Might Be Getting a Power Mac G5 but.....

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by betty02, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. betty02 macrumors regular

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    Well i was brousing e-bay and was lookin at fellow forum members picturs, and saw a few G5's they look really nice, and the sexy TFT's they come with, so i thought i would brouse e-bay and have a look thinking there going to cost a bomb, really they don't actually cost that much, im so tempted to get one with net months wages, but i want to know if its worth the £150-£200? :eek: im getting a G4 12" iBook for xmas, so will i really need this, its great to have more then 1 system i know, and the iBook is portable this could be a static (aloung with my PC) but what are the pro's and cons, its soooooooooooo tempting :eek: lol, HELP!

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  2. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    £200? What sort of PM G5 can you get for £200 on ebay?!
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    We might not be on the same wavelength but £150 seems way too cheap for a Power Mac G5. Also, the Power Mac doesn't come with a screen ordinarily although of course people on eBay may bundle their Cinema Display together with their G5.

    If the iBook is your first Mac, then I'd almost give that a few months usage before buying another one, just to make sure you don't hate it. I don't think you will hate it but play it safe all the same. Not to mention you don't want all your goodies at once. :p
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    £100-150 for a PowerMac G5 and a LCD display ... :confused:

    Considering you'd want to get a dual core or a dual CPU, I don't think they'd be in that price range -- unless it's a scam.

    For the single CPU machines -- people will debate that machine vs. the iMac G5.
     
  5. betty02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well tectincly the iBook is my first mac, altough ive been working on macs at work for a few months (iBooks, Power Books and an eMac) but the iBook will be my first OWN mac, i wan't the power mac to be a static machine with more power then my Ibbok, for when im doing stuff that needs more power, and i will also use it on my network as a 'mini server' until i get the xserve next june, plus my dad liks them, he will be using it alot,

    yeah i sore either 2 or 3 go for 'around' £200 i will try find you the links

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  6. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

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    LOL! Indeed, show me the link!
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  8. betty02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, im going to be running my own hosting company dedicated to macs, but its a long way off trying not to think of it yet lol, although its ahrd not o :p, i was going to get the RAID, but its just to expensive, maybe that will come later if things go well (hopefully)

    Guys i send my aplogies, there not £200, im not sure wtf i was on about, i know i sore them cheap anyway, im really sorry, im screwed in the head, you can slap me :p lol, well despite the price (im annoyed now as i know ive seen one somewere dead and i mean DEAD cheap) but its still looks cheap (compared to the apple site) , are they worth it really as a main PC? because i can try bribe mydad to pay the extra and say 'the whole family can use it and we wont need to run stupid spyware killers everyday;

    Sorry again guys, but are there any cons?
     
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  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Well normally I'd say they're overkill for a standard household computer. Considering they don't come with a screen I'd look at an iMac G5 instead, as Sun Baked mentions. What sort of apps will you be using it for?
     
  11. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, this thread shows some real promise. It's going to be interesting to see how it develops. Can't wait for the links. By the way, how much do you reckon an Xserve would cost?
     
  12. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    On www.ebay.co.uk, check out for example auction number 8728732296, which claims to sell an iMac G5 for £125, then check out the one hundred percent clear signs of fraud:

    One day auction so you don't have too much time to think about it or ask a friend. Why would I use a one day auction to sell an iMac when a seven day auction makes more money? 99% of all one day auctions are fraud.

    "Please contact me at my work email" followed by a "gmail" email address. Good joke. 99% of all auctions that want contact by email are fraud. Anyone reading this who would post his work email address on ebay?

    Two available. Sure. Now tell me who would have two iMacs for sale?

    Now the seller. amjs3 with 246 positive feedbacks. Last time he sold anything was December 2004. Strange. Sold nothing for a year. And now he is selling two iMacs. Maybe he is selling more... Oh yes, he is selling two brand new cameras for £300 and £350...

    Do you seriously believe anyone would sell an iMac G5 for £125? Dream on.
     
  13. betty02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well you can call what you want to be honest with you mate, but if i was full of b/s then would i have told the truth that i @#!$ed up on the prices of the Power Mac? nope i would of just gone along with ti, your also pointing out the XServe, if i was b/sing angain iw ould of told the truth saying 'the RAID is too dear for me' i would of gone 'oh yes well im going to get 3000 RAID's errrmmmmm might get around 9999 Power Macs aswell, im mean your entiled to your opinion, but what i say i mean, if you don't wish to belive then thts no skin of my nose ;)


    Hmmmm an overkill by far if so then i think the iMac G5 might be better, and like you've all pointed out it comes with a monitor, and build in iSight etc, hmm will have to compare it, well it will be running the Apple Server software (can't remeber what its called (can't look eoither willt ake to long (on dial up :() its something like scan) and like i mentioned before it will be used as a 'mini server' for around 6 months or so, any more opinions, Power Mac G5 or iMac G5?

    Thanks for the tips btw ;)
     
  14. betty02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well if you don't set targets, you will neber reach high enough, 'i can't wait for the links' mate if you actually read the thread you will have noticed i appologised because i got my number @?!$ed up, so i don;t see your problem, if your not going to post advice and try help (thast what tehse forums are for!) then not besing nasty but simple don't post ;)

    yes ive appologised about my numbers, i said there wrong, and yeah i know fraudsters, so hey no need to get a little touchey ;) we all make mistakes

    Now this is to you all, i mentioned im might be getting an xserve and you all seem to think im full of b/s so does that mean everyone who sais 'im might be getting an xserve' is full of b/s? there made to be rbought not just for the hell of it so why is it such a big deal that i may be getting one? starting an online business, don't see anybody's problem

    oh and stevep im expecting to pay around £800-£1000 for the xserve why?

    Sorry if anyone tkes this the wrong way, im not going mad im just using 'constructive critisism

    Thansk to all them that are helping me

    :)
     
  15. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    No, but I'll tell you what really would be mean to say........

    .......Not saying that you can't, but if you write your hosting invoices/proposals like you're writing your posts in this thread, I doubt you're going to sell anything, let along hosting for people to place and store important files on.

    Aww sorry, I shouldn't have said that. :eek: I'll get back on topic.



    You should get a PowerMac (the lowest dual core model) and a 20" ACD or Dell 2005FPW. Perhaps you and your dad can both pay for some? That way it can be everyones but still partly yours. Their great computers, but so are the iBooks. Who knows, you may find your iBook to be powerful enough for you. Mine can do most everything I want it to, with the exception of extremely intense iMovie documents (ones getting over 60GB).

    Good luck with your purchase...
     
  16. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    And the Mac OS Server Upgrade for the used box will only set you back £700 and the spare parts kit about £650 ;)
     
  17. betty02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry about my flaming people, just my brother niked my iPod for 2 days, and he didnt admit it so i was fumeing, hes scrathed the sh*t out of it and made a rainobow on the screen, so thats being sent back

    Hmm thats a good pojt i think i may wait and actually see how my iBook handles what i want to do, thanks for pointing that out.

    Not entireley sure what you mean by this could you expand a little?

    Thnaks
     
  18. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmmm, I really thought my little post was as neutral as possible, certainly not provocative in any way.

    Anyway, I was right when I said I thought this thread showed promise. Now a few posts further down the line I must say I have a much clearer idea of what its all about.

    About the Xserve - yep, a really great looking machine, especially when its in a proper 19" rack, along with all the other network gear. So thin too, I don't know why they don't make the PowerMacs like that. If you can get one for about £800 thats really good, I'm envious. Certainly a good start for a hosting company, but you'll have to sort out that dial-up connection at some time - maybe upgrade to a T1 or T2. Best of luck.
     
  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If you get a used Server for £800 it might need an OS update, the Mac OS X Sever (the server OS upgrade) is £700 -- less if you only want 10 users.

    If you don't know anything about the spare parts kit for the servers, you definitely need to research the product.

    Since you didn't know what I was talking about, it sounds like you really don't know much about XServes and Mac OS X Server.

    A FW Hard Drive may suit your family better.
     
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    I would be very cautious buying any PowerMac on eBay especially
    when the price seems too good to be true.

    Some models are also better left alone where others excell,
    so ask before you leap.

    If you want a safe bargain, save up and buy a new revision refurb directly from Apple with the full factory warranty and available AppleCare.

    It won't take that long for the newest dual core models to show up
    on the refurb page.

    The Dell 20" Apple 20" and the Dell 24" are all great displays.
     
  21. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Just to add a bit more detail that is because the "seller" is most likely not amjs3. This looks like a hijacked account. It happened to me recently. What happens is that some fraudster is particularly on the lookout for someone who has decent feedback but no recent activity. They crack your password, unless you have one that is too hard to crack, and place fake sales under your name. They usually don't get control of your email, hence the request for buyers to email them on another email address first before placing a bid. The gamble is that on placing the sale, the automatic email notification generated by ebay is not noticed by the real owner of the ebay account, because possibly it is an old hotmail or some such account which is not looked at frequently. In the above case, the sale was shortened to 24 hours to lessen the chances of detection.

    I was lucky that I was looking at my email when the fake bids went on, and I even got an email with 3 minutes of the sales going on from somebody who was looking at ebay at the time and thought the sales looked suspicious.

    Rule of thumb, where Macs are concerned, there are no real bargains to be had on ebay or anywhere. Basic supply and demand.
     
  22. applekid macrumors 68020

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    Watch that auction get stopped by eBay in a day.

    I found a similar deal on eBay for a Dual 2 GHz PowerMac with a 23" Cinema Display for a mere $1,000. I e-mailed the guy, and he wanted payment via Western Union for the quickest delivery. He also said he got his machines straight through Europe. Right... I got an alert from eBay right away after I placed a bid. (I wanted to see where the trail led)

    The problems with this scam (I really think only one person doing this) are:

    - The accounts are stolen and hacked. Got reasonable seller ratings, but it appears like they've been hacked or stolen. Same goes for the e-mail addresses. You see several auctions, similar in wording, but the e-mail addresses are all different. I suspect multiple e-mail accounts or hacked accounts.
    - The e-mail addresses on this auctions lead to like 50,000 aliases of probably even more hacked accounts. My first e-mail went to a GMail account, got a reply through AOL, then another reminder came through Hotmail...
    - I like how the scammer is spending money to make sure eBay highlights their auction, but not a damn person buys it. I also like how they have the same auctions nearly for verbatim all over the place minus a change in user and e-mail address.

    Alas, I continue to wait for a cheap PowerMac G5... ;)
     
  23. betty02 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah we can get of dial up after xmas, my mum screwed with the phone so BT thought it would be funny to take broadband of us for a year, what are good internet service providers for T1 and T2?

    Ive been looking at 12U racks, but non that look sleek, we have one at work and its v.nice except its a floor standing cabinet, which is 54U i think, so thats far to large :(

    Don't worry i have a few months yet to learn,so i will do as much research as possible ;)
     

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