999$ G5 PowerMac - Good Deal?

MSmilor

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Jan 12, 2005
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Los Angeles, CA
All,

I have the opportunity to purchase the following PowerMac:

G5 1.8GHz
256MB RAM
80GB HD
8xSuperDrive
PCI
GeFr5200 (64 MB)
P/N M9555LL/A

Cost is 999$. This is one of the "crippled" PowerMacs(PCI, 4 GB max RAM, Frontside bus is 1/3 processor speed, etc). This would replace an existing G3 desktop.

Opinions?

Thanks in advance. :)
 

Tachikoma

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Jul 28, 2005
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Crap, find me a deal like that. God damnit :mad: I'd take that in a heartbeat.

600Mhz FSB is still nothing to frown upon. Likewise, who the hell would need more than 4GB of RAM with that setup? :confused: Still has an AGP 8X slot so a gaming card will work fine.
 
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MUCKYFINGERS

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Jun 7, 2005
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As soon as I saw the words "$999" and "G5 PowerMac" in the same sentence, I thought to myself, BUY! But I don't know enough about PowerMacs to make a good judgement since I haven't used one of the crippled ones (only used the new 2ghz ones). But hey, $1000 for a PowerMac, sure, I'd think about it.
 
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andiwm2003

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Mar 29, 2004
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the apple store sells a refurb powermac for 1299.- so its a good deal.

but the dual g5 1.8 ghz is 1499.-. so for 50% more money you get 100% more performance. i'd prefer that one if you can spend the 500 bucks more.
 
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RandomDeadHead

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Feb 8, 2003
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andiwm2003 said:
the apple store sells a refurb powermac for 1299.- so its a good deal.

but the dual g5 1.8 ghz is 1499.-. so for 50% more money you get 100% more performance. i'd prefer that one if you can spend the 500 bucks more.
Well, I would not call that 100% more performance. More like 25-45 percent more. Probably less. Depending on the aplication.
 
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chucknorris

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Jun 28, 2005
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Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
MSmilor said:
All,

I have the opportunity to purchase the following PowerMac:

G5 1.8GHz
256MB RAM
80GB HD
8xSuperDrive
PCI
GeFr5200 (64 MB)
P/N M9555LL/A

Cost is 999$. This is one of the "crippled" PowerMacs(PCI, 4 GB max RAM, Frontside bus is 1/3 processor speed, etc). This would replace an existing G3 desktop.

Opinions?

Thanks in advance. :)
Ever consider getting one of the imac g5's in the refurb store? You can get a superdrive 17" from the previous generation for the same price with nearly identical stats plus, of course, a display and keyboard/mouse. Only 2 gigs of ram possible there, but that should suffice for damn near anything.

Just food for thought...
 
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MSmilor

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Jan 12, 2005
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Los Angeles, CA
chucknorris said:
Ever consider getting one of the imac g5's in the refurb store? You can get a superdrive 17" from the previous generation for the same price with nearly identical stats plus, of course, a display and keyboard/mouse. Only 2 gigs of ram possible there, but that should suffice for damn near anything.

Just food for thought...
I had not really considered this. Only downside I can see from your suggestion is that the Video Card is not upgradable and my 17" studio monitor heads to Ebay or the garage. Additionally, I just determined the existing PCI cards I have would non function in the G5 PowerMac since they are 5V cards not 3.3 V cards eliminating backward compatibility as a plus.
 
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chucknorris

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Jun 28, 2005
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Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
MSmilor said:
I had not really considered this. Only downside I can see from your suggestion is that the Video Card is not upgradable and my 17" studio monitor heads to Ebay or the garage. Additionally, I just determined the existing PCI cards I have would non function in the G5 PowerMac since they are 5V cards not 3.3 V cards eliminating backward compatibility as a plus.
All very, very true. I'm thinking that something like the powermac is perfect for your needs. It allows much more freedom than the imac--freedom to upgrade, accessorize, and use with existing hardware.
 
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