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    Smileyguy
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    Swap a PowerMac for an iMac?
    Hello everyone,

    Im a freelance journalist who is starting to get into amateur photojournalism and landscape photography. Im hoping to possibly make photography a second source of income in the next few years. I also use my computer for storing my music collection, for doing a little layout work in Quark, and for surfing the net, doing the accounts and using iLife extensively.

    Ive currently got a 1.8 GhZ single processor PowerMac G5, from the first line-up of G5s released in 2003. I originally forked out money I didnt really have for the machine because I wanted longevity. As a consequence of the expenditure, I couldnt afford a great monitor. I bought a 15 LCD, and now Ive got the money for a new monitor I want to upgrade to 19 or 20.

    So I started shooping online for displays, but then I got a great offer from my local apple centre. They said If I traded in my G5, theyd give me a brand new 20 iMac G5 for 550. I dont particularly want or need a new computer, but look what Im getting for this deal

    - A brand new 20 display.
    - A brand new computer
    - Both of these under warrantee
    - A chance to get AppleCare, Apples Bluetooth module
    - A gorgeous all-in-one machine which will save space and has the potential to be wall mounted (the aesthetics are REALLY temping me)

    All of this for 550.

    Or, I can keep my Powermac and buy a secondhand 20 Apple Cinema display (one of the last generation) for at least 620, but probably more. Of course I could buy a third party monitor (The Formac Platinum 1900 could be picked up for about 550). Like I said, Im moving into a new home soon so aesthetics are important, and the Apple Cinema display and Formac are the only monitors that really appeal to me.

    So would a move to the iMac G5 be a downgrade?

    Both machines are 1.8Ghz G5, the most important hardware factor. The iMac can go to 2GB of RAM, the PowerMAc to 8Gb. But the most Ill ever do is some light photo retouching, iMovie/iDVD editing, internet, word processing and using Quark.

    Will 2BG be enough to do this for the next 3/4 years or will I want more?

    The graphics on the Powermac are upgradeable, but not on the iMac. Does upgrading graphics only make a difference in games or will I notice a real effect in movies and photography? If its only for games, Ive no interest, but if it makes my pictures better and DVDs clearer Im interested.

    Whats my best option for colour accuracy? The Formac Platinum, the OLD 20 Apple Cinema Display or the 20 iMac? Id be really interested in hearing from people here about colour accuracy on the iMac G5 and the old cinema displays.

    The mac HD on the iMac is 250GB, and on the Powermac its twice that. But even for someone into photography and who keeps a music collection on his machine, isnt 250 enough?

    Also, is it likely there will be processor upgrades for for my 1st generation PowerMac, and if so, how high could I expect them to take it?

    I guess what this comes down do is whether by plumping for the gorgeous good looks of the iMAC G5 (at a great price for a 20 screen) am sacrificing anything I might need to carry out me computing needs successfully for the next 3/4 years.

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    I can't answer all of your questions, but at least some of them...

    The first line of single 1.8GHz PowerMacs had a 900MHz FSB, opposed to 600MHz in the actual one and the 20" iMac G5. This means that, allthough the CPU runs at the same speed, overall system performance is likely to be better on your PowerMac.
    But according to what you're using it for, the iMac will be plenty enough, you don't really need the upgradability of the PowerMac.
    CPU upgrades? Maybe, but not in the near future...it's difficult to foresee how high they'll be...
    Graphic card upgrades? Even if the iMacs card isn't the nonplusultra, it's more than powerfull enough for your use...no gaming = no better card needed.
    RAM upgrade? With 2GB you have plenty enough, unless you want to start some serious, professional video editing...
    Harddisk upgrade? Depends on the amount of disk space you need...250GB is really a lot, and it won't fill up too fast, I guess...

    Personnally, I would keep the PowerMac, because I like being flexible with upgrades. But that's just my personal preference...

    Both of them are great for your usage, but if aesthetics are your main criteria, the iMac definitely is the better choice...the PowerMac already looks really cool, but the iMacs slim all-in-one design just looks mutch cooler, especially the 20".

    Just my 2cents... :mac:

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    Keep the G5, and just buy yourself a monitor. You do not need an Apple display either. The best 20.1" LCD available right now is the Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW Widescreen LCD (1680x1050). It meets or exceeds the specs of Apples 20.1" display, and can be had for $549, instead of $999. The only thing the Mac monitor has going for it is it will match your G5, but if your willing to spend nearly twice as much for a matching monitor, you have other problems that should be looked into
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    ForeverG5
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    For what you are doing, I suggest, if you already have a PowerMac, just keep it. If you already had like a PowerMac G4 or something, then I'd say go with an iMac G5. But why switch when you've already got something that works fine.

    You should get either a Dell UltraSharp, as stated above, or an Apple Cinema Display, which of course, looks nicer, but is more expensive.

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    talk about bringing back an old thread!

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