Turning a Mac Pro G5 into a Media Server/Box

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by thenation7, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. thenation7 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    Hey everyone,

    I recently came into possession of a Mac Pro with the dual g5s in it. It currently has 512mb of ram but I will be upgrading that to 2gb at least. Possibly an upgrade of the video card as well to the ati 4350 hd.

    Anyways, I am looking to turn that baby into a Media Server/Hub for my home entertainment system. I was wondering what the best route to take software wise was with a powerpc processor, should I keep OSx? Should I switch and install something like ubuntu on it? Should I go with boxee? or xmbc? or plex?

    Just wondering what would work best on my system and what you guys would recommend for a "noob" in media servers.
  2. drorpheus macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2010
    You've got a PowerMac G5 not a MacPro, it wont take the Ati 4350HD either.

    Everything aside from OSX is going to run no where near as fast, nor will it have the same level of driver support. Itunes and xbmc will both work Im sure theres a few others as well.

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