GOod Trade? Custom Gaming PC for PowerMac G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by metroid87706, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. metroid87706 macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #1
    Ok, so theres sombody offering me this PowerMac G5:
    Powermac G5 1.6 GHZ Single 2 GB DDR DVDRW Superdrive 80 GB HDD

    Is it a good trade, or bad, for this PC:
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHZ, 2GB DDR2, DVDRW Superdrive 160 GB HDD

    Is it a good trade, or should I keep my PC?

    I use it as a Hackintosh, and no Windows on it, so I wonder... is it good?
     
  2. waremaster macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    #2
    For me PC parts are easy to come buy and the PC rig you are trading can be built very cheaply so I myself would make the trade. But I would first verify it is in perfect working order. Believe it or not G5's still have a descent resale value. Where that pc isn't worth much at all these days.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Location:
    5045 feet above sea level
    #3
    that would be quite a step down in performance. i wouldnt do it, especially if you have a hackintosh with your setup

    i mean heck, the mini is faster than that powermac besides graphics
     
  4. krye macrumors 68000

    krye

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Location:
    USA
    #4
    I'd take the G5 and sell it and put the money towards a newer Mac. Only reason is that I think you'd get more money for the G5 than a run of the mill PC. I mean, you can get $1000 for a G5 without breaking a sweat, where getting someone to give you a grand for a "used computer" is a lot harder. Look at it from a resale standpoint.
     
  5. kabunaru Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    #5
    Do it. Get the G5 and don't look back.
    I would take that G5 in instant if I was in your situation.
     
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

    QCassidy352

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2003
    Location:
    Bay Area
    #6
    that G5 has a resale value of ~$400, TOPS, these days. We're talking about a 4-5 year old machine. If you can build that PC for less than that, then Ok. Otherwise, keep the PC.
     
  7. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2003
    #7
    guys, that's a single-processor 1.6ghz G5...which means it is dog-slow and almost certainly has the 5200 graphics card in it.

    Some of the G4 laptops were faster than that thing...

    Unless you need to run PPC applications, there's no reason to buy that thing.

    What graphics card does the "gaming PC" have?

    If it's a gaming machine from the C2D era, I presume it has an 8800GT or better, right?

    the "buy it now" for that same machine with the 9600 and a 250gb hard drive is only 500 dollars.

    It is pretty easy to hack-in-tosh a C2D machine if you want to run OS X. It would be at least twice as fast as that G5.
     
  8. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #8
    Well, it actually has only a 5200 256mb, so its not too gaming. XD
    Its also already a Hackintosh.
     
  9. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2006
    #9
    If you have the hackintosh working properly then you arent missing anything by not having a real mac (literally. the only thing hacks arent capable of that real macs can do is bootcamp, which isnt supported on a G5 anyways and not needed on a PC). That G5 would be horribly slow in comparison and a pretty dumb move unless you planned on selling it.
     
  10. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    #10
    A single 1.8 GHz isn't worth it. A Dual 1.8 might, but it's a single, not a dual. So I'd say no.

    No one's going to pay $1000 for that, that's nuts. You might get $400.
     
  11. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #11
    Well, if you guys don't think its a good deal, what is the value of my PC then?

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz E4500
    2GB DDR2 RAM 667 PC2-5300
    Western Digital 160 GB SATA 300 7,200 RPM
    PCI NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 256MB
    945GCT-M v3 Motherboard
    PCI Firewire 400 Card
    Extra USB PCI Card
    PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-112D + Nero 7 Essentials
     
  12. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    #12
    Not a whole lot. You'd get more if you parted it out.... though I'm not sure how it's a gaming PC with a GeForce 5200?
     
  13. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #13
    It was built as one. It had a 8600, till it took a static shock and fried, so I put that one in.
     
  14. Animalk macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    Montreal Canada
    #14
    Keep your hackintosh untill you've saved up enough money for the mac you really want. I know its hard at first, god knows I saved a very very long time for my first mac, but in the end you will be happy that you got exactly what you want. I'm afraid that you will be somewhat disappointed with the performance of the powermac relative to your hackintosh.

    I am currently saving for my next mac ;)

    ...still a very long way to go but I will get there eventually :)
     
  15. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #15
    Well, my dream, is a Mac Pro, but at 14.... not happening. XD
    I was gonna get a job at McDonalds, but the rules changed, so I can't till I am 16.

    Anyway, what about a trade for these models? Better deal for me?

    Power Mac G5 Dual Processor 2.3 GHz
    Power Mac G5 Dual Processor 2.7 GHz
    Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2.3 GHz
    Power Mac G5 Quad Core 2.5 GHz (Would throw in some cash as-well)

    Or is that too much for my PC? I will put in a 8800 before trades though, to make it a better deal.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  16. noodle654 macrumors 68020

    noodle654

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Location:
    Never Ender
    #16
    Who is offering you these PowerMacs? I got a custom PC i built thats in the marketplace now. Want to get rid of it.
     
  17. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #17
    I'm saying to be put on CraigsList for trade. XD
     
  18. kabunaru Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    #18
    Trade it for a Quad. Will last you longer and has the most potential in performance out of those choices.
     
  19. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #19
    Yeah, this is my research I have found:

    (My Geek Bench Score: 2814)
    Power Mac G5 Dual Processor 2.3 GHz (GB Score: ~2000)
    Power Mac G5 Dual Processor 2.7 GHz (GB Score: ~2267)
    Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2.0 GHz (GB Score: ~1700)
    Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2.3 GHz (GB Score: ~2050)
    Power Mac G5 Quad Core 2.5 GHz (GB Score: ~3290)

    So the Quad would be a step up. The others, down a little.
    Wonder if anyone would even do a trade..... :confused:

    Will post the ad up in a little bit.
     
  20. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

    mperkins37

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    #20
    If you get a dual , or quad, make sure it's not one of the liquid cooled ones, they are leaking, & dropping like flies.....:eek:
     
  21. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #21
    How can you tell?
     
  22. kabunaru Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    #22
    Forgot about that. :eek:
    In that case, skip the G5 and save up money for a Mac Pro.

    I think if you are getting a G5, get the Dual Processor 2.0GHz PowerMac G5.
    I think the low-end Processors G5s didn't have liquid-cooling. I think the Dual Cores and Quad Cores do.
     
  23. metroid87706 thread starter macrumors regular

    metroid87706

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Location:
    New Baltimore, MI
    #23
    What about Dual Core? Says here "Only three G5 models have been liquid-cooled: the 2x2.5 GHz; the 2x2.7 GHz; and the quad." - Source

    Dual Core is better than Dual Processor, right?
     
  24. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2006
    #25
    why do you want a G5 so much? your hackintosh is better
     

Share This Page