Best use for an old G5 tower

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Ant.honey, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Ant.honey macrumors regular

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    I have an old G5 dual 1.8 with 8 gigs of Ram (only 6 shows up lately). What do you think, other than using it as a music/media server for the home (I'd have to get an Airport card for it), is the best use for it - or should I just sell it and get whatever I can get? Space is limited as I live in NYC.
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Like I tell everyone who asks this, the G5 is big, uses a lot of power, and generates a lot of heat. I'd sell it and buy a Mini with the proceeds.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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  4. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    If you had a computing need that wasn't being met and you needed another computer to fill you would know that on your own.
     
  5. Ant.honey thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys. I don't need it.
    Now to find someone who does need it
     
  6. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    You need 100 posts to place ads in the market place here but you're only 20 away I see in your profile. If you can find 20 different interesting things to say around the forum you can use it. :) More realistically though.. I would use Craigslist.

    I guess they want to avoid new members that are only interested in the marketplace so the make the 100 post minimum rule.
     
  7. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    You need 250 posts to access the marketplace.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:Marketplace_Rules
     
  8. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    I confused the marketplace rules with the political forum rules.
     
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  10. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    Get another G5 and a table top and you have a table/desk.
     
  11. MattA macrumors 6502

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    yep, I'm at about 180 posts. I think the whole 250 posts to access the marketplace is a bit extreme, but what do you do? :(
     
  12. Ant.honey thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's a damn short desk.

    I didn't even know there was a marketplace here, but it makes sense.
     
  13. reddrag0n macrumors 6502

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    I took the side off of a dead G5 and files down all the posts and screw holes. Now it's a floor height laptop desk. Gf's 15 year old was using it and she liked it
     
  14. SuperJudge macrumors 6502

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    That'd be a great geeky coffee table, though. I think I may end up doing precisely that!
     
  15. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd hook it up to your TV and get a wireless game controller and throw in a good graphics card. Emulators ftw. Seriously a g5 dual 1.8ghz and 6gb ram should run even ps2 flawlessly. Also dolphin, the GC/wii emulator runs like a charm on a ppc.

    Of course, you'd need an internet connection to download those LEGAL BACKUPS from YOUR MACBOOK PRO. I'd just get a mac usb wifi n card, look on amazon.
     
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  17. vohdoun, Nov 12, 2011
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    vohdoun macrumors 65816

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    Any recommendations?

    Currently looking at, Edimax EW-7711UAN 11N 150MBSWireless High Gain 3dBiUSB Adapter.
     
  18. Tyroler macrumors member

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    Apple would give you a few bucks if you trade it for a new Macbook or iMac
     
  19. Neodym macrumors 65816

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    If it was not for space constraints, i'd say: Sell the innards (logic board(s), CPU, Ram etc.) as spare parts and build a serious hackintosh into that housing...
     
  20. sigamy macrumors 65816

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    Space and power consumption are a consideration, but if I had a tower I'd throw a bunch of hard drives in and make a software RAID backup solution and NAS device out of it.
     
  21. vohdoun macrumors 65816

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    I don't think so.
     

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