what is better deal loaded G5 or Imac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sparky2000, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. sparky2000 macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2010
    need your assistance. what is better , a Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5GHz with 16gb of ram vs a new imac 21.5 in, or even a 20/24 inch imac. isn't the ram the great equalizer in the g5. i want to do video and the g5 machine seems set up for that . is the new mac that much better with just 4gb of ram?
  2. macman7002 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008
    I would say go with the iMac. As it is newer and you could upgrade the RAM to fit your needs over time.
  3. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    I agree. Get the iMac. However, make sure you get the 21.5", as it can be upgraded to 16gb of RAM (4x4gb) instead of just 8 in the 20 or 24s (2x4gb). The G5's processor, while it was phenomenal when it was new, is just too old and outdated to compete well. I say get the high-end 21.5" with only 4gb RAM (or 8gb, if you can spare $200). It is dual core, 3.06ghz, and can run all the new 64bit apps that are coming. The G5 has already been left behind by Mac OS X, and I think that the pro apps will follow suit soon enough.
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    New iMac. 21.5" or 27" (20" and 24" iMacs are old iMacs)

    Install your own ram. Adding an additional 4 gigs to any current iMac costs $110 to bring you to 8 gigs.

    Heres some food for thought -- Geekbench numbers:

    Power Mac G5 (June 2004)
    PowerPC G5 (970FX) 2.5 GHz (2 cores) >> 2098

    iMac (Late 2009)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 3.06 GHz (2 cores) >> 4297

    LOL! And no amount of ram is going to fix that.
  5. PrinceAvalon macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Hicksville, US of A Baby!!!!!!
    You're right about that... all more RAM will allow is more apps to be open pretty much and more video overlay since it'll have more to store.. but if he upgrades the RAM in the iMac to the same capacity or roughly close enough it'll perform better as it's faster RAM.
  6. NIPRING macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Waukesha WI
    Thats not quite fair, he's talking about a quad not dual. A quick look on geekbench and the first quad number i see is 3609 and thats with 12 gigs not 16. I'm not saying one is better than the other but i'm just making sure the right system was listed.
  7. That-Is-Bull macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    Go with the iMac. If you buy it from MacMall (and probably some other resellers) you can have them install the extra 4GB of RAM for you for around $120.
  8. polotska macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
    In general I prefer modular, internally expandable systems like the Power Mac G5. However, I wouldn't want a PowerPC system at this point if I could avoid it, so I'd go with the iMac.
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    PPC is dead. iMac is the much better choice. It's like a G6.

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