Any chance of cheaper Powermacs?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Willy S, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. Willy S macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    I have now been an iMac G5 owner for about a year and I haven´t encountered a single software problem, viruses or just any problems with e.g. setting up peripherals, except my Epson printer, but I managed to fix that.

    I cannot say the same thing about my experience with Windows or Linux, so I would like to keep on using Macs. I need to upgrade one of my iMacs since they only have VGA out instead of DVI and they have TN panels that I cannot use for critical Photoshop work. It would also be nice to have Lightroom run faster.

    I have looked at Apple´s offerings and I´m not willing to buy any of them for the following reasons.

    Mini: Lacks sufficient graphics card, uses expensive laptop ram.

    *I have no use for its 17" TN panel, so I would have to buy external monitor anyway.

    *20" is far overpriced and perhaps it also has a TN panel. 17" iMac + decent 20" S-IPS cost about the same.

    *It has useless iSight (the camera is too close to your face so the angle is terrible, so you look silly in it...too big nose etc)

    *It uses expensive laptop ram even though it is a desktop! That is about 150$ more for 2GB of ram than if it was a desktop ram.

    *2GB ram isn´t enough anymore!

    Powermac: You can get similar fast PC around half the price!

    iMacs don´t fit me needs but they don´t cost double the price you would have to pay for a PC with the some TN panel LCDs. If I had money to burn, I would just buy a Powermac and enjoy it, but I don´t and I need much, power, so I think I have no alternative but to buy a PC even though I like Tiger much, much more than Windows...unless Apple comes with cheaper Powermacs anytime soon? :confused:
  2. localghost macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2002
    I agree there is a gap in Apples lineup if you don't want an all-in-one, and i would love to see a (slower) sub 1500 PowerMac, too.

    The 'Macs are to expensive' issue has been beaten to death - personally I believe there is not a big difference (if at all) in price IF a) you want all the features that come with a PowerMac and b) don't compare it to custom built PCs.

    I do not really see your problem though. First, if you need a machine for professional Photoshop work on a daily basis, the PowerMac should pay for itself. That said there ARE other options, albeit not as elegant as a new Powermac + ACD: sell both IMacs, get a refurbished PM + Dell (or a CRT if this is to expensive), or simply add a good CRT to one of the Imacs and sell the other.
  3. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    I need 2 is for my wife.

    17" iMacs are not expensive if you can use the features it provides. Powermacs are on the other hand way overpriced. I would pay 1300-1500$ for a PM that is as powerful as a 1000$ custom built PC.....but not $1900 or more.

    Apple doesn´t sell refurbished macs here in Italy.

    My problem is that Apple doesn´t give my any value for my money when my needs are considered, and I don´t think that is unfair of me.
  4. Takumi macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2005
    Gunma, Japan
    Lets flog the dead horse some more then.

    Fact: CPU's from the mac mini have been replaced with faster after market products.

    Fact: Given time all mac products are going to migrate to intel based CPU's

    Theory: when the powermac's migrate, by the lowes't model and pop in your faster aftermarket chip and save the dollars

  5. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2005
    That would be a very interesting idea.

    A silent, sub-$1500 US PowerMac.

    I know they're going to be Intel, but in PowerPC terms... maybe a 2.0 GHz G5? That wouldn't be bad! I can't tell all of those Intel chips, but something like that. Still fast, but not super-fast-and-expensive.
  6. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Used or refurbished PowerMac is probably your best bet.
  7. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    1 word for ya:


    many DP 1.25 & 1.42 towers for <<$1500..........

    And CRT's are relatively inexpensive nowadays. I have seen many 17" ones for under $100, and bunches of 21"ers for ~$400
  8. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
    When i got my G5 d2.7 last year i did some speed comparisons with some of the PC at work, the only machines that matched or beat the performance of my G5 was the high end PC workstation (i think they were HP), the main reason they had a bit more speed was because the had 2x10,000rpm drives set as a RAID 0 (speed)

    These machines cost a more than the G5.
  9. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    I did some price search and I have come up with this:

    Intel D805 (2x2.66Ghz) 130 euros
    Asus P5800 SE motherboard 70 euros
    4x 1GB MDT DDR2 Ram 260 euros
    DVD drive 40 euros
    Asus 128mb EN6600GT graphics card 120 euros
    PSU Antec Smartpower ATX 2 400w 50 euros
    Some midi/big tower 50 euros
    Sound blaster audigy 4 60 euros
    Keyboard+mouse 70 euros

    Total: 850 euros

    In my case, I have usable graphics card, keyboard, mouse and a tower, so I would only have to spend 610 euros.

    When you consider that this machine has 4GB of ram, Apple should been able to make a lowend PM for as low as 850-200(512mb ram instead of 4GB)= 650 euros. The cost of producing the OSX is fixed, so I don´t know how much a contribution should be calculated, but I would guess 50 euros would be fair with a new machine. Thus the total cost could be 700 euros and Apple might been able to get a better deal that customers from stores.

    So Apple could sell the lowend PM for 1000-1200 and make 300-500 euros for each Mac sold. That is a very healthy margin.
  10. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    It isn't a good starting point to select components for a build it yourself computer and then add some vague margin to come up with a possible Apple product.

    The economics for a complete package PC/Mac are very different from a do it yourself.

    It is more realistic to start with an existing PC package offer from a large PC vendor and then create the Apple product of your dreams compared to that.
  11. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005
    this tread is a key example of a problem with apple line up. They make good pro computer and they make good computer for average people but they leave a huge group out in the cold. This group does not need nor do they want to speed the money for a power mac but the non pro models did can not meet the needs or wants they have. Now they have to choose to either pay more than they want or give up the needs they want.

    I for one hate the all in one boxes because they can not be upgraded or added to but at the same time I dont need the power of the Power mac. I need something inbettween those.

    I general hate apple desktop and think they are over priced (now the laptops on the other had I think are great computers and very well valued). But like the orginal poster stated I can (and have current PC is home built) that is a lot cheaper than the power mac. When I built it the total cost came to about $1500. That $1500 included all the software I needed and wanted (minus games). All of it was legit and legally gotten. No extras so I didnt have to pay for the extra software apple or any other OEM would include that I dont want or never would use (dont need office or a word processor, Got Office pro for free though my school you know the drill). At the time I did a test build on the apple sight with EDU to see how much it would take me to build a simmlar apple product. Started with the lower end power mac (base price around 2grand) and started upgrading to match. Came out to be around $2500.

    But then again I never want to buy a desktop from an OEM again so i as it stands I never will by an Apple desktop. I enjoy building my computer to much to give it up.

    I am still wanting an macbook pro though. Just need to get 5-6 grand in the bank first. I have several things that I need to get in the next year (new tires brake work on my car, replacing the grade I took out of emergany funds for speeding tickets things like that. A new laptop is a want not a need)
  12. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    you get what you pay for...

    this talk about having a cheaper powermac is like comparing cars. I"m sorry, but this rant is a rant and not directed at anyone in particular.

    really, yes, powermacs are a bit expensive, but with their specs, their included software and their VALUE in being a MAC, i find the prices fair (ok...the quad is out there in terms of pricing :) Plus, you have to add in the factor of market demand. as much as WE love macs, there are simply too many mom and pop shops selling PCs, therefore the prices are cheaper.

    That said, back to the cars....ya, you could want a lexus and you could want a sunfire or grand am. You could be looking at buying either or.

    We all know which one is:
    more expensive
    rides much nicer
    better sound system
    more included features
    built better
    has more 'prestige' if you will
    retains its value

    bingo...the lexus.

    now, given all those features and its you think they'd make a sub-$39 K car? no


    because people who understand value will buy it.

    you get what you pay for. also, if you want something bad enough or if you NEED something bad enough, you can always find a way to get what you get a bank loan, borrow from parents. if you really need a PMac for power, I assume you need it for work, for a business... if that's the case, then get a loan and your business will pay it off. you have to spend money to make money. first line of business in my mind. i dreaded spending the cash for my G4 dual 1.25 and then a year later, my G5 dual 2.0. but you know, they are now all paid off. i tried the pc world and it sucked...knew i needed the the all worked out.

    if you want an ugly operating system, want to worry about viruses, then get a pc.

    i may be wrong here, but i've always looked at macs in the particular order of greatness:

    i think the powermacs are designed for professional work whereas the imacs are designed for the home users. the main feature of the PMs is simply expandability.

    i agree with the others, look for a refurb or ebay mac. some great prices out there.

    best of luck,
  13. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005
    Not going to go though and pick apart you post. This thread is not about that. I think you are missing the point of his complaints and what others have been pointing out.
    He not complaining about Macs being much more expensives than there PC counter parts.
    The complain it in the fact that Apple lacks this entire middle ground in there Desktop line up.
    They have the dirt cheap (Mac Mini) Low end to middle (where most people computer needs are). Those to lines are with in an acceptible range of prive.

    And they have high end. They are missing the entire part bettween mid and high end. The jump bettween the iMac to the Power mac is huge. The jump bettween the mac mini and the iMac is not that large.

    What the orignal post wants is something bettween power mac line and the imac. And he is correct the Power macs are pretty over priced. When things get up in that end in power. Custom built computers start becoming very good opition to go to and are quite a bit more common place. For the most part I see more home builts up there in that range of power then one from OEMs.
    As I pointed out in my last post the Desktop I am running is home built for $1500. Nearest mac that came even close when I built it was around 2grand. I did not cut cost out for software. all of it on the computer is legit.
    Apple really needs something bettween the iMac and the Pro line. Some tower that has a starting price of 1200 or so. No monitor. It would give that nice middle ground to peope that a lot of people want.

    Right now a lot of people are kind of getting screwed by apple in this case. They need/want something more powerful than the iMac and needs to be upgradible with things like PCI cards hard drives and so on but they dont need the power that the pro line offers or can afford it. Now there choice are either give up the profomces out of the rig or pay a lot more money than they need to get what they need.

    Apple lacks a Prosumer line (something bettween a consumer and a pro computer) And for that reason I personally never will by an apple desktop. My needs and wants are in the prosumer area. The orginal poster based on what he said needs and wants is in the prosumer area.

    And to top it off the pro desktop line of apple are really massively over priced.
  14. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    disagree :)

    good chat!
  15. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005

    explain why because right now I am not seeing it.

    I pointing out my problem and many people other problem with apples desktop line up.
    The complete lack of a middle ground bettween the iMac and the Power mac

    Currently if you list only the desktop line you have Mac Mini, iMac and then powermac

    Now the differnce bettween the Mac Mini and the iMac is not to big and is find for a line up and argueblly you can get a mac mini close to an base iMac in power.

    But when you go from iMac to Power mac it is a huge jump and it is not possible to really make the jump small. the iMac lacks upgradiblily. It very limited on its upgrades that you can put on there.

    What apple needs is something bettween those 2. Right now it just a bad set up. His needs and my needs are somewhere bettween the iMac and the power mac. iMac is to weak and lacks the ablility to be upgraded to my needs. Power mac has a lot more than my needs so I am paying a lot of money for stuff I dont need or want.
    That is the problem right now is everyone who needs fall in that huge area bettween the iMac and the Power mac. Apple leaves those people out in the cold and the only place to turn to fill those needs is to a PC. Plus it a lot cheaper to go that route if you choose to home build. As I point out earily 1k difference is price for the same level of power. Even if you put in the extra unneeds software you are still talking about over a 700 difference in price.

    Are you telling me people who need the middle ground bettween the iMacs and the Power mac dont really matter. And are stupid for not understanding apple. It is a much larger segment of the market that people who want/need pro computers.
  16. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Not true. Today's prices at Data Memory Systems

    1GB DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 128x64 CL5 1.9v 240 Pin Non-ECC DIMM DM50 632 US$116.00 "desktop RAM"

    1GB 200 Pin DDR2-667 PC2-5300 128x64 CL5 1.8V SODIMM DM50 189 US$113.00 "laptop RAM"

    You can construct whatever artificial comparisons you want to make your pre-conceived argument ("The iMac monitor is no good so I have to buy another") but at least check your facts.
  17. Willy S thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    #17 prices:

    iMac G5, rev C: 1GB CT477886 DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64
    €111.61 inc. VAT

    iMac intel: 1GB CT500622 DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64
    €180.94 inc. VAT

    2GB would cost: 360 euro for intel iMac and 222 euro for G5. The difference is 138 euros.
  18. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    That had me rolling on the floor, LOL. I imagine an iSight with a fish-eye effect. :D

    On a more serious note, look into a refurb PowerMac G5 at the Apple Store...they often have dual core 2.0GHz models for under $1500. If you can't stand the price then you'll have to stick with a homebuilt PC for the present.
  19. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Funny. On the US Crucial site I get the following:

    iMac G5:
    DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64 US $165.86

    iMac Intel:
    DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64 US $153.25

    So its actually cheaper for the Intel Mac.
  20. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    timepass...what tasks do you to be 'middle ground'?

    Timepass, i'm being serious here...what tasks do you do to be 'middle ground'? or do you mean to hit the 'middle pricing' tier? my thinking is that the imac is the middle ground - you can burn dvds, edit movies, play games, do email, do webcam etc..etc. what more could you do, that wouldn't require a pro machine? i'm not trying to be smarta$$ here - quite serious. I think you're talking more about a middle ground price point.

    It's too bad though. i don't think you'll ever buy a mac and you're missing out on some good stuff. in fact, far better than a home built pc will ever get you.
    if you doubt me, check out expose on a friend's mac or how to colour code folders/files or better yet, think of a cool app you need, do a search on versiontracker and i'll bet you'll find it b/c folks code stuff for the macs all the time.

    i really think macs cover the middle ground.
  21. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    That said, I checked the EU crucial site and see the price disparity you quote. Clearly you guys in Europe are getting hosed.
  22. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    It would be nice if Apple made something between the Mini (with its sucktastic integrated graphics chip) and a Power Mac--something semi-expandable, sans monitor, so that leaves out the iMac. However, the Power Macs are a decent value for what you're getting. Whatever the Intel equivalent of a Power Mac will be, one thing's for sure: they won't be a penny cheaper.

  23. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    The trouble is that this guy wants Apple to be like Dell, and make machines scaling from doorstop to mega server with a million steps in between. Apple prefers to simplify things and have a few easy steps.

    Mini -> iMac -> PowerMac.

    Personally I think he'd be fine with a 2Gb Core Duo Mini, unless he's a gamer the GFX card will be fine for everything he does, as I've said many many times on this forum, I think the Intel Graphics thing is way over hyped and have found the perfomance of the graphics on my Mini to be extremely satisfactory. I'm not a PC gamer, gaming is done on the couch in my house, so I don't give a crap about the lack of vertex shaders making Doom 3 run slow. The fact is that UI responsiveness is great, Core Image stuff runs great (smoothest ripple I've seen), and even OpenGL stuff like Google Earth runs quicker on my Mini than on either of my Mac laptops, and its running under Rosetta.

    That said, its difficult for me to really recommend an Intel Mac right now for doing Photoshop as its going to be running under Rosetta.
  24. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    That's just not true. The imac is a perfect mid-range computer, both in terms of price and performance. If you disagree, please tell me what you would consider to be mid-range components at a mid-range price. The only reason the imac does not work for the OP is that the screen does not meet his requirements, and that is not going to be the case for many people.
  25. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005

    Ok I think apple laptop are great.

    I talking about the huge gap in power and upgradiblity bettween the Power mac and the iMac. the iMac has very little ablity to be upgraded (ram being the only real upgrade to it.) I think the best way to look at is take the iMac and put it in side a tower no monitor. That way you have the ability to add more internal hard drives, Upgrade the graphic card, Add PCI add on as needed.

    And you are right the huge jump in price is also an issue. It almost a 1k jump to go from a 20in iMac to a cheapest power mac (after you add in a 20 in wide screen monitor of same quility was the one on the 20in) 1k is way to large of a jump. The power jump and the price jump is way to large.

    Apple is leaving the entire area bettween Consumer and Pro out in the cold with there desktop. That is what I talking about middle ground. Right now Apple computer go from Low end to about middle (little short of it) and then up to very High end.
    The are leaving the entire area from middle to very high end in the cold.

    But to answer the person above me that killing the iMac in my book. Lock in middle of the road at best graphic card, No ablilty to add in PCI cards if something new comes out. No way to really add more hard drive space minus going to external drives which are aways slower than internal drives. Simplest answer is the CPU is a good middle ground. But the lack of everything else takes it down a lot. Start trueless headless iMac and give it the ability to be upgraded like a tower with add on cards and hard drives. That is the middle ground that is just lacking. It would of saved people who got screwed over by the orginal cards in the g5 not supporing core imanage if they could just upgrade them or a lot of other software. The lack of upgrading cuts heavily into a lifespan of a computer. For lets say $200 bucks invested in like year 2 or 3 a computer life span can go from 3 years up to 5 years and still be just as funitional. It basicly saying with minor upgrade later on you can add years to the life of the computer

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