New Mac Mini or Power Mac G5 2.3/5/7 model

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Freemaj, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Freemaj macrumors newbie

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    I really can't decide if I should buy a new mac mini for around 600, or just spend alittle bit more and get a Power Mac G5 2.3 or 2.5 ghz computer and just bump it up to 4 or 6 gigs of ram..
    I believe I could find a 2.3ghz around for 600 refurbished and add some ram in it for cheap..

    any advice?
     
  2. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    remember the g5 is not an Intel machine so you can't install snow leopard on it. you can't use bootcamp or parallels or such either.
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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  4. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    You didn't say what you'll be doing with it, but at this stage I can't really see any advantages with buying PPC.

    What's the attraction with the Power Mac?
     
  5. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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  6. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    The Mac Mini is a much more capable machine at this point.
     
  7. chaos86 macrumors 65816

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    Whatever man, you said we'd never need more than 640k of RAM.
     
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  9. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    I recently upgraded from my G5 Radeon 9800 Pro to an '09 mini. The mini is faster in Aperture by far. Since it now has dual displays I was able to upgrade.

    Unless you need the PCI expansion, eSata, more than 2 displays or many fast hard drives at once probably stick to the mini.

    Also keep in mind the G5 will be drawing a lot more power, and avoid liquid cooled models because they leak causing major problems.

    Definitely go for the mini.
     

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