MAC PRO Recommendation's?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Merv'sG5, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    I would like to introduce myself, my name is Merv Stent and been a very happy Mac User since 2008, buying my first (second hand) PowerMac G5 Quad Core system to replace my faithful Amiga 4000T. I have been really happy with it's performance then and and think it's still a very fast and capable machine. But as you all know Apple and all major software company's have drop support for the PPC architecture for Intel. I have been using my PowerMac G5 for all my daily need's. But after buying an IPhone 5 I had to learn the hard way ITune's no longer support PPC. And that was the final nail in the coffin for me. Can anyone recommend a Mac Pro I am willing to spent $2000 for one second hand. But I want it to use all the latest software and be much faster than my current setup. I want to use all my old
    peripherals like Two Apple Cinema 30 & 23 inch, firewire HD etc!

    Here are the specs of my machine-

    Model Name: Power Mac G5 Quad
    Model Identifier: PowerMac11,2
    Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (1.1)
    Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 4
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    Memory: 16 GB

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500:

    Chipset Model: Quadro FX 4500
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: SLOT-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 512 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x009d
    Revision ID: 0x00a1
    ROM Revision: 2149
    Displays:
    Cinema HD:
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Depth: 32-Bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Rotation: Supported
    Cinema HD:
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Depth: 32-Bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Rotation: Supported

    NVIDIA GeForce 6600:

    Chipset Model: GeForce 6600
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: SLOT-4
    PCIe Lane Width: x4
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x0141
    Revision ID: 0x00a4
    ROM Revision: 2149
    Displays:
    Cinema HD Display:
    Resolution: 1920 x 1200
    Depth: 32-Bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Rotation: Supported
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

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    Thanks in advance,
    Merv Stent
     
  2. GermanyChris, Feb 20, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

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    GermanyChris

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    My recommendation if your not going to wait for a new one is a refurbished quad. They run 1819 or 2139 and have a warranty.

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/mac_pro

    Let me just say though you will not be overwhelmed at the performance increase GeekBench figures or not. That quad MP will be roughy 3 times as powerful but in day to day tasks it's not noticeable. The up side is it'll be much quieter.

    Please don't sell your quad, that computer will never happen again! I have one the only difference being I had 10GB of RAM. I sold it and the gentleman retuned it because it was "laggy" I took that as a sign, I'll just not part with it anymore.
     
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    Macsonic

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    Hi MervsG5. Glad to know you're enjoying your PowerMac G5. It's still a good machine. If you are able to get another Mac Pro, keep your PowerMac G5 like what GermanyChris suggested. The hardware materials Apple used in those years are of higher quality. Just use your PowerMac G5 as your backup. I still have a PowerMac G5 2ghz dual processor and still works fine as my backup. Have fun with your G5 and enjoy your upcoming Mac Pro.
     
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    PowerPCMacMan

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    Absolutely love my G5 Quad and have a Mac Pro 6-Core... Everyone is right.. the G5 Quad was built very nicely in the end. Please we recommend you don't sell that machine!!! Keep PowerPC alive!!

    Sorry, just had to comment on the greatness of the Quad. Most of the time the Quad is very quiet here and only when I am doing light to moderate video work and or encoding does it get a bit loud, but in the end she is silenced very quickly.

    The Late October 2005-2006 G5 dual core and Quad-core were and still are fine machines for everyday use. Don't get rid of it!


     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    Yes I do want to keep the PPC Dream alive and I love my PowerMac G5 Quad Core to bits, but it's getting very hard as most new software has stop development on these machines. I really need to run the latest version ITunes to download my songs on my IPhone 5! That's why I am looking at emulation of Windows XP on the Mac.

    I don't know the rest off the world, but here in Australia people can't give these machine away and the prices remain very low. For example mid last year on EBay I bought a very souped up PowerMac G5 Quad Core with 8 Gig of Ram and 2x 1TB hard drives NVidia Quadro FX 4500 GFX Card and wait for it a mint condition Apple 30" inch Cinema Display for only $448 AUD which was a steal. I kept the monitor and gave the PowerMac to my brother which he loves. But at such low prices it gives me very little incentive to keep the machine. But I know I am looking at something like a 8 to 12 core Mac Pro machine other wise I wouldn't be happy!

    Thanks in advance,
    Merv Stent
     

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