should i buy a g5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zephviolent2003, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. zephviolent2003 macrumors newbie

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    i waited for the jan expo , and as i expected new intel powerbook, i have a powerbookg4 1.25 and i use logic and i want to upgrade for more power, i want to record more tracks at higher sample rates and run unlimited plugins, my current powerbook cannot handle recording 16 to 24 tracks at a time, and the graphic card currently cant handle the max and min of all the tracks and plugins, i need to upgrade soon, but with the whole intel transition that would mean waiting for the new powerpc in 6 months, i cant wait that long, but buying a quad or 2.3dual core i know i could get the power i need right now, but with this whole intel transition with the apps i know this computer will be obsolete, and to upgrade to pro tools hd, i dont know how thats going to turn out, it seems im at a crossroads. should i just get used 2.7 dual, or a quad and just bite it and do with the processing, cause the new macbook still wont handle what i need especially with how hot it will get and that always cuts processing, even in my current powerbook, any suggestions on what to do....
     
  2. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    You need to stop and take a chill pill. Whatever makes you think the PowerMac G5 will be obsolete after the Intel replacement comes out?

    Apple and Intel will be hard pressed to pump out a machine that will be better than the Quad G5. That computer is just simply amazing. And even when the Intel machines are released, there aren't many Apps that run natively on the Intel chip, anyhow. And from the reports that have surfaced so far, there are mixed experiences on if Rosseta really performs the way Steve says. This is going to have to be witnessed on a person to person basis.

    Get the G5 if you need a computer now. That computer will last you for at least 2-3 years and still be able to hold it's own against the latest technology. Apple has to continues to support PowerPC based Macs for years to come.
     
  3. skunkworks macrumors member

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    If you can live with a powermac g5 for a couple of more years buy the G5 then. Obviously all programs will be transitioned over to intel and G5 development will cease eventually, don't think apple will keep supporting the G5 after 2-3 more years. Also take into consideration that at the end of the G5 life who will buy? Applications will not be upgraded to support it. It's your choice !
     
  4. zephviolent2003 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the info, sorry i said obsolete, i just meant faster,im spending 2500 on a dual core2.3 something that i know in a few months for mac there will be a dual 3.0 or something to the sort, i see pc's with dual core 3.8 now,yes overclocked ofcourse but the technology is there and i cant wait to see whats in store for mac, and yes rosetta is the other issue, but i think your right in purchasing now will help me with all that i need, .....
     
  5. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    You are absolutely false in saying applications will not be upgraded to support the G5...or any PowerPC for that matter. If you actually think about what you are saying, you are implying Apple will simply cut off support for their ENTIRE installed base of customers at the end of 2006, once the transition to Intel is complete. What the hell are you thinking? It's not a question of when support will be dropped for the PowerPC, because it will be eventually, but the question should be how soon.

    Well, look at the fact that with the upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.5, Classic support will be (officially) dropped. This comes five-six years after the initial release of Mac OS X. That is a long time in the computer industry. Apple will have to continue to support PowerPC Macs for at least this long.

    Also, another way to look at it is Apple should continue to support PowerPC Macs as long as the software Apple and other companies are releasing can still function on a PowerPC. This will be the real end of support for the PowerPC, when it can no longer handle what the software is demanding of it. And for the top-of-the-line PowerPC's, i.e. the G5, this won't be any time soon.
     
  6. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    My guess is a revolutionary mac os XI or 11 won't run on PPC. About 5 years from the point where PPC machines can't be bought new anymore is my guess.
     
  7. zephviolent2003 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hey spencecb, another stupid question, if i get the g52.3 dual core right now, will i be able to install leapord when it comes out?
     
  8. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Yes.
     
  9. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, without a soubt, the next verison of OS X will run on PowerPC.
     

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