powermac g5 question

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Changen, May 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    So I found a powermac g5 used for 350.00 and was curious if it would be worth picking up.

    Here are the specs I would upgrade parts here and there.

    Processor: Dual 2.0gHz Single Core PowerPC 970fx (G5) Processors
    RAM: 1.0GB RAM (4x256MB) PC-3200 2.5v, unbuffered, 8-byte, nonparity 184-pin DDR SDRAM
    Hard Drive: 160GB Maxtor 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive,
    Graphics: ATI Radeon 9600 Video Card with 128MB VRAM with 2 DVI Ports (Supports Dual Displays).
    Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-109 Dual Layer SuperDrive (watch/burn DVD's & burn/play Audio/Data CD's).
    Modem: N/A
    Bluetooth: N/A
    Airport: N/A
    Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
    Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, 1 - optical S/PDIF (Toslink) input (24-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)
    Audio Out: 2 - 3.5-mm analog output jacks, 1 - optical S/PDIF (Toslink) output, 1 - Built-in speaker (24-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)
    USB: 3 - 480Mbps
    Firewire: 2 - 400 MBit/s, 1 - 800 MBit/s (15W total power)
    Expansion Slots: 2 - 100 MHz 64-bit PCI-X and 1 - 133 MHz 64-bit PCI-X, 1 - 8x AGP Pro
    Expansion Bays: 2 - Internal 3.5" Serial ATA drive bays, 1 - optical drive bay
    Hard Drive Bus: 2 - 1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA) controllers
    Software: Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard), iLife '08 (iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, Garageband, iWeb),
    Safari, Apple Mail, iChat, Appleworks. (No disks included)
    Included Accessories: Power Cord. No other accessories included.

    I have a Imac 3.06 mhz intel core2duo with 16gb ram and a 1tb hdd.
    Id like to move that into my bedroom and put the powerpc in the office but im new to the G5 platform or macpro if you would put them in the same category.

    Any guidance would be appreciated as I cant afford a new macpro.
  2. macrumors 601


    Depends on what you want to use it for. For day to day stuff it would be fine (with more RAM of course), but your iMac would smoke it in every measurable category.
  3. macrumors member

    Thanks for the reply. I was planning on upgrading the ram and deff the hard drive can imagine having a desktop with less hard drive space than my mb. For the price would you say its a good buy or should I hold off and see if i might be able to find a newer model in my price range. I do very minimal video editing and mainly rip backups would like to use it eventually for all my movies.
  4. macrumors 601


    I'd probably try to find a newer model, as that's one of the slower G5s made. You might be able to find a used original Mac Pro for a decent price as well.
  5. macrumors member

    Thats what I needed to hear. I probably keep looking then just wanted to get a feeler from here. Like I said I really have no experience with these models of mac so ill take most advice with open arms.
  6. macrumors 68020


    I would say $350 is too high for a dual 2GHz. If you HAVE to get a G5 go for a dual 2.3GHz and don't pay more than 300 with shipping.

    The reason I recommend the dual 2.3 is that is the most reliable model but honestly the G5's are not very reliable at all. Just look at all the G5 issues people have here is the PowerPC forum.
  7. macrumors member

    $350 should buy a Quad 2.5
  8. macrumors newbie

    I think at 6+ years out, if a G5 hasn't self-destructed then the odds of it doing so are quite low.
  9. macrumors 65816


    350 is a little high......
  10. macrumors member

    Forums mean absolutely nothing. Their entire reason for existence is to help with people's problems, so obviously there are going to be a LOT of problems reported for everything.

    A few individual complaints is not indicative of a problem as a whole.

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