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  1. #1

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    Aug 01, 2007
    Is the Power Mac G5 still a viable machine?
    I want a Mac desktop to use for photo and video editing and some light graphic design. (nothing professional).

    Is the Power Mac G5 still a nice machine if I find one used in nice shape? I currently run a Core 2 Duo MacBook with 2GB of RAM.

    I run Adobe Lightroom, and the entire Creative Suite 3.

    I want a Mac desktop, but I don't like the iMac and the Mac Pro is way too much money. So . . .is the Power Mac G5 now too outdated to even bother with? If it would be worth getting one, what specs would it need to have to run at least on par with my MacBook? And would it run Leopard well?


  2. #2

    Member Since
    Apr 19, 2007
    20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.16Ghz, 500GB HDD, 1GB RAM, 128MB ATI Radeon X1600
    Well I hear the Core Duo iMacs were as powerful as PowerMac G5s were, so the '08 iMacs must be alot better...

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    Feb 02, 2004
    Of course its a fine machine. Why wouldn't it be?
    It isn't "outdated" or "obsolete" at all. If you can get your hands on one for a reasonable price, then go for it.
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  4. #4

    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    It depends on the model. The earliest ones...say, the 2003 1.6GHz models...would be pretty painful. The Quads, on the other hand, are unmatched except for the Mac Pros.

    All of them, however, have the advantage of greater expandability than any iMac or 'Book.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Aug 01, 2007
    What about the Dual 1.8 and Dual 2.0 models?

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Apr 02, 2008
    PowerMac G5 Dual 1.8 2GB RAM 250GB HD 20" Cinema Display
    Quote Originally Posted by daveminnich View Post
    What about the Dual 1.8 and Dual 2.0 models?
    i have a dual 1.8 and it runs great. i have adobe creative suite cs2 and final cut pro and they work just fine. absolutely no wait time with the creative suite, and it works pretty well with final cut. i'm selling it if you wanna check it out.
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    Apr 29, 2006
    St. Somewhere
    iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM
    I have a dual 2.3 with 2.5 GB RAM. It runs Photoshop CS2 very well. In fact, at the time I bought it (and this is WHY I bought it) it was the fastest Photohop engine available.
    My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
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