second hand g5 = good idea??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by killerqueen, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. killerqueen macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2010
    hi,sorry im new to forums,let alone mac rumors so yeah.:eek:

    Would it be wise to buy a second hand g5 imac with leopard on it?I can't afford a brand new imac and i'm not going to be running lots of heavy programs.It will be my first mac ever.

    oh yeah i posted this on another thread but i thought i'd be more likely to get a reply here.

  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I don't think I would recommend that. It could likely handle what you want, but they have been known to have problems with capacitors. It would be a wiser plan to find some sort of intel Mac. Some of the older models can be had for a reasonably low price
  3. biggd macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2008
    Everything that he said
  4. ruk110 macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2010
    true that yo
  5. MacHamster68, Dec 9, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    oh oh, yes the iMac G5 are bargains now , but for a reason , read my experience , and then decide if you want to go that iMac G5 route

    the ideal starter PPC Mac , despite not the most quiet all in one , but the g5 iMac isn't much quieter,
    is the eMac 1.42 ghz should be below your budget ,
    or a Mini , but i would try to get the ppc mini G4 1.5ghz because of 64mb graphics and because its the last of the G4 Mini's or the intel 1.5 ghz core solo should be in your budget too ,
    the 1.66core duo mini might eventually just be in your budget ,
    but better wait for after christmas really , then prices will drop again down where they had been couple month ago , Macs are always expensive just before christmas
  6. killerqueen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2010
    the one i want to buy is just one seller selling there mac,not someone selling multiple macs.:)
  7. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I wouldn't recommend a G5 iMac, they had too many problems, maybe see if you can find an older intel iMac, or a mac mini, either would be much better than the G5.
  8. MacHamster68, Dec 9, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    it depends where the OP lives with intel iMac's as here in the uk for example you can pick up a G5 iMac in working condition for just about £200 + and for that kind of money you hardly get a G4 mini at this time of year couple month ago you could pick them up for around £120-150 , working intel iMac's start at about double that price if working and good condition
    and even the early intel mini core solo 1.5 still reach way beyond £250 and the 1.66 core duo and 1.83 core duo mini's sell usually not much less then £400 more often even far more , while a near brandnew one 2010 basic model can be had for about £500 with still apple warranty on it ,

    thats why i never bought a mini intel used , as its not worth the money really considering you get for just about £100 -150 more a brandnew mini from the nearest apple store ,even less if you find a apple refurbished one or you get a early intel iMac for less then a mini would cost you , the highly overpriced mini (used) makes me think about why would anybody pay more to receive less

    and i sold my iMac G5 for £100 (bad caps , sometimes freezing ) now ,
    the buyer relisted it straight away for £250 on the day i sold it to him before i even had time to get it delivered to him and sold it as working without changing caps , so the one who bought it payed more then i initially bought it for and received the same broken(still bad caps inside ) iMac G5 and surprisingly listed it for sale again after couple weeks (i guess after he found out whats wrong with it ) for 210

    so read all old listings and feedbacks from the seller you buy from , because its tempting for a seller to make real big money with a G5 (buying for 100 , selling for 250)
    i could have sold mine too for more if i would not be to honest , after all it was still working with one blown capacitor , only occasional freezing , so with luck the buyer would have dicovered the problem after he could file a case via ebay , so lot of people take the chance as you can easy double your money if you sell a broken but still just working iMac G5 as long as it boots you can always sell as untested but booting fine

    so i would not buy a G5 iMac if i want to be sure i get a working iMac
    really i would bite into the sour apple and spend the money on a iMac intel (early core duo 1.83 like mine )
    i bought it as you can read in one or the other post of me for £370 from a certified apple repair technician , just out of apple care , but had replaced nearly all internals (logicboard, display, harddrive , superdrive,psu ) within the last month of apple care , so is actually brandnew inside and despite 4 year old is still a very capable computer ,
    or get a iMac G4 1.25 still capable of basic computing ,
    but dont gamble on a iMac G5 as it is a gamble that could get expensive
    so better if you really want a G5 (the early 1.6/1.8 are fantastic because so easy to upgrade, just 3 screws , then even a child can change harddrive, optical drive , PSU ) buy a iMac G5 that is listed as broken , but with details exactly about whats broken , then find out where to get or how to fix it economically and you got yourself a nice working iMac G5 , everything else is a big gamble , as to many want to get rid of their G5 iMac's with all the various faults they have , and they all will look nice and only some might mention a little "problem" which could turn out to cost you as much as you payed for the iMac initially
  9. iMac-do you? macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2010
    As most have said you'll be better off getting an Intel iMac if you can afford it. I bought my 20" white Intel iMac 2.16GHz Core2Duo for just over £300 GBP. All I've added to it is an extra stick of memory taking it to 4Gb (yes I know only 3Gb can be addressed), and upgraded OSX to Snow Leopard. So far it's handled everything I've thrown at it, and I love it to bits.

    You won't regret getting a Mac, just try and get an Intel one instead of a G5, the experience will be better for you, plus it means you can use the newer OSX releases of Snow Leopard and Lion, should you want to in future.

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