'm stuck with the iMac
     
  7. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Bummer- I don't think you'll see much difference between the iMac and the PB. Can you wait for another PM deal? I would. You'll glad you did.
     
  8. Queso macrumors G4

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    Sorry to disagree Lee, but the iMac's faster bus speed, hard disk and memory will produce a major speed increase over the PowerBook.

    As you say though, it won't be anywhere near as fast as the Power Mac. Daneoni, it's probably better if you wait. For video work, always get the fastest you can afford.
     
  9. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    I know what you mean, but I personally have never noticed much difference (from a user point of view) between the G4 and G5 unless I were using a dual processor or dual-core G5 machine. That's just my personal experience. If he really wants a boost, dual PM is the only way to go with tons of RAM. And like you say, I would wait.
     
  10. Queso macrumors G4

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    There isn't much difference until you start doing the real number crunching stuff like DVD rendering. Then the G5 really flies ahead, even in an iMac with the 3:1 clock speed ratio between processor and bus.

    Anyway, considering we've both recommended the Power Mac, this is all academic. Can you tell I'm procrastinating about something? :)
     
  11. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Oh- well, I DO love my dual-core PM G5. :) You'll love one too. ;)
     
  12. Queso macrumors G4

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    Are you trying to make me and my iMac feel inadequate? :p
     
  13. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Ha-ha! Is it working? ;)
     
  14. Queso macrumors G4

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    Not unless you've also got a 23inch screen :D
     
  15. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Oh well! Only 20" :)
     
  16. Queso macrumors G4

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    Then my ego lives to fight another day!!!

    Who'd have though three inches would be so important? :rolleyes:
     

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