Sell my PowerMac G5 for a Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheBMill, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. TheBMill Guest

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    Hey guys,

    So, I currently have a PPC PowerMac G5 dual 2.5ghz desktop. It's got 4gb of ram, etc. etc. I also have a Macbook intel 1.83ghz core duo with 2gb of ram.

    Recently, I've been doing a lot of editing work outside of my house and also have been realizing my PowerMac G5 is getting kinda old. I was wondering if perhaps I should go ahead and sell both computers and get a Macbook Pro.(I'm contemplating the two 15 inch models)

    Will the Macbook pro 2.4 or 2.5ghz models run faster than my powermac?
     
  2. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    The MacBook Pro is loads faster than the the PowerMacs. The lowest configuration of a Mini is on par with the quad PowerMacs, just to put it to scale. Your PowerMac is around the low 2000s on benchmarks, while a MacBook Pro is in the low 3000s. Simply, yes, sell them both and buy a MacBook Pro... you'll have the ease of having everything on one computer and the power of modern hardware.
     
  3. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Huh? Any proof?
     
  4. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    http://browse.geekbench.ca/

    geekbench benchmark the computers

    and a powermac g5 is an old machine (as is the mac mini, but we won't get into that)
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    it will run loads faster in every way! but then you will lose the xpandability of your PowerMac.
     
  6. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Yup, I've looked at GeekBench:
    PowerMac G5 Quad - Around 3500
    Mac mini C2D - Around 2400
     
  7. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd sell to go mobile, especially since you have 2.5 G5. You don't happen to know what model LCS you have in it? My 2.5 is at Apple for a hardware issue. Unsure if its the dreaded leaking coolant or something else, either way it could be up to an $1800 fix, if I have to cover it.

    I know if I get the chance I will be upgrading soon.
     
  8. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    ahh, i should've actually looked for myself

    but the actual numbers are

    Power Mac G5 (Late 2005)
    Dual Dual-Core PowerPC G5 @ 2.5 GHz 3296

    MacBook Pro (Mid 2007)
    Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.40 GHz 3115

    Mac mini (Mid 2007)
    Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.00 GHz 2619

    Power Mac G5 (June 2004)
    Dual PowerPC G5 @ 2.5 GHz 2101



    atm, he has a dual g5 (not a quad)...the mac mini would be faster, smaller, quieter etc

    the MacBook Pro would be all of those things (but even faster again) and a laptop


    P.S. geekbenched my 1 year old iMac today...2813 :)
     
  9. TheBMill thread starter Guest

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    Never knew about this Geekbench stuff...decided to download the software.

    My macbook 1.83 Intel Core Duo with 2gb ram and Mac OS 10.4.11 scores around a 2379.
    http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/62740 (full results)

    Whereas my PowerMac G5 (June 2004 with Dual 2.5ghz and 4gb of ram - same operating system) scores around a 2201:
    http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/62738 (full results)

    So, I guess my macbook is already marginally faster than my G5!

    I was recently told that if I do make the jump, I should get the 17 inch macbook pro with HD screen ($100 more), but this is making the upgrade much more costly than I would have liked. In an ideal world, I was hoping to sell both computers and get a new laptop with little/no money spent. I also am a student still, so I can sell the ipod that comes free too.
     
  10. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    from a brief glimpse at eBay, it looks like you can expect around $1k for the PowerMac, and around $850 for the MacBook. couple that with the $300 from the iPod and the student discount, it looks like you can get a base MacBook Pro without 'spending' any money

    personally, i'd put in the extra few hundred to get the top spec 15" MBP

    however, if you NEED the hi-res 17" screen, you'll have to weigh up how much you need it


    hope that helps :)
     
  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Well if you do a lot of editing, I would budget for firewire 800 drive or eSATA raid connected to ExpressCard.

    Laptop drives are not as fast as desktop drives, unless you have the budget for a $1000 mTron or other fast SSD drives that writes at 100 MB/s or faster but tiny compared to HDs.
     
  12. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah there is no way a quad G5 loses to a Mac Mini.

    Hell for some tasks the G5 is still faster than any Intel machine. Note I said some tasks, admittedly very very few.
     
  13. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    I was simply replying to iToaster, but there's no denying the MBP would be faster and more energy efficient. If I were you though, I would wait for the rumored case redesign and/ or Montevina. :)

    P.S. I did find a PM G5 w/ around 3500, so I wasn't just making it up ;)
     
  14. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Eh, quad G5 is a little faster than a Mini, but I wasn't looking at the benchmarks at the time, all I remembered was looking at G5s vs mini and I knew one of the 2.5s was slower... memory (human) is a funny thing. Regardless, OP, you know the path to take and I trust you will make the right decision (MBP owns PM G5 in speed).
     

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