Mac G5 or Low-end Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mrmeister, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. mrmeister macrumors regular

    May 26, 2010

    This is just an idea at the moment, as I doubt my parents will allow it due to my severe lacking of funds at the moment.... but I shall ask nonetheless.

    I record my band and am about to begin recording other bands just for demos in my garage. Currently I use a macbook pro (late 2008 unibody, 2.66GHz, 4GB RAM) running Apple's Logic Studio 9.

    I was just wondering, if I had the money, what would be better - a Mac G5, most likely bought off ebay, or a lower end Mac Pro?

    It would be used just for audio applications and photo applications with a chance of moving to video as well, but less likely.

    Any ideas on which would work best?

    Thanks for your help in advance,
  2. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    It has to be the mac pro for compatibility with intel only software and for future proof's sake.
  3. mrmeister thread starter macrumors regular

    May 26, 2010
    Thanks for the quick reply, thats what I was thinking, but unfortunately they are so much more expensive than G5's.
    I've heard of people building a Mac Pro - NOT a Hackintosh. Would this be much cheaper do you know?
  4. Love macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2007
    Just southeast of Northwestshire
    Get a used Mac Pro.

    Future software compatibility, with cheaper prices. They also have some fairly nice, cheap G5s there.
  5. mrmeister thread starter macrumors regular

    May 26, 2010
    This is a US site, sorry, I should've mentioned i'm in the UK
  6. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    I doubt that the G5 will be any quicker than your current MBP. Sounds like disc space could be your biggest issue so if money is tight perhaps storage is what you should spend out on.
  7. Deepshade macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    So much software will not run on a PPC G5 (Intel Only) - that will only become more problematic as time goes on.

    As for music software - Reason 4 runs far far slower on our studio G5 than it does on my £325 Core2D Acer.

    Whatever you do - don't get a G5 PPC. You'll be wasting your money.
  8. bzollinger macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2005
    Wow I was surprised at how few offerings they actually have!

    +1 for intel based MP.
  9. mrmeister thread starter macrumors regular

    May 26, 2010
    Thanks for the replies guys, i'll keep all this in mind
  10. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    There is a reason the G5s are so much cheaper..
  11. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

    Flash SWT

    Mar 14, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Without a doubt the Intel model. I wouldn't consider a PowerPC machine for anything other than server duty at this point.


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