PowerMac G5 as home server

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  1. peppz macrumors member

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    Hey.

    Last fall i bought a Imac i5 27" to replace my good old G5. A very nice machine if i may say so :)
    Anyway, since then my G5 has only been collecting dust.
    And that's a shame since i need a homeserver!

    So, what OS would you macexperts recommend?
    I would like to use it as nas/fileserver to store backups from my other macs, as a media server for movies, a small webserver for me and my friends.

    It's a Dual 2.0 with 3GB ram.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    From the perspective of power use, are you sure just using external drives on your iMac wouldn't be a better choice? The heat output alone is tremendous on G5s, and the fact that they have only 2 internal drive bays mean that there are lots of more efficient options.
    Keep in mind you can sell your G5 and probably get a few hundred dollars for it.
     
  3. peppz thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi. Thanks for your fast reply.
    Yes, I know that it uses a lot of power and gets hot but thats not a problem where im gonna place it. I cant use external drives because i got different units that needs access to it almost 24/7 (win mediacenter, samsung tv mediaplayer. Blu-ray etc.) in different rooms. I thought about just using external drives and share them from the imac but its not possible since the imac almost once daily runs windows in bootcamp. I actually dont need more theb two drives. 2x2tb wd av-gp or maybe one 1tb for system and web and a 3tb drive for storage
    I like "ma old pal G5" i dont want to sell it :)
     
  4. chenks macrumors 6502a

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    i use an old Mac Mini G4 running Leopard as my home server.
    all it does is act as a media server to my appletv's and run torrents (as well file sharing).

    i use it without any monitor, keyboard and mouse and just control it using Screen Sharing.

    runs perfect.
     
  5. MacHamster68, Mar 29, 2011
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    the PowerMac G5 makes a great server and it takes more then two drives , ok apple has thought about 2 drives to install , but there are third party option

    here these optional things to fit more drives in the different G5's (PCI, PCIx and PCIe )and then it justifies the higher power consumption
    http://www.maxupgrades.com/istore/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_ID=306
    http://www.maxupgrades.com/istore/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=307

    and as a server you dont need newest apps installing abilities or such things or syncing phones , its only a server and you do not work on it ...for that purpose you got the iMac, so ideally i would go for OS X Server 10.4 , as its made for just that purpose
    and i would install as many drives as possible in a raid setup as then the you get a significant speed increase of up to 500MB/s...you dont want to wait ages for data to come over the network
     
  6. peppz thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok. Maybe i should go with 10.4 server then. Just dont know where to get a 5 year old os :)
     
  7. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    ebay? craiglist ? or maybe look even here in the marketplace , or even ask in the marketplace ?
     
  8. peppz thread starter macrumors member

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    U dont think i already had a look there? :)
    Not to many sellers are keen on shipping to Sweden..
    250bucks is the cheapest i can find inc. customs and stuff.

    Well anyway, thanks for the help!
    I will go with 10.4 server!
     
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  10. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Personally, I wouldn't use a PM G5 as a home server based solely on power consumption (to a lesser extent, heat).
     
  11. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Back when I still had a G5, leaving it on for probably 5 or so hours a day added about $25 per month to my electric bill. The Mac Pro I have now draws a bit less power, but it's not what I'd consider efficient.
     
  12. peppz thread starter macrumors member

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    Not to be rude but i stated earlier that it isnt an issue.

    Electricity in Sweden is cheap. Much cheaper compared to a lot other countries.
    A G5 running 24/7 costs about $18-20 a month at the current currency.I know, because i have measured it and calculated it
    It doesnt matter. All other interests i got consumes a lot more power.
    Just one of my coralreef aquariums(i got two) consume alot more power.
    Terrariums, stuff like that. Not to mention the home theater.
     
  13. MacHamster68, Mar 30, 2011
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    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i agree there , if powerconsumption would be a issue i would possibly sit in front of a netbook with a intel atom instead of a iMac core duo just now ,
    sure the G5 is using more power , but we dont talk about hundreds of £or $ per week , but as a server it will most times just idle along using less power , and the ability to still use the G5 as a fully functional computer has its advantages too ,
    i have a G5 too in bits as i refurbish it and ordered already the sata controller and HDD mounts for cpu bay and optical bay from maxupgrades and as i will mainly use it for storage , but still will have the ability to let it work as a backup computer , despite the use as mainly as a server it is still a fully functional computer so it can do things you just cant do with a NAS for example which is draining power too
     
  14. DD4 macrumors newbie

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    Running the G5 as a server would be inconsequential for electricity.

    The average home HVAC system dwarfs it in wattage.
     
  15. peppz thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah. Just my simple aircondition uses 2300w, thats _many_ idlehours on a G5.
     
  16. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS 10 is just fine. I used an iMac G3 266 Mhz running Jaguar with only 96 Mb's of Ram. It ran superbly, I would store Movies on it and connect to it via Connect to Server. BTW i was able to accomplish this with SharePoints.
     

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