G5 for basic home use?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bashveank, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. bashveank macrumors member

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    My mom's using an Ubuntu box right now and is more or less happy with it, but she's been thinking about getting a new computer. Her budget isn't very high, around $600 tops, but I think she would like a used iMac G5 from eBay. She only ever surfs the web, checks email, and works with her photos.
    So would a G5 be a good choice, or is it too old and obsolete?
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I think that would work fine. But if you could spring for a Core Duo iMac instead you'd be that much better off. A bit more future proof.
     
  3. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    are you needing a headless mac specifically?

    if so, a newer mac mini would probably outperform an older G5, and with a much smaller footprint obviously

    d:apple:
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    It would work, but you could get a Mac Mini for that price. The mini would be a better investment, especially if Snow Leopard drops PPC support.

    TEG
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    How much is a refurb iMac in America?

    Anyway, the Mac Mini just looks nicer and less intimidating. That, or I guess a G5 tower would be OK.
     
  6. bbq2k macrumors newbie

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    I second that. The G5 is a fine processor, but the future of Intel is much brighter. Also, you can get a new Mini for under $600. Make sure you get some extra RAM though.
     
  7. bashveank thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, I hadn't thought of a Mini, that sounds like a better option. Thanks, all.
     

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