Apple Power Mac G5?

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  1. Liquinn, Dec 30, 2011
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    Thinking on buying a PowerMac G5 for £184.00

    PowerPC G5 2.0GHz Dual
    2GB DDR
    80GB HDD with OSX 10.5 Leopard installed + iLife 08
    3 USB Ports
    2 Firewire 400 Ports
    Superdrive - for burning CDs + DVDs
    Average condition (we class it Grade C - scratches and marks present from use but fully functional)
    Full working order, 3 month warranty from date of purchase.

    This a good deal?
     
  2. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    In the US, I'd expect to pay about $150 for a machine like that. The hard drive is awfully small for a Power Mac, and 2 GB RAM is . . . adequate.
     
  3. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Is it worth buying? Hmmmm... It'd be nice to have a Power Mac and Macbook Pro 17" combo though.
     
  4. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    That's the question only you can answer - "worth" is a value judgment that you have to make.

    It's true that having a Power Mac and a MBP would be nice, but recognize file transfer, etc., could be challenging as the PM is forever on Leopard.
     
  5. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Does the Power Mac consume lots of electricity?

    hmmmm.... It shouldn't be a problem though :p

    I'm thinking on getting the Power Mac first before I get the MBP if I do decide to get it.. hmmm...
     
  6. AdrianK, Dec 30, 2011
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    A CoreDuo Mac Mini can be had for a only a little more than the PMG5. They can be upgraded to Snow Leopard and you can drop in a Core2Duo for ~£40.

    What will you actually be doing with the machine?
     
  7. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    True true :)

    I really want a Mac though. And it's killing me having to wait for the Ivy Bridge MBPs.

    As I know if I spend £2k+ now on a MBP; I'd be gutted in 4 months when the new models come out.

    Even the old iMac G5s are still quite expensive on eBay.
     
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    When could I order it? Could I get it in a few weeks?

    And true, will the Powermac G5 even support 8GB RAM?

    Do they use much electricity?

    Thanks
     
  10. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Those early mac minis are within the price range of the PMG5 in your OP...
     
  11. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Links?

    Thanks
     
  12. Consultant macrumors G5

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    I use a PowerMac G4 as a server and as a file downloader.

    You can stick multiple harddrives in it easily.

    G5 is much quieter. As to price, it all depends on the price in your area.
     
  13. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    I see. :p The prices for the old Macs are horrible :(

    What puts me buying a PPC machine on eBay is no warranty; what if something goes wrong?
     
  14. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    Id say a ppc machine was pretty useless these days
     
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    I don't agree with that statement. It all depends on the individual's needs, not on it's wants, imho.
     
  16. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    If you need a file server or something very specific then it could be worth it. For general computing your only ever going to be disappointed by a pcc mac.
     
  17. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    I don't think I could spend 150+ pounds on a PowerMac G5... thinking about it

    What if something breaks?

    There's no warranty or anything which sucks :(
     
  18. mike457 macrumors 6502

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    You are talking about an old machine (5-7 years), so you can't expect it to be covered by a warranty. That said, a G5 will cover basic functions (email, word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing, viewing non-HD videos) in a perfectly satisfactory manner.

    I use my G5 for all of these on an occasional basis, and primarily as a server. I have added a sata card and equipped it with extra drives, so that it now has 6TB of storage. It is true that it uses more power than an up-to-date model, but on your monthly power bill, you won't really notice.

    Old Macs do tend to hold their prices well. That said, ₤184 does seem high, though you do say they are giving you a three month warranty. In Canada, I paid ₤125 a year ago for a dual 1.8.
     
  19. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    Yeah I see what you mean.

    Thanks for the advice. :)
     
  20. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Although PowerPC machines are aging, they're still pretty reliable and you'd have to be pretty unlucky for one to break down on you.

    And if something did go wrong they're always pretty cheap to repair, so no need to worry too much :)

    This is just another recommendation from me, how about looking at dual MDD's? They're pretty fly machines and will handle a lot of the stuff a G5 can. Just food for thought...
     

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