Should I invest in a new G5 now?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by molocono, May 3, 2006.

  1. molocono macrumors member

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    I think it's time for me to upgrade to a G5, but I don't know if it is the right time. I don't wanna be screwed by a new model coming out next month. Do you think the G5s are still fairly new at this point? Thanks!
     
  2. weg macrumors 6502a

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    no.
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    But it when you need it. If you can wait, then wait. If you can't, then don't.

    My advice might not seem very helpful, but it really is a good way to judge if it is time to purchase a new computer or not.
     
  4. bill4588 macrumors 6502a

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    new powermacs wont come out until Fall at the earliest so if you NEED one now then I would go for it. And if you're gonna be doing heavy photoshop/video editing I would highly recommend the G5.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    What are your needs and budget?

    If either is small enough, an iMac might be perfectly sufficient.
     
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    If you're going to be making money from this investment, then I'd go for it now. I'm assuming the sooner you get it, the sooner you will be making money.

    Another reason is there are plenty of people out there using them and there's a lot of support. The Intel-PowerMac's will be new and you will be on the bleeding edge, with little support, not a good idea if you want to stay in business.
     
  8. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Go for it...I just got my uncle to switch by the way (dual 2.3 G5).
     
  9. tonyl macrumors 6502

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    Maybe in late June. :D
     
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  11. molocono thread starter macrumors member

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    I do video editing and some graphics work. I've been getting a couple of gigs recently and my G4 just seems to slow. I can't even use Motion 2 on here. So I need a G5, and I can make up the investment in a couple of months. I just don't wanna get screwed by buying a comp now, and then in a couple of weeks the new ones come out.

    BTW, how much can I get for my G4 933Mhz machine and 19-inch CRT monitor?
    It has 1GB Ram, 220GB HD, and tons of pro software.
     
  12. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Check with the makers of your software and make sure they have Intel or Universal binaries. You'll be very disappointed if you use an Intel Mac and Rosetta to run PPC versions of your software. Plus, you may have to repurchase all your software (not all companies are giving free updates). I really think the G5 may be for you.
     
  13. molocono thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I'm gonna go for it. So how much do you think I can get for my setup?
     
  14. generik macrumors 601

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    Despite the voices of reason in this thread you are still going to jump off the cliff...
     
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    My new G5

    I just picked up a 17" G5 last week. In fact, it was from someone right here on the forum. I got a hell of a deal and for my needs, it's more than fine. I'm looking to pick up a new low end laptop, so I'm really curious about the new Macbook. I'll probably go for a leftover iBook as well.
     
  17. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    There were other voices of reason. A G5 is still a valid choice.
     
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    Gracias.
     
  19. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    Most photo and video editting software is not universal and the Intel PowerMac is at least 5 months away. If he buys a DC 2.3 or Quad now it will last him a long time. Also all the current software will run great on it. Even future software will run great on it.
     
  20. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    IMO, the G5 is the better choice. Most pro software is still not Universal. Final Cut Suite is now universal, but many of the major music apps, and of course Adobe/Macromedias stuff are not Universal yet. If I were buying a Mac right now to do the kind of work he/she and I do (video editing, graphics, sound stuff) it would be a Power Mac G5, NOT an Intel machine. That will change when Creative Suite CS3 comes out.
     
  21. DMPDX macrumors 6502

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    Nope, dont do it unless you cant survive without it immediately. Id wait until august, when te new intel desktop chips come out.
    -dsm
     
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    We probably will not see the first Intel towers till late summer around WWDC
    and they will certainly be subject to all the joys of Rev A.

    I would try to catch a Quad factory refurb for $2799. adding at least 2 GB RAM.

    I'm not sure what your old system will bring, but eBay is probably your best solution or you can list it here.

    The Quad is an amazing machine and it should hold you quite well over the next 3 years.

    The apps you're using now will be amazingly faster and the Universal Binary updates should keep you reasonably current.

    Save yourself some money an buy the Dell 2405 FPW 24" display.
     
  23. molocono thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you think about the dual 2.3? Do you think that will hold up?
     
  24. FireArse macrumors 6502a

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    Where are you Molonoco?

    Im in the UK and considering selling my 15month old 2GHz G5. It still has like 20months of AppleCare on it - and has 2.5GB of RAM. If you're in the STates, then Id think ud be better off buying from the refurb store - but if you're in the UK, PM me.

    FireArse
     
  25. truz macrumors 6502a

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    Go on ebay.com and you can find good deals on G5 powermacs with a warranty.
     

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