if the person is selling it for that price i'd suggest asking about any damage, thats really cheap for a dual 2.5 even now,Well If I could get a G5 Dual 2.5 for $400
It sounds like a good deal is it?
Is the G5 still a good computer?
It is actually, G5's were a lot faster clock for clock then Netburst architecture, they are not to far behind Core, or at least that's how I have come to understand it (reading about PPC and Intel and looking at benchmarks).Sadly, thats not true, on either count.
And what every one else said about iPhone development. Intel only.
What are things that are faster on the G5 than the Mini?Agreed. AFAIK there never was an iPhone SDK that worked with PPC (hell, only the test version of the dashboard one worked with PPC).
In general the comments on the mini simply being faster are wrong, though. In some tasks yes. In others, no. Benchmarks will tell you nothing other than the mini will process faster and the G5 will read/write faster, but in real terms there are plenty of places where the mini will win out, and PLENTY where the G5 will. But for long term purchase, yes, buy the mini, because even as a future slow machine it will still work with newer software.
I bought it used so around $850 about 3 years ago I think. I've probably put another $800 into it (more RAM, esata card, new GPU, SSD drives, storage drives, etc.) but more than half of that was drives and they will all go into my next rig, so I definitely feel like it's earned its keep thus far...Just wondering how much did you buy your G5 for?