iMac G5?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Liquinn, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Liquinn, Jul 15, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011

    Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Is an iMac G5 worth buying now? I'm considering it, but it's old now.

    What do you all think?

    It comes with an Apple keyboard and mouse, so for 260 UK pounds is quite good I think.

    There's no warranty though too =[
  2. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    iMac G5's are notorious for blown capacitors. I would avoid one at all costs if it was me. 260 pounds is also an insanely high price. It should be about 120-150.

    My advice is get a higher end G4 or a slightly older Intel Mac if your goal is to get something cheap.
  3. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    True true, I'm best off waiting until the Macbook Pros get refreshed next.
  4. bizzle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    They are also incredibly slow. Don't buy one.
  5. MacHamster68, Jul 15, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    the risk is high with bad capacitors , most dont get even checked and left to the new owner to sort out , i postet in past my experience with iMac G5's and ebay in the uk
    most sellers even business sellers say "we never even heard about a bad capacitor problem in iMac G5's " but the very same sellers sell capacitor repair kits for the iMac G5
    some give even warranties on their iMac G5 with bad caps inside , a german mate even found one on ebay and after buying it he found capacitors that had blown had been closed with superglue / solder , might last the 3 month warranty they give...
    as changing the cpacitors is time consuming and you need really good soldering skills , so most avoid that process or only change the 1 or 2 that already blew up and leave the rest unchanged to blow later (happend to me)
    other sellers just take the risk of giving you warranty for their iMac G5's they pulled out of some office in working condition and hope it will last another 3 month

    but the "iMac G5 is slow" really depends what you want it to use for
    it is certainly faster then any netbook on the market , even the G5 1.8 ghz model will play 720p videos , as thats the one i had

    so if you want a iMac G5 from a collectors point go for the 2.1ghz isight model the last of the iMac G5 its the most reliable and most did come with good capacitors already (not all) , geekbench results are usually about half of a intel core duo with around 1200 , but its a single core processor , so it obviously cant deliver the performance of a dual core processor at the same speed , but slow is something different , for all usual tasks of the average user the iMac G5 is usable

    i mean what you could do with it in 2005 you can still do with it in 2011 , but the realistic price should be closer to £200 or better below as that gives you the funds of a capacitor repair if needed and still stay under the price of a fully working iMac intel core duo
    BTW those early intels make a great alternative to a iMac G5 , but only from a speed point of view
    as those early intel core duo iMacs are even less reliable then the G5's with displays failing and gpu's and logicboards and psu giving up , as thats what you get sold on ebay for up to £400

    and yes there are some really good ones out there who had apple care and got new parts during that period and had a caring owner who looked after the iMac G5 , and even had it checked and cleaned inside from time to time by a apple service techy

    btw the same goes for the intel iMac's too sold on ebay , most are not even worth a quarter of the asking price , as they never got opened , never cleand inside, they are in most cases dust buckets waiting to die

    so my optimistic guess is you can buy 1 out of 100 which is in serviced and good condition and will last the next 5 years without trouble , the other 99 are just good enough for spares , no matter if intel or G5 and no matter what age .as most are to scared to open a iMac and dont have funds to get them serviced , cleaning a Mac inside is not necessary apple said they dont need servicing ...ah no a misunderstanding apple said something about not user upgradable , but in reality the result is the same , and most sell them on to make profit before its to late to fund their new one and other sellers often sell them so you fund their home in the SW3 postcode of london

    the high resale value is the reason for that problem, many disguised lemons among the apples,, and repairs are expensive on Mac's so once apple care ended buying a Mac is a big gamble , you got a greater chance in the euro million lottery
  6. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Good thinking, though I think I'm leaning towards a 2012 Macbook Pro instead of the iMac G5, as you can hook up the MBP to an external monitor anyway ;D
  7. MacHamster68, Jul 15, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    dont forget apple care or you will be sorry, even with the risk of bad caps i have more trust in the old iMac G5 then in any new intel Mac..apart from the old white intel mini's as they seem to be the most reliable intel Mac's , not as powerful as other Mac's but reliable, as it seems if apple sets their prioity towards power they neglect reliability and quality inside their Mac's
    sorry my opinion to Apple today ..more appearance then substance, i keep my eMac 1.42's , maybe not as powerful as a iMac i5 or i7 , but at least they work flawless and will still work when all those flashy iMac's gone to the dump
  8. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Riiiight. Speaking as an authorized apple tech, Intel macs are quite solid. Wouldn't touch an iMac G5 with a 50 foot pole.
  9. cps-sound, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011

    cps-sound macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2011
    Washington DC
    my iMac G5 experience

    The iMac G5 was a fun computer for me for the past 7 years. I knew a few other people who had one.
    From what I can tell, I had one of the lucky ones as Mine ran strong until recently.

    All of a sudden, This month, it started to spontaneously shut-down. It doesn't do a software shutdown, the power just goes out. This can happen at any time after powering up. It can happen before I type my password during boot-up... OR it can happen 5 hours later when I am trying to render a clip. It seems to be completely random.

    I am very upset. I just put a new hard-drive into it last year. I think the drive I added may be the culprit as it gets pretty hot... it feels hotter than anything else.. The heat from the drive may be adding to the heat of the core and causing a shut-down??? who knows. Either way, it pretty much is useless now. I can probably run it enough to get all my files off of it. I am currently waiting for a major Mac Pro update or "might" buy a used one somewhere off the internet. I'd rather have a new one but I am just waiting until I can figure out where Apple is going with their software and hardware.

    Thius was edited on my backup pc.
  10. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    At that price sounds risky. Here in the states, the early intel imacs seem to have a good price, but have that pesky vertical line display issue at times.
  11. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    My family is still using a 2005 G5 iMac model till this very day and apart from at the Superdrive which somehow denies service this computer is really working reliably and fast. With a G5 processor it even handles flash and HTML5 pretty well. Also the screen is bright as hell, still, almost too bright.

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