Is anyone buying Powermac G5 anymore?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by drbrog, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. drbrog macrumors member

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    Why would anyone spend $3000 on a new powermac G5 when the intel versions are just around the corner. I realize that Rev A may have glitches and non-universal software will run faster on a G5, but I can't imagine spending that kind of loot on a G5 now.
    Apple should at least reduce the price of the G5s.
     
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    People are still buying them because they need them. The Power Mac G5's are great machines and as of right now, faster than the Intel Macs Apple has. The G5's are going to be supported for a long while, so they won't reduce the price, hence the reason it costs so much to get the processors anyway. There the pro machines, Apple won't reduce the price. Phf. yeah right. :rolleyes:
     
  3. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Powermacs, the Duals and especially the Quads, are likely faster than what is available from Intel right now, and maybe for some time. The iMac and to a larger degree the Powerbook were a bit underpowered, and thus saw a large boost by going to Core Duos. I don't think this is the case with the Powermacs. They still are at the top of the heap. So, no price cuts.

    Edit: beaten by lilstewart; I should learn to not try to respond to two threads at once ;)
     
  4. eXan macrumors 601

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    G5s are very fast mahines and very expandable. iMac Core Duo might be faster than dual-core 2 GHz G5, but can you put that much RAM, a second HD, an awesome graphics card it it? Can you connect a lot of monitors to it? No. So, PowerMacs beat iMacs in functionality in the low-end, and are also faster in the mid-high-end versions.

    BTW my dad bought DC 2.3 not long ago and he's happy with it :)
     
  5. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I just bought a dual core 2.0 G5 PM and love it! :)
     
  6. Xcaliber macrumors newbie

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    I purchased a G5 Dual 2.7 just a few months ago. I needed a new computer, and didn't want to wait for Intel. Like stated above, the PowerPC will be supported for a long time to come. I didn't want to wait for a Rev. B/C Intel PowerMac, (won't take a chance on a Rev. A), and other than being able to boot to Windows, saw no advantage to waiting. I absolutely love it and no regrets whatsoever.
     
  7. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    My work is getting ready to replace our old G4 towers with the G5...We're talking AT LEAST 4 months before the Power Macs are available, and if the delays in shipping on the MBPs are any indication, it could be another 2 months before you get what you order. And that's if they ship at the same time they are expected to be announced- WWDC.

    My work is on a 4-5 year upgrade cycle, currently, and I feel that the G5 will be plenty useful during most, if not all, of that time.
     
  8. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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  9. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Some people are. I just sold my Quad for $4k to a guy who used Adobe apps exclusively and needs it NOW. Those are the people buying Power Macs.
     
  10. 4God macrumors 68020

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    I just got my Quad (see sig) about two weeks ago. I needed a workhorse now and couldn't wait any longer. Also, I've learned from experience that if I feel I should wait for something better, I'll always be waiting and never be happy.
     
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Same case here. If you need a new computer now, then get one- don't play the waiting game forever. :) This is the lesson that I have learned.

    That said, I at this point in time would wait for the Intel Power Macs/Mac Pros to be released (unless you heavily use non-universal apps).
     
  12. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    Lots of pros need new systems right now and can't wait till the end of the year to see what is going to come out. Plus most users don't follow the rumor sections every day to know that they might be out as soon as in August.

    But besides that, the G5's are proven to work and are solid computers. Can't risk doing projects on an Intel with software and plug-in's that aren't universely converted yet.

    I just bought a G5 second hand. Though I was ready to buy the Intel Powermac the day it came out, I am going to wait now until Adobe CS3 and Leopard have both been shipped..and hopefully I'll have the money for it :rolleyes:
     
  13. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Are any adobe products Unervisal yet? No, and thats why people still get PM G5s
     
  14. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    I did not realize that 5-6 months was right around the corner in the computer world:D
     
  15. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Many audio professionals are heavily invested in PPC applications and plugins
    that will not be updated to universal binary for quite a while, so the PowerMac gets the job done now.
     
  16. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    No, your right- 5-6 months in the computer world is
    just short of eternity. ;) :)
     
  17. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose that if you use software that is already established for the PPC Mac system, you will be in good shape.

    The disadvantages could lie in moving to newer software (or newer versions of software) that are developed only for the Intel version of OS X. I'm not aware of any current applications, but I can think of some prospective examples. Here is one. I do a fair amount of GIS work in my current position, and the two main GIS vendors, ESRI and Mapinfo, do not make products that run on OS X. In the future, if they decide to create OS X versions of their products, they may only choose to write a version that runs on the Intel version of OS X.
     
  18. Gurutech macrumors 6502

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    to OP...
    Unlike some of the people in this forum..., many people are buying PowerMacs for their work, not to brag about it..

    Peace
     
  19. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    The majority of PowerMac buyers use them to generate income and in most cases, their investment pays for itself in productivity and reliability.

    Even if their investment were to only have a useful life of three years,
    they consider their money well spent.

    The reality is that these computers are productive for many years later.
     
  20. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Yep- trust me, if I didn't need a PM, I wouldn't buy one.
     
  21. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    Yup, when I bought my powermac I could have gotten a similary speced g5 iMac, but since picking it up I've added more ram, an aiport card & a second HD. Looking to add more ram and possibly a video card update this year as well.
     
  22. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Yeah- I was tempted by the iMac Core Duo untilI saw the RAM limitations. 2.5? That's it? Not enough to be worth it in a year.
     
  23. tuartboy macrumors 6502a

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    IIRC, with the way Xcode is set up, it is currently impossible to create an intel-only app. In the future versions of Xcode it may be possible, but I would know of no reason why a company would cut off an entire architecture from using their app by un-checking a little box during the build process. Makes no sense.

    The real reason universal binaries will go away is just simple economics. When demand is gone, supply will act accordingly.
     
  24. milo macrumors 604

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    If that were the case, why are there intel-only binaries of some apps out there?
     
  25. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    for people making money


    i run a video transfer/editing business. i'm doing ok with it and would probably do better, but i spend 70% of my day being a stay at home Dad.

    i have G5 dual 2.0 and a dual g4 mdd 1.25. i'm watching the price of the G5s as another one would be fantastic to have. i could have 3 machines transferring, editing and burning DVDs, all at once, thus increasing my sales. both of my current macs were paid off within half a year.

    g5s are great and they will last a long time. my g4, God bless its soul has been functioning perfect for almost 4 years :)
     

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