powermac g5 upgrades?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by masterjedi73, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. masterjedi73 macrumors 6502

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    I'm trying to decide what to do. Currently my mac is a Dual 1.8 Powermac G5 with 1.5 GM DDR SDRAM. I have a 160 GB HDD and a 250 HDD.

    The machine runs like a charm. I'm really out of room on the HDs though, so I was considering purchasing a 1TB drive for music and movies. I think I'd go internal, and then get a kit to make one of the others external. Which drives are best, and where should I get it?

    I have also been thinking about adding more RAM....maybe 2 more GBs.

    What do you think? Do you think the machine is still worth it? I can't believe how cheap they are now. lol Of course, even if it's not worth it, I don't really have the money to buy a new one. haha

    Well.....let's hear what you think. Thanks.
     
  2. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    unless your doing some hardcore stuff 3.5 gigs will be overkill. i recommend going external with firewire so when you do get a new machine you can just use that.yes,its worth it
     
  3. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    What? New MBP's ship with 4 GB.

    Why would you say you do not need more RAM. More = better.
     
  4. vga4life macrumors 6502

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    Best upgrade you could make: sell it and buy a new mac mini with the proceeds. It will spank your G5 performance-wise and you'll notice the decrease in noise and in your electricity bill (seriously! G5s are power hogs.)
     
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    True, but at this point that G5 can't really do anything well that requires that much RAM anyway. So it would be a waste.
     
  6. tdevers macrumors regular

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    Currently running 3GB in my Dual 2.0 with a 1TB drive. I hope to snag another 1TB at some point. Keep the old girl running!
     
  7. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    Keep your G5 *AND* get a new Mac mini, 2.26 GHz, 4GB RAM, for your real work. Put Yellow Dog Linux on the G5. :cool:
     
  8. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the advice....i really hadn't even thought about the mac mini. it seems like just yesterday i got my G5. lol. What's the going rate for them? I'd probably keep the HDs. I don't like selling my used HDs.
     
  9. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Probably less then $400. If you are not including the HDDs, probably $300-ish.
     
  10. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    I just did this. The intel processor is infinitely faster than my old G5 1.8 SP. Handbrake rips take 2 hours instead of 20. The mini is also whisper quiet. Snow Leopard likely won't support pre-intel processors, so sell now while the G5's still have some value. Once Snow Leopard is announced, their value will decrease significantly.

    The only downside is that the cat no longer has a personal heater to sleep next to in the winter.
     
  11. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok. so i think i have a buyer for my G5 for 450 with the 250gb HD. good deal?

    i qualify for the educational pricing at apple cause I'm a teacher, but i noticed that the mac mini isn't part of the free ipod deal. are there any places that have similar deals????
     
  12. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    You could probably get $900 or more for that G5.
     
  13. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    Not likely. The overall ebay/craigslist market is depressed right now, likely due to the economy. There are a lot fewer buyers out there these days.
     
  14. tompon1923 macrumors 6502

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    Buy an 10KRPM Hard drive on ebay... Seriously they go away for cheap!
    1TB internal hard-drive.
    and 2 gigs extra memory is always nice.

    I upgraded my G5 with a 500gb hard drive and 2 extra gigs a few months ago. Only thing I believe that will really speed things up is a 10KRPM drive.

    anyways good luck!
     

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