I DID IT!!!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by dwd3885, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    Well i'm really excited, somewhat nervous. I JUST placed the order for the $1649 , Power Mac G5 DUAL 2GHz/ 512MB/ 160GB/ SuperDrive/ PCI-X/ GeFr5200/ GigE/ 56K - Apple Certified Refurbished. It is a Rev. B as well! Now the graphics card will be fine right? Do I have any reason to want to upgrade anytime in the immediate future??

    It looks like I got the last one of the $1649 for today, althought another one might be up tomorrow. SO in the end, I spent a tad bit more than I would have liked, but I figure this will last me a long time to come. MY VERY FIRST MAC!!!! WHOOHOO!

    I appreciate all your guys advice in helping me make my Mac selection. Now I will try to return the favor as I get used to this monster!

    Now if it can just ship before the 7-10 days :)
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Nice stuff. Are you getting more RAM too? Don't get it form Apple, try one of the links at the top of this page instead (under the menu bar thing). :)
  3. AoWolf macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2003
    Daytona Beach
    Congrats on your first mac! Unless you are going to be gaming the graphics card should be fine.
  4. g4cubed macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2004
    I've been looking at that exact one. Just don't have enough money until mid Sept. I hope they'll still have some available then. Congrats and good luck with your Mac, I know you'll love it.
  5. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Well you ask if the graphics card is ok. And my answer, god damn no it sucks. But its entirerly up to you
  6. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    I have two gigs from my pc that I want to move over to the Mac. They are two 1gig sticks. Can I do that? Or does a mac need specific RAM?
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Maybe, they're interchangeable but Macs are generally slightly more picky about what their RAM is like. What were the specifications of the PC or even better, of the RAM?
  8. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
  9. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    congrats on the purchase! i'm sure you'll be very happy with it. have fun :cool:
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Nice work. I'm pretty sure they'll work. About 99% sure. :)
  11. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    i'll try them out when i get the mac. if not, i'll just sell em on ebay ;-)
  12. joecool85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 9, 2005
    I just got that exact PM via Apple refurb store, love it. Mine came in about 3 weeks ago, DOA :-( But within 2 weeks after that they sent me a "new" one. And this time it has 1gb of ram and a 9600 w/128mb vid ram.
  13. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    After you have it up and running, I suggest adding a gig of ram to make things fly.
  14. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    There's already 2.5GB, are you suggesting 3.5GB is necessary? :)
  15. mishi macrumors regular


    May 22, 2004
    better Graphics card needed

    yeah, thats a nice machine, but i think PB will outpefrom (or almost) it in any grapichs intensive game such as"halo" or mabey Doom 3 for example. when you have such an A grade machine,a 5200 is going to bottleneck it. i would suggest a 9600 or a 9700 if you dont want to spend too much. you will notice a large difference in performance of games.

    correct me if im wrong :confused: :eek: :D :cool:
  16. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Congradulations (and thanks for the thanks in your other thread--just relaying my own experiences).

    As far as speed goes that RAM should be fine, but as said Macs are pretty picky about RAM being within spec, and I know I've heard of issues specifically using Corsair's "value" line of RAM in G5s (they apparently didn't include support for a particular timing that is necessary). This was a couple years back, however (when I was considering higher-end Corsair for my own Rev. A G5), so this may not be true any more. It's easy enough to find out, though.

    The 5200 is a pretty lame graphics card, but if you're not gaming (heck, just as long as you're not doing any serious gaming) you'll be fine for now. Just save up and get a nice video card when you can afford it. Going top of the line will get you bragging rights for about a week and keep you in good shape for a while, but if you don't game the previous gen high end works very well--for example, you can get pulled Apple 9800s now for under $180 (probably less on eBay), which nets you a solid card for less than half the price of an X800.
  17. cruxed macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2005
    Hong Kong
    Do you guys think that Kingston RAM will fit into my Mac Mini?

    You guys mention macs being picky about RAM, and recommend Crucial, but the problem is that I can't get crucial RAM from Hong Kong.

    Are there other well-known brands that sell RAM compatatible with mac that you guys are 100% sure it'll work?


  18. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    wow, didn't realize it was possible to get a dual 2.0 for so cheap now. Very cool. :cool:
  19. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Very Nice Deal. I have the Same Computer pretty much, except for the Graphics Card (ATI RAdeon 9600). But whatever u do don't buy macsales ram for it, it fried my system for a couple days. Stick with Crucial for RAM upgrades.
  20. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Congrats on your purchase dwd3885. Welcome to Mac- you'll never go back! :D
  21. thelastknowngod macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2005
    i did the same thing. get a high end mac for the first one. right now im working on a dual 2.5 g5 with 2.5gb ram, 560gb total storage, 9800 pro with the 23in apple display. absolutely amazing machine. i couldnt imagine working with anything else. congrats and enjoy!
  22. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You should be VERY happy with your choice.

    Hopefully you won't have the same problem that JoeCool had to endure, but as you can see it all worked out great for him .

    Just be sure to test run your system "as shipped" before adding ANYTHING.
  23. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Congrats. As for the GPU--what are you using it for? It may be more than fast enough. If you game, upgrade it sometime--but more RAM should come first.
  24. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Cruxed, Kingston list some of their ram being compatible on their website. Use their memory search at www.kingston.com to find out which chips are mini compatible.
  25. DrVu96 macrumors newbie


    Aug 30, 2005
    Great deal

    Now I wish I had $1700 to buy one like it.

    Sweet Deal!

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