Is a PowerMac G5 still worth much?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bass93, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    I found a guy that is selling a PowerMac G5. It's a dual 1.8Ghz with a 120GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM. He said that he just bought the hard drive and RAM for it, and reinstalled Leopard and a version of iLife. He also said he has a 19" Apple CRT Monitor, keyboard and mouse. He'll also throw in some audio recording software and a peripheral for it. (Forget what he said it was)

    He was asking $400 for it. I offered him a PlayStation 2, two home theater speakers, and $50. He said he'd take it. Is it worth buying this, since you can't upgrade these machines past Leopard?

    I thought about buying it for my father, since his computer is slow. He uses QuickBooks for his business, and that would cost him $175 which he can't justify right now. So, what should I do? I don't want to get it for him, and him not be able to use it. Any suggestions? Is this a fair trade?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    I agree, too much. You can find intel machines for less than that
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    Okay, well the speakers that I have were free. And I'd only get about $50-75 out of the PS2. So can I get a Core Duo Mac Mini for less than $150? Cuz I'd only be putting $100-125 into this G5.

    Not sure about mouse and keyboard.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    I've watched eBay for months on Mac's, especially Intel Mac Mini's. Core Duo's seem to run $350+, unless somebody lists one with a crazy low buy it now price. The online Mac shops seem to be the same price or higher, unless someone here can point out a better alternative.

    $400 cash for a dual 1.8 G5 is high. Again, on eBay you can get them around $250+ (including shipping).
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    Okay. I'll just wait then. Thanks for the input guys! :)
  7. macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    your not really paying 400

    -ps2=$60 ebay
    -speakers=??? (see in flee markets for almost nothing)
    -$50 cash


    i would take that trade
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2009
    North Carolina
    That trade you mentioned seems to be a good deal for you but I definitely wouldn't pay $400 for a dual 1.8.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2008
    Wichita KS
    I paid less than $400 total for 2 Dual 2.0GHz G5 towers. Its not a good deal. If it were 2.3GHz or faster with 4+GB of RAM, then that would be a little more reasonable.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2010
    If you ask me. I think it should be $350. Since its still a PPC. He most probably wont get $400 from a lot of people. He is asking for a bit much. In my opinion.

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