dual 1.25 PM G4 or PM G5 1.6?

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  1. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    I found some on ebay but I don't know how much they are really worth and if it would be better for me to just save up to get a DC 2.3 ghz G5. :confused:
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    both these machines will be farily slow and old. do not expect to watch much youtube - they will be usable for word processing, emails, music etc.

    i say save up for the dual G5 - very good machines and still quite powerful.
     
  3. raysfan81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well i can watch youtube on my 400mhz G4 :D
     
  4. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    It depends what you need it for. Personally, of these 2 I'd choose G4 (especially if it'd be 2MB L3 one) and OC it to 1.5 GHz (if you "need it now"). G5 1.6 is slow, even with available upgrades.
    If you're not in rush, consider saving up for this 2.3 DC.
     
  5. MaximusUK macrumors newbie

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    DoFoT9 of course you can watch Youtube on these computers! Are you saying this because you have little experience with older computers?
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    probably SD ones only, no doubt? :(
     
  7. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Of the two i'd certainly go for the dual G4. And I wouldn't pay more than about $100-125 for it. A dual G5 would certainly be a faster option, but again, try to keep it below $200.
     
  8. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    below $ 300 for a dual G 5 :eek: here in the uk you pay that for the 1.6 g5 if its partly working in a damaged case ,
    you pay already more then $300 in the uk if the case is in good nick

    i would go for a powerMac G4 as i did ,and and fit a 1.8 G4 7448 upgrade in it
    despite the slower bus speed it still brings a intel dual core into trouble to keep up and i like the style of the G4 powerMac's more
     
  9. drewdle macrumors regular

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    Indeed. But why watch some kid cracking his skull open on a skateboard in HD? It's just as funny in SD. Just sayin'. A dual processor G4 will chew through YouTube on the lower settings. Those machines are many times faster than my iMac, and it can do it, albeit again in SD.

    I would, of the two, get the G4. The reason I say this is that G5 systems were not nearly as bulletproof. Power supply and motherboard issues were far more common on those systems. You might get some extra speed (and a newer computer no doubt), but it might be taking a dirt nap sooner than the G4. Specifically, if you don't have your eye on a specific model, the 1.25DP G4 with FW800 (not the last ones they built, which were single 1.25s). The G4s will be cheaper too.
     
  10. raysfan81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well i got the dual 1.25 for $45 dollars and it has leopard on it! I just need to do a backup when i get it and I'll be good to go. It does have something written in marker on the front of it but hopefully i can get it off.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    damn thats cheap! nice one - how is the performance?

    marker should come off with metho or something similar.
     
  12. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    $45's a great price, especially for a dual processor model.

    For anyone else reading the thread,
    I wouldn't have been investing in a DC 2.3 ghz G5 nowdays, the Mac mini a much more sensible option.
     
  13. raysfan81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's shipping to me right now so I dont have it yet. But when I get I'll give you guys an update. FedEx says its going to get to my house about monday or tuesday.
     
  14. raysfan81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The G5 just looks so much cooler than the mini. More professional and more powerful looking IMO. ;)
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    agreed, the power of the Mini dwarfs that of any mini.

    take some pictures :p :D
     
  16. raysfan81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    LOL I misread the item description on eBay and I got a single processor MDD. :D Whatever, its still lightyears faster than my old g4 and looks much better too.:rolleyes:
     
  17. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    nothing wrong with a single processor , especially not if its the 1.25 MDD as the last powermac with G4 processor in production until end 2004 the duals discontinued long before that ..l think 1 year :confused:
    so well worth having ,wish you loads of fun with it :)
     
  18. raysfan81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks a lot man. I do believe it is the last MDD. I really like it so far and then I may decide to buy a dual 1.42 MDD sometime later on. :)
     
  19. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

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    Holy cow! You got a GREAT deal on that! The working power supply alone is worth more than what you paid. The dual 1.42 module will be an easy upgrade for you since you already have a 167 Mhz system bus.
     
  20. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    That doesn't make sense. Which Mini dwarfs which mini?
     
  21. raysfan81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but on eBay the dual 1.42's processors sell for almost as much as a dual 1.25 full computer. I'm going to keep my eyes out for a complete dual 1.42 system probably.
     
  22. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    WOOPS! :rolleyes:

    the power of the new mini's dwarf that of the power macs. how's that? :cool:
     
  23. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    Not quite true. The PowerMac Quad is more powerful than any mini :D
     
  24. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    thats funny, as the highest end G5 gets 3284 on geekbench, and the latest mini gets 3284. :)
     
  25. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    I did some benchmarking between a PowerMac Quad and a MacBook Pro 13" (uses exactly same processor as the latest mac mini) on the applications I use in this thread:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=966378

    PowerMac Quad is measurably faster than any Mac mini. Your mileage may vary depending on the applications you use.
     

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