Just picked up a new G5

rex450se

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Just picked up a PowerMac G5 Dual 1.8Ghz, 1 Gb of Ram, 100 GB and 160 GB Haard Drives for $30. Don't know what I'll use it for or if I'm going to upgrade it at all, but for $30 I couldn't pass it up. It looks like it is the mid 2004 model. I may put a bigger hard drive in it and upgrade the Ram to at least 4 Gb and try to make a few bucks off of it but we'll see.

Victor
 

eyoungren

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Just picked up a PowerMac G5 Dual 1.8Ghz, 1 Gb of Ram, 100 GB and 160 GB Haard Drives for $30. Don't know what I'll use it for or if I'm going to upgrade it at all, but for $30 I couldn't pass it up. It looks like it is the mid 2004 model. I may put a bigger hard drive in it and upgrade the Ram to at least 4 Gb and try to make a few bucks off of it but we'll see.

Victor
Nice Mac, congratulations!
 

rex450se

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I've already found some Ram to max it out. I guess I'm going to upgrade it, then maybe sell it, or give it to the kids. Now to find a graphics card that a decent upgrade without spending too much.

Victor
 

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What video card does it have right now? If you're looking for a cheap semi-powerful video card for a G5, the ATI 9600 XT works rather well. Much better than the usually stock GeForce 5200. They go for about $10-20 on eBay.
 

AmestrisXServe

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It's either a 2004, or a 2003 system. Very nice price there.

You want DDR400 RAM, and if it is a four-socket PCB, you will need four 2GB DIMMs.

I'm not sure why the stock video card isn't sufficient for you. I had a Radion 9600 in the past, but as I recall, for some reason, using it would cause an occasional Kernel panic.
 

Intell

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You want DDR400 RAM, and if it is a four-socket PCB, you will need four 2GB DIMMs.
2GB DDR1 DIMMs don't exist. For maximum ram, the OP would want to use four 1GB sticks of either PC2700 or PC3200. It can be either ECC or non-ECC, but it must be low density.
 

rex450se

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It has 8 Ram slots so should be able to get 8 GBs in there. Mactracker shows it as released in June of 2004, there was also one released in late 2004 so hence I said it was a mid 2004. It does have the GeForceFX 5200 card in it. I don't think it needs anything more, but if I'm going to upgrade it, I mights as well put the max in that it will take. For hard drives this takes the Sata I or Sata II, correct?

Victor
 

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G5's have a SATA I connector, but can take most SATA II drives. For most WD SATA II drives, you have to set the jumpers on it for the drive to work in SATA I mode or the hard drive will have problems working correctly in a G5. G5's are very picky with SATA III drives with most not working. If possible, do not use a SATA III drive with a G5's built-in SATA ports.
 

AmestrisXServe

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G5's have a SATA I connector, but can take most SATA II drives. For most WD SATA II drives, you have to set the jumpers on it for the drive to work in SATA I mode or the hard drive will have problems working correctly in a G5. G5's are very picky with SATA III drives with most not working. If possible, do not use a SATA III drive with a G5's built-in SATA ports.
The WD RE series drives do not have this problem. I used to use Samsung enterprise rated drives in G5s, and have switched to RE3 drives.