just bought a g5 1.8 dual

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  1. MAGICMAN320 macrumors member

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    just bought a g5 1.8 dual, 2 gb ram and 17 inch flat clear monitor from my friend for 1,400.00. should i call him a friend?
    He also threw in a wireless mouse and keyboard.
    should i go choke him or thank him.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    That's a good machine, not a steal but a decent deal.
     
  3. MAGICMAN320 thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh okay, i think i'll still choke him.
    i have no cds, restore disk or anything. where can i get them from?
    i want to wipe off all the garage band and pro tools stuff. or should i leave it on?
    i have more questions. if u have a minute or two ....aim# damagicman6 or yahoo # magicman3202002
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Well I assume you had an active part in the transaction as well... so choke yourself too... Wait, that didn't come out right. :p

    By rights, he should have provided the original OS CDs that came with the machine.

    You can buy OS X Tiger from Apple and iLife. You can ask Apple if they will replace the restore disks for you, but don't be surprised in they say no. Then, you'll need to go cruise eBay from disks for your model.

    ProTools (unless its the ProTools Free) shouldn't be on there, unless you have a ProTools hardware interface (the software won't work without the interface anyway so it's a wash). You can just throw the ProTools folder away if youre not going to use it. Also search for and remove any file that says Digidesign.
     
  5. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    That's a pretty good deal IMO. Quite a bit less than I paid for mine back in April. Of course mine wasn't used, but still... Ask the seller for the restore disks. You really should always have those with your Mac (or any computer).
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Go thank him; thats a nice deal.

    Dual 1.8GHz PowerPC G5 Processors & 2GB of RAM will give you nice performance! :)
     
  7. MAGICMAN320 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanx. i really appreciate your help.
    guess i can cruise ebay for programs too huh?
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yeah, but just realize that a high proportion of them will be pirated or not registerable/upgradeable because the seller is retaining the license.
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    You can, but I would recommend buying from Apple.

    ***Edit***
    -Beat to it by CanadaRAM.
     
  10. MAGICMAN320 thread starter macrumors member

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    what would u suggest i do as far as mods to maximize the output?
    i mean i was using a g4 466mhz so i guess im soaring already.
     
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Like you said, your new Power Mac G5 beats the living daylights out of your old G4. But depending on what you plan on using your G5 for, a new video card might help speed things up. You already have 2GB of RAM, so you are fine there. Not much else to say, except keep processor performance (in energy saver) set to highest for optimum performance.
     
  12. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    i'd say that's a good buy. i have a dual 1.8 G5 (second gen) with 1.25 GB RAM, 64MB video card and an 80GB hard drive and i'm still getting offers of $1500 for it. great machine, which i will be keeping for a while.
     
  13. G5power macrumors 6502

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    That doesn't sound like to bad of a deal. I believe that the Apple store has had dual 1.8 PM's for $1299. The extra memory that is installed will keep you from wanting/needing to buy memory right away.

    Is the monitor an LCD or CRT? If it is LCD then your deal sounds good.

    It does sound unusual that a relatively recent vintage machine is missing the discs that would have shipped with it.
     
  14. revisionA macrumors 6502

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    Macmall.com has a good deal on tiger, so does macsales.com

    You can find deals, but ebay software is one step above p2p software... anything better than 15% less than retail is probably not original softz and not worth the effort.

    Buy your OS, even if you are too cheap/broke to buy anything else. You cant risk dodgy performance on everything...

    $cott
     

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