Just got given Two high spec power pc G5's

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by chewy-wombat, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. chewy-wombat, Jul 20, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2013

    chewy-wombat macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2013
    Alright chaps,

    I've just got given two G5's because work was having a clear out. I don't know there specs yet except for there RAM, one has 14gb the other 8gb. Once I sort out a monitor for them I'll be Able to have a look at there full specs.

    I know the software developers don't make software for PowerPC range now so I was just wondering in terms of general usability, what could I use these beautiful nevertheless extinct machines for?

    I don't want to make a BBQ out of them and I don't want to use them as some sort of pretentious stool. I just want some inspiration from you guys what I could actually get out of them.

  2. wobegong Guest

    May 29, 2012
    Internet browsing : I use Leopard WebKit but there are others that will be suggested.
    Email : TenFourBird (up to date Thunderbird) or MS Office 2008 Entourage
    Movie Playing : VLC
    Media Centre : XBMC
    x264 encoding : Elgato Turbo.264 (will need to get the dongle second hand)
    Music : iTunes / Spotify (old versions but work fine)
    Messaging : Yahoo Messenger (current version), iChat (Google/AIM), Skype (old version)
    Office : MS Office 2008 / LibreOffice (current)
    Photo Management : iPhoto / Aperture 2
    Photo Editing : Photoshop, GIMP, others
    Games : Unreal Tournament 2004, Quake 4, Doom 3, Amnesia (actually current!), Halo etc.
    BitTorrent : Transmission
    Dropbox (current)
    Evernote (old version but works fine)
    1Password (old version but works fine and plays fine with current version on other machines)
    Air server : old version but works fine
    So really pretty much anything... Many more options than those above that others will suggest. Google will quickly tell you which version was the last to support PowerPC of whatever software you are after.
  3. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    They're still excellent machines and capable of just about anything other than running the very latest software. Way to go! Pass one on to a family member or friend who needs a computer.
  4. Jake0604 macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2011
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I have a 1.8ghz G5 and all I can say is that it was the main machine at work from Feb. 2005 until May 2013. 4GB ram and it handled Adobe CS4, QuarkXPress 8, Acrobat 9 Pro and just about any design or pagination problem you wanted to throw at it. So, from a design perspective my machine is relevant. Your's would be considerably more so give the amount of ram you have.

    I'm told that some of the quad core G5's still handle HD video (editing) well, so these machines are still capable for just about anything you may wish to do.
  6. g4manimac macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2013
    I have been wanting a g5 really bad here lately!Ive been kicking it over on the macbook forums for a while but every time I grab my powerbook I don't let go of it for a couple days,just such a reliable machine and the g5 looks like the powerbooks big,fat,and blind(no lcd) cousin.I've got my eye on a quad right now but I may settle for a decent specd dual since the quad is still a little expensive and a little out there since my power needs are pretty much next to none -aurora fox,avery design pro and pwnage tool.
  7. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    You really made me want to get 2 G5s to make this lol.
  8. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    It would be more awesome if one G5 worked and the other was borked or was a "reserve" G5 in case the first one dies.

    "Where's your desk?"

    "This is my desk!"
  9. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2012
    El Salvador
    Yep build the table and put it as a facebook cover. If I ever get an intel macbook I will take a picture and put a heading that says: "Me just checking facebook"

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