Powermac G5 from Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by majorp, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. majorp macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2005
    UK !!!
    After switching about a month ago i have decided to stay with Mac. The mini is good but sometimes things just take forever. Do you think i will see a great improvement with a dual core G5 in things like photoshop and general things (eg. watching a video while doing something else) as my mini often struggles. Also all effects on the mac mini (minimizing, dashboard etc) stutter a little. Will the G5 be able to perform the UI smoother?

  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
  3. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    How much ram do you have in your mini? This will make all the difference. The Mini isn't really slow, but it needs (read os X) ram! So max the ram out (that is one 1 GB stick), and you'll notice a big difference.

    And yes, the G5 is a bit quicker, especially a dual G5 or dual core. But it also needs ram, else it is just plain slow.
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    The G5 will blow the Mini away...smooth is an understatement.
  5. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    the dual PMs are considerably faster at almost everything. To make them so with EVERYTHING, you should upgrade the graphics card and the RAM right away.

    Today's are better than they were, but traditionally, for some reason, the powermac graphics cards have been anemic, even on the 3,000 dollar version. I guess they want to force you to upgrade. This time last year, a 3,000 dollar computer with no monitor and an nVidia 5200 with 64mb of RAM could only mean Apple, because no other company in the world would expect someone to buy such a thing...

    well, yes, the new dual-core PMs are very nice. Heck, the quad-CPU ones are ultra-nice. With a 7800 and 3-5GB of RAM, maybe a nice RAID array, and you're looking at a NICE chunk of machine that will do anything you want it to do (short of games) faster than any normal PC would ever think about doing it. Unless you've got an opteron with a 4 processor config. Or maybe one of the new dual-core FX chips...they blaze...
  6. majorp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2005
    UK !!!
    Ok, thanks for your help. I put my mac mini on ebay and it sold in a couple of hours! Now im stuck. There are a few PM's on ebay (dual 2ghz) but they don't list the graphics cards?! Is there anywhere where i can find a powermac roadmap (to see all previous revisions etc?)
  7. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    You can always check out http://apple-history.com/ to look at the PowerMacs. They're a pretty trusted source for stuff like that.
  8. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    man, i just got the dual core 2ghz Power Mac yesterday. This thing is AWESOME! Ordered 1gig from Newegg to have 1.5 gigs RAM. Things are SMOOTH. The mini can't even play HD video at the Apple Store I was at, this thing flys!
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Apple's refurb store online would be a safer and more reliable bet than eBay...
  10. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    You will definitely see an improvement.
    I second the idea that you try to buy from the Apple Store (special deals/refurb/sale section). You get a full warranty with it.
  11. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    Right now they are offering a dual 2.5GHz PM for $2049.00 and a dual 2.7GHz PM for $2149.00......good deals.
  12. majorp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2005
    UK !!!
    I would buy from the apple store without a doubt but im in the UK and for some reason they never have powermacs on offer :mad:

    from what i have researched you can pretty much tell what revision it is from the graphics card alone? unless BTO. is this right

    rev a fx5200
    rev b 9200
    rev c 6600

    do you think about £950 for a 2.0 DP, 160GB HD, 1.5GB, ATI 9200 ram sounds ok?

    edit: ha ha, saying that they have one now

    Dual 2.3GHz PowerPC G5
    1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
    512K L2 cache per processor
    512MB DDR400 SDRAM
    Expandable to 8GB SDRAM
    250GB Serial ATAThree PCI-X Slots
    ATI Radeon 9600
    128MB DDR video memory

    for £1259 ($2,168) what do you think?
  13. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Sounds alright to me... I'll also be in the market soon for an approx £1000 PM for a friend of mine. She thinks she wants an iMac but as a design student, I'll think she'll be happier with a PM in the long run.
  14. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    I wouldnt do a thing until Apple shows us its cards, we know 2006 is going to be Fantastic with faster hardware that will be able to run anything. Why limit yourself to PPc's slim software selection when the new Macs will be able to be used anywhere in the market place with almost any software.? Buying a ppc based machine now is like wanting a 040 when the G3s came out, then just as you got that 040 Apple announced G4s. Thats whats going on here watch and mark my words.
  15. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    I know you're trying to save some money buying used and the dual processor
    2.3 is a great choice HOWEVER,
    keep in mind that the newer DUAL CORE machines are vastly improved
    with a major upgrade from PCI-X AGP 8X graphics
    to PCI-EXPRESS 16X graphics.
    You CAN NOT upgrade an AGP system to PCI-Express.

    I've looked at the available refurbs and honestly the prices for the refurb
    PowerMac are NOT that good.

    Moving up to PCI-Express is a major industry standard change and
    well worth the extra expense.

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