Which PPC to keep?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Zeke D, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

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    I have the following PPC machines lurking about:
    Dual 1.25Ghz MDD
    700Mhz Digital Audio
    3x G5 (dual 1.8Ghz and 2.0Ghz I think)
    1.0Ghz eMac

    I know it will make many of the forums denizens sad, but, I've effectively retired them all, but still want to keep one for PPC gaming for my kids.

    Any suggestions on what to keep? I'm leaning toward the MDD, because the G5s are power hogs.
     
  2. Surrat macrumors 6502

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    I would keep the 2.0 dual G5, its the most powerful by far, and can be upgraded to 6800 ultra, or x850xt video cards. The G5 is probably more reliable long term, since if it hasnt died by now, it probably is free of defects.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would keep the G5 as it brought forth a lot of new features like USB 2.0 and SATA. What are you going to do with the other machines?
     
  4. lowendlinux Contributor

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    I'd keep the MDD because it's an icon of sorts.
     
  5. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    I vote for a G5, I've had many Power Mac G4s in the past and my 2.3 G5 is always the one that stays around!
     
  6. powermi macrumors regular

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    i would keep the powermac G4. If not enought for your task, then keep the three G5, one to use and the others for future Spares if needed.
     
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  8. Zeke D thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like them to go to good homes, but I live in rural Arizona and shipping is, as the kids say, cray-cray. They've resided in my Garage for over a year now, and I'm wanting to reclaim the space.
     
  9. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    I'd keep the MDD G4 as it consumes less power and can boot everything from OS9 to Leopard.
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I am going to PM you.
     
  11. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    If all the retro games are OS X only, keep the dual 2.0 G5. It will make those old games play really nicely if not make them screamingly good. Tropico on a G5 is insanely fast even with large populations.
     
  12. Zeke D thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the input, peeps. I think I'll keep the MDD and one of the G5s.
     
  13. proxyLain macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like a good choice. :)
     
  14. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    I'd keep the MDD G4 and a G5.

    The eMac should be the first to go. Not your best machine, not very interesting, and not very attractive.
     
  15. redheeler macrumors 603

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    eMacs have a nice aesthetic appearance, they just aren't as powerful or expandable as a G4 MDD or G5.
     
  16. Zeke D thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That, and the eMac is more powerful than the Digital Audio G4 without going 3rd party for a CPU upgrade.
     
  17. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but how many computers do you really need?
     
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  19. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    OS X users (and especially Adobe users) get more benefit from more RAM than from a more powerful processor. I saw the charts in MacAddict (now MacLife) and their charts showed an insanely noticeable improvement when you add more RAM.

    So the eMac vs DA isn't an issue at all. The DA can take more RAM. The eMac cannot, EXCEPT for the ones with USB 2.0 on them. So see how much each system can take before making the final decision.
     
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  21. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    It was from several years ago, so no. :( I just remember the article from what was then MacAddict.

    But I do know from experience that OS X is one RAM hungry piggy.
     

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