Which would you choose? Powermac G5/iMac G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Gr80Likes2Boogi, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Gr80Likes2Boogi, Apr 27, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    NoHo, CA
    Hey all,

    So I'm getting a second computer for my theatre, only for playback purposes (using Qlab and sound files) and I'm having a bit of a conundrum!

    On Craigslist, I can find some local 17" iMac G4's for $150 (800mhz, 512mb RAM, airport card, mouse and keyboard, running 10.4 Tiger) or on Macofalltrades.com, there's a Powermac G5 1.8GHz, 2.0gb RAM running 10.5 Leopard, with mouse, keyboard and older 20" Apple Cinema Display for $350.

    I'm debating because I don't need TOO much for this second computer, as its purpose is relatively narrow. I just can't figure out if I should get the bigger, better computer for more monies or just save my cash.

    It should be noted that the CL iMac has a few install CDs, none are included for the Powermac.

    My first Mac is my current laptop, a 15" uMBP, so I don't have any experience with PPC Macs... What would you do? Thanks!
  2. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    They both sound way too expensive for the specs involved. You should be able to find a DP 2.0ghz Powermac G5 for around $200-250 these days. An iMac G4 should not sell for over $100 imo, unless its the rare 20" model.

    If you are short on cash but still want some power, look towards the higher end Powermac G4's. A DP 1.25 or 1.4ghz powermac will outperform the SP Powermac G5, and can usually be had for about $150.
  3. macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Ditto. And don't be afraid to offer the sellers a lower price.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Nov 7, 2010
    San Antonio,Texas
    It all depends on where you live...

    Like the title says. It really REALLY depends on where you live for mac prices. I was shocked that prices where cheaper in Alaska before I moved here to california.
    There were ton of great deals on Criag's List up there for gear, but down here close to Cupertino? Holy hell, you would think mac users are offering up their first born for a 1st gen 17' iMac G4.
    I had to turn to Mac of all trades for a better deal. ( I do not work for them or are in anyway affiliated with them. But in my price range a few months back this single 1.8, now with a dual OWC from eBay was the best monetary solution to upgrade from my DA dual 533.

    ~Just my 2 cents on the matter, stay frosty
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Honestly you'd be better off buying an intel mac mini, even the oldest intel one you could find would be better than the Powermac.

    If you don't want to do that though, choose the Powermac. These things last forever so you won't need to replace the computer for a long time.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Only if it was an Intel Core 2 Duo based Mac Mini, since it looks like the Intel Core Duo Minis are being left behind with Lion, and they only just about equal most G5s anyway. Personally Id go with either a Core 2 Duo Mini, or a PowerMac G5 Air-Cooled <2.5Ghz I believe... since IIRC the 2.3s pretended to be but werent liquid cooled. Dual PowerPC G5s at 2.0/2.3 Ghz will still have some number crunching power for a while yet.
  7. Gr80Likes2Boogi, Apr 30, 2011
    Last edited: May 1, 2011

    thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    NoHo, CA
    Thanks, guys!

    I love the look of the iMac G4, but that's purely aesthetic. It WOULD work for my application, though (just Qlab > Mbox2 > mackie whatever board they have me use that show)

    Fortunately, when I sounded the horn on ye olde facebook, a friend offered his G5 tower for free. All I need to do is supply a monitor, and I can definitely Amazon me a cheap flat panel. Probably the best possible scenario! But now of course I just want a G4 to put up iTunes visualizer and never turn it off =)

    EDIT: Talked the the guy who is selling the G4 iMac, and we worked out a deal that ends with me getting the iMac- FOR FREE! I work at Disneyland, so I have a pretty hefty bargaining chip... So now my dilemma is solved. 2 computers, no money out of pocket. Interesting how some things work themselves out!
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    In OSX Snow Leopard / Godalming UK
    Wow! you got yourself good deal there :)

    reminds me of when my dad brought me my iMac g4 home from work :)

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