What to get?

lucasfer899

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
432
2
London
Hello all,
I have been looking at PowerMac G5s and I really want one, thing is I'm not too familiar with them and want the best one below the models that use Liquid cooling, since it will be mainly a 24/7 machine, running a tv tuner, torrenting, file server, blah blah. Please dont try to convince me to get a mac mini, they overheat where I like to keep my machines. (In a cupboard)
I already have a Mid 2010 MBP 2.4 4GB ram, 500GB hdd as my main machine.

I also want the G5 that has the ports on the back for me to stick wifi and bluetooth dongles in, thanks. (It will be connected by ethernet, but I like to have measures such as that built into all my machines.)
I already have a sawtooth G4 also, and was wondering what is the best AGP GPU I can get for that?
Thanks! :cool:
 

840quadra

Moderator
Staff member
Feb 1, 2005
8,178
3,441
Twin Cities Minnesota
Being a G5 owner, I can tell you that putting one in a cupboard will yield the same issue you would have with a Mini. Any G5 doing any type of processor intensive task will heat a small room, and likely bake itself in the location you are looking at installing it in. The G5 is more or less Server hardware, and needs lots of airflow to properly cool (hence the fully vented front and back).

With regards to machine selection, I would recommend the newest and fastest you can afford that meets your criteria. The older Dual 2.0 (non Dual core) Niagra units are somewhat bulletproof, but are slightly slower bench than the later dual core systems.
 

lucasfer899

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
432
2
London
Being a G5 owner, I can tell you that putting one in a cupboard will yield the same issue you would have with a Mini. Any G5 doing any type of processor intensive task will heat a small room, and likely bake itself in the location you are looking at installing it in. The G5 is more or less Server hardware, and needs lots of airflow to properly cool (hence the fully vented front and back).

With regards to machine selection, I would recommend the newest and fastest you can afford that meets your criteria. The older Dual 2.0 (non Dual core) Niagra units are somewhat bulletproof, but are slightly slower bench than the later dual core systems.
Hmm thanks, nevermind about the cupboard part, I'm happy to have the thing in my workspace.
So dual core or dual processor?
 

lucasfer899

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
432
2
London
Be aware that running such power hungry machines 24/7 can lead to hundreds of $ per year in electricity costs. If you don't pay the bills then you won't care but it is something to be aware of.
Don't give two ***** about the power, to be quite frank ahaha
 

AQUADock

macrumors 65816
Mar 20, 2011
1,049
37
Don't give two ***** about the power, to be quite frank ahaha
I would recommend a high end PowerMac G4 if you're running a server but if you want a G5, the Dual 1.8 GHz are the fastest of the air cooling models.
 

lucasfer899

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
432
2
London
Just as a suggestion, you might find that a 7448 upgrade for your SawTooth will be more reliable than getting a G5. Those G5's are really prone to problems in general and take up a lot more energy. You might want to look at this thread for a video card upgrade for your SawTooth:

https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1415387
Thanks, I'll be looking into getting one...
I still want a G5 regardless.
 

lucasfer899

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
432
2
London
I would recommend a high end PowerMac G4 if you're running a server but if you want a G5, the Dual 1.8 GHz are the fastest of the air cooling models.
Thanks a bunch man, does that come with PCI-Express aswell?
Or is that just the stupid liquid quads...?
 

Intell

macrumors P6
Jan 24, 2010
18,891
400
Inside
Thanks a bunch man, does that come with PCI-Express aswell?
Or is that just the stupid liquid quads...?
If you want PCI-Express, you'll have to get a late-2005 model. These are the 2.0Ghz, 2.3Ghz, and 2.5Ghz. All are dual core and the 2.5Ghz has two processors for a total of 4 cores. The 2.0Ghz and 2.3Ghz are air cooled. All three have an integrated Bluetooth and Airport antenna.
 

wobegong

Guest
May 29, 2012
418
1
I would recommend a high end PowerMac G4 if you're running a server but if you want a G5, the Dual 1.8 GHz are the fastest of the air cooling models.
What? Dual 2.0, Dual Core 2.0, Dual Core 2.3 are all air cooled. Dual 1.8 is the slowest dual Core/CPU air cooled model.....
 

lucasfer899

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
432
2
London
The G5 quad. The fastest PowerMac ever made. Do note that they have a liquid cooling system.
I dislike the watercooling, as I've heard too many horror stories about them, even though this is something I'll probably never encounter, this is a 24/7 machine.

Thanks anyway.
 

cocacolakid

macrumors 65816
Dec 18, 2010
1,108
19
Chicago
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.