Should I get a new Mac Mini, or a Dual 2.3 PM G5?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by coupdetat, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. coupdetat macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    I want to spend around $500 on a new desktop, since right now all I have is an ancient 1ghz eMac. I'm looking at two choices:

    My school is selling new Mac Minis (1gb RAM) for $479 + tax...


    I found a guy on Craigslist willing to sell his dual 2.3 G5 with 2gb RAM, some dual-DVI ATi video card, Apple aluminum keyboard, and mighty mouse, for $450

    Now I'm kind of conflicted. The Mac Mini is probably the most practical for me, since it's small and fast. But I really, really like the G5 because it's so easy to work on and has pretty good expandability (for a Mac). Also, dual screen capability is nice, and the price is better since it would be $50 less after tax, plus it includes a nice keyboard and mouse.

    I'm really not looking for fast performance, but I'd like to be able to watch Hulu/Youtube at full screen without lag. I do research and I'm an engineering student, so all of my real work is done with less demanding programs like Matlab, Mathematica, Grapher, Pages, Office, etc. What do you guys think? Is the G5 going to be too slow for smooth Flash playback?

    On a slightly pathetic note, isn't it strange that watching online videos is somehow more demanding than unraveling the mysteries of nature with Matlab?
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    The new Mac Minis have two display outputs so you can have dual displays. Snow Leopard will support only Intel machines i.e the Mac Mini. I recommend the Mac Mini because it is new technology.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    This would be an easy decision for me - the Mini. Snow Leopard's OpenCL ftw.
  4. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
  5. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Balham, London
    The only thing the G5 has over the Mini is the ability to take 2 full size hard drives but with the Mini having FW800 external drives shouldn't really be a problem. If you need expandability just open it up and install 4GB of RAM and a 500GB (or more depending on the time frame) hard drive further down the line.
  6. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    Mini... No question...

    About the ONLY thing you'd be lacking is video card upgrade options, but considering the price, and the more modern hardware, and the ability to go with Snow Leopard, it's the more "future proof" of the two options.

    Also, don't forget student educational discount!!!
  7. pwn247 macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    West Virginia, USA
    Mac Mini. If you need more storage, just pick up an external HDD. RAM upgrades are possible, but a little tricky.
  8. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Which mac mini is your school selling?

    If it is the one without the new graphics chip, if it is new but old stock --
    get the Powermac G5 2.3ghz

    but only if it is the Dual Core 2.3ghz with PCIe slots not Dual Processor with PCI X slots. $450 is a great price because I just sold my 2.3 dual core for $775.
  9. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Mac Mini. At least if something goes wrong (old computers tend to have more problems) I have 1 year warranty. Sure the G5 has a keyboard/mouse, but is that really important in deciding which computer to buy? CPU, GPU is more important.

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