buying used...graphic design.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by pissdrunx, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. pissdrunx macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    Hello, I`m thinking of a completly separate computer just for "work". I have never owned any kind of apple computer, but I work on them in school. What I could afford is a used G5 with 1.8-2.0 dual processor. I would need this computer for the adobe graphic suite CS4. Will it do? How is upgrading, HDD, graphic card, RAM? Do you need to buy special products for apple?
  2. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    HD and RAM are pretty much stock. You can find all you need at
    Graphic cards need to be Apple specific, or rom-flashed pc versions.
    A Mac Mini might be the best choice, though, depending on your needs. It's not really more expensive than a G5 and still compares quite well.
  3. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    It does not only compare well. The current Mini's run circles around a 1.8 or 2GHz G5, by every means! (well except for hard drive IO of course :rolleyes:)

    A G5 with that clock speed is at least 6 years old and such an old machine simply doesn't work well with current software, especially when the software is optimised for Intel processors, which CS4 is.

    If your main use case for that machine is CS4, I can guarantee you that you won't be satisfied with such a G5. If you desperately want a G5, get the Quad, it is the only machine that can keep up with the low end Intel machines of these days. If you can find a Quad for a reasonable price is questionable though.

    So I definitely share the opinion of juanm, get yourself a Mini!
  4. pissdrunx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    I`m not dead set on a G5 snd I would have no problems geting a mac mini. I only thougt of a G5 because it can probably be easily modified-or not? dunno, I`m new at macs. So what kinda specs mini would I be looking at?
  5. Deepshade macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    If you want CS5 then don't get a G5 based machine. The G5 PPC processor will not run any of the new Adobe CS5 apps as they are intel only.

    Performance wise - the old G5 is pretty poor - my G5 Dual 2.5 is thrashed by later released Intel Macbooks, iMacs, just about the whole Intel range.

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