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  1. #1

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    May 19, 2010
    Question Upgrade a Power Mac G5
    Hi guys,

    I need some second opinions, what would be the best upgrades and changes i could make to this G5 here is the spec of the computer.

    System Profile.doc

    It is mainly used for video editing on final cut. Basically am i gonna get my bang for my buck just buying a new computer?


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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    From the specs you submitted it looks like there really isn't much you would want to do or could do to upgrade. You didn't mention how large the hard drive is but that might one area that you could improve on.

    Also, you can run Leopard on that machine. I noticed that you're running Panther. Your PowerMac G5 is certainly still a very capable machine but if it were mine, I would not sink a lot of money into it.

    We should see a new line of iMacs from Apple sometime this year. It may happen this Summer or Fall. You might want to wait to see what they come out with and perhaps purchase a new machine instead of spending money and trying to improve your G5.

    Ultimately though, the decision is yours.


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    hughvane's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 18, 2008
    Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand
    MacMini 4.1, OS 10.11 and 10.6; Macbook Pro 8.2, OS 10.12, MacBook 4.1, OS 10.6.8
    Check Mactracker for the sorts of upgrades you can do with that machine, eg. 4 Gb RAM maximum. RAM aside, your listed specs suggest that your G5 is at 'basic' level, including the video card. This site Accelerate Your Mac Graphics Card and Video Related Articles may give you guidance about video upgrades.

    Essentially though, as Chas has suggested, your G5 is now 7 years old, and Mactracker lists it in the Vintage category (blimey, vintage at 7!!). Save your $$ for a later model machine, would be my recommendation.
    Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

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