Power Mac G5 Quad - Onto the second machine

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  1. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    Y'all are going to be jelly of this one, I lucked out!

    So my other Quad is junk, junk that is not usable in any way unless you like the sound of the fans taking off like a jet and I haven't used this particular machine in months.

    Well for the hell of it I looked on Craigslist today at work and came across a G5 Quad for $150. So of course I was interested. Emailed the guy and drove the hour and a half there to pick it up, and since I said I would get it tonight he lowered the price to $100.

    I took a look at it and the G5 is in excellent shape. 12GB Ram, the rare BT/AP card, 250GB WD drive, OS X Leopard, and the original pin holding on the G5 cover. There was a layer of dust on the radiator which I removed immediately. Case has a few little scratches but no bent handles.

    Then there is a second part to this story. Also included was a pristine 23" aluminum ACD with not a scratch on it, and works flawlessly. Also received a mighty mouse and some cheap usb keyboard (in the pic I connected my wireless keyboard and magic mouse).

    I looked up the serial number and it was made in the first week of December in 2005. From the way it sounds I think it has dual pumps :(

    So for $100, I think this was a killer deal! Now I can continue work on my various projects!!

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  2. imthatmvrk macrumors newbie

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    Man, very lucky. I have a friend that getting a G5 Quad later today. I'm still looking for one for a good price. :(
     
  3. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    Congratulations, we have an almost identical setup, 23" ACD, AP/BT, 13GB RAM(once maxed out to 16GB, 4GB pair borked), but minus the wireless keyboard and mouse. You will surely love it, what's the vid card anyway?
     
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  5. gavinstubbs09 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys!

    It has the run of the mill 256MB Geforce 6600 but so did my other Quad. Someday I would like a Quadro for it!

    I did install iStat menus on it last night and it runs anywhere from 105-130*F, while also sounding quiet like a normal G5. The ACD has been great, I'm might replace my HP 25vx monitor with the ACD and move the HP to the side but the 2" difference I'm sure will annoy me.
     
  6. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Man, you are luuuuckuy. I have two G5s, the dual 2.0 and the single 1.8 with 8 ram slots :)
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    Man, you are luuuuckuy. I have two G5s, the dual 2.0 and the single 1.8 with 8 ram slots :)
     
  7. gavinstubbs09 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Man, this is G5 number... I dunno.

    Dual 2GHz (early 05)
    Dual 2.7GHz (early 05)
    Dual 2.7GHz (early 05)
    Dual 2.3GHz (early 05)
    Dual 2GHz (mid 03)
    Dual 2GHz (late 05)
    Quad 2.5GHz (late 05)
    Quad 2.5GHz (late 05)

    I guess that makes this my eighth PMG5! Actually I never used the mid 03, I stripped it down and sold some parts from it. I have a thing for the 2005 models :D
     
  8. swamprock macrumors regular

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    Nice. I keep passing these up since I don't want to deal with the LCS. The Alum-Cinema is a very nice bonus. My mid-04 Dual 2.0 is quite speedy enough for me, but a Quad would be fun to mess with, at least. Maybe if one comes along, working and at a sub-$100 price, I'll snatch it up.
     
  9. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    Here in Italy you would have paid almost 400 €, that are about 440 dollars... Congrats for your incredible deal!
     
  10. Hack5190 macrumors 6502a

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    Kudos to you for saving it from the e-recycler while landing a really sweet deal!
     
  11. gavinstubbs09 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just my luck I guess... granted it was a bear getting to Reno in my new truck, the fan clutch was going out and if I was idling at a stop light the truck would overheat. Out on the highway it ran just fine!

    Plans for tonight is inspecting the LCS (confirmed, it's a dual pump) and stealing ram from the other Quad to max it out at 16GB. Maybe I'll hook it up as my main machine for a bit, or at least until I have the urge to hook up my i7 machine to play some GTA5 :)
     
  12. gavinstubbs09 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So I've been using the G5 since I got home, super happy with it. Some things on the internet lag but outside of that it's been doing well. I took it apart to clean all the dust out so now it is a little bit happier.

    I yanked the 2GB DIMMs out of my other quad and now I am reading at a happy 16GB! The other quad hated anything more than 8GB of ram. I also took the 5 port USB 2.0 Sonnet card and shoved it in my new Quad. More ports!

    I also came across a program called Zinio Reader from 2005, it's like Adobe Reader but lets you read PDF files like a magazine. The sample magazine they included was the December 2004 edition of MacWorld so I wasted some time reading that.

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  13. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    That is nice dude! I still really want a quad, I'm not scared by the LCS issues
     
  14. gavinstubbs09 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh you will hate them after you own one if it gives you any overheating problems!
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    Interesting, my new Quad was made in Week 48 of November/December 2005 and my old one was Week 49 of December. I guess they are within a week of each other! New one was made in either China or the Czech Republic and old one was made in the USA.
     
  15. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    Wow! That is one of a super clean PMG5 I have seen....
     
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    We're talking about a Quad - 1080P full screen Flash in Youtube is a walk in the park :)
     
  18. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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    Do they really? With no flash support, it plays HD videos fine?
     
  19. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    Absolutely. I have the Flash hack installed but it's still the ancient version being used. Full screen 1080P Flash video takes about 50% CPU from each core.
    And I use an ad blocking hosts file, so few, if any ads pop up to task the CPU.
     
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  22. Johnny365 macrumors regular

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    That's pretty cool! I always thought ALL PowerPCs were obselete with today's web technologies.
     
  23. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    Generally speaking there's a workaround for most things, the real obstacle is javascript, most web sites can't function without it and it ties PowerPCs in knots.
     
  24. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    And not because PowerPc is excessively weak, its simply because Javascript is a bloated pig developers like to use when its easy.
     

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