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    NuttyG
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    Ideal PowerMac G5 for World of Warcraft?
    Later this year, I am debating switching my PC out for a G5 tower. The Athlon XP box is a little long in the tooth, and rather than another MB/CPU/RAM/HD upgrade, I thought about trying a Mac for once.

    I don't play a huge amount of PC games, but I would like to continue to be able to play World of Warcraft. I don't want to have to gimp it, either, I'd like all the options turned up.

    I will also use the machine pretty heavily for dumping and editing home movies.

    Would I be fine with the single 1.8 ghz processor, or do I need duellies? Also, how much RAM?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I should think a single processor 1.8 will be good enough so long as you bump it up with as much ram as you can afford, about 1GB would be good. I think you will be surprised how fast a 1.8 G5 processor is as it's not really possible to compare it with intel specs.

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    NuttyG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bobbins
    I should think a single processor 1.8 will be good enough so long as you bump it up with as much ram as you can afford, about 1GB would be good. I think you will be surprised how fast a 1.8 G5 processor is as it's not really possible to compare it with intel specs.
    Thanks, and I had one more question; I currently have a Radeon 9800 Pro that is the one good part of my PC that I'd like to stick in the Mac. Can I pop it in a new G5 and expect it to work, or do I have to prep it with a new BIOS first? I vaguely remember reading somewhere that you need to do this, but I could be thinking of older Macs.

    Thanks again!!

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    World of Warcraft does'nt need much to run. You can get an old used G4 off of ebay that would run it just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer75
    World of Warcraft does'nt need much to run. You can get an old used G4 off of ebay that would run it just fine.
    It doesn't run that well on my mac mini, If he wants it to run at least as good as his PC with a Radeon 9800 Pro, he is going to want a G5 Powermac. If you get a G5 Powermac, spend the extra cash to get the dual CPU.

    I don't know about converting a PC R9800 Pro to work with a mac, I would be interested to know if you find anything out on that because I have the same card in my PC.

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    There is a bit of a difference between a mac mini and the g4's in that the mini's have a slow laptop size harddrive in them. But lets face it, if you have got the money who wouldn't buy a top of the range G5. I'm not sure if it would be necessary but it would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bobbins
    I'm not sure if it would be necessary but it would be nice.

    I think it is necessary in order to play with all the visual effects turned up like he mentioned he wanted.

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    archer75
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    Just make sure your mini has 1gb of ram. Others have reported WoW running just fine on a mini with that.

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    Does anybody here have WoW with an iMac G5 and can say what settings works best on?

    I'l get it this friday and i'l tell ya how it works

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    Considering that OSX can use up to 512MB of ram just with a start up I should imagine that archer75 is right. Just give it lots of ram.

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    no point to single 1.8 powermac
    get an imac g5 with about a gig of RAM you will not be able to use
    your 9800 radeon on your powermac, as it only accepts one kind of radeon card and pretty much guaranteed that it wont be yours. the 5200 on the imac is all you will need for WOW. The only benefit of going Imac to Powermac in a single 1.8 is a better graphics card.

    Ps
    Bugger WOW and play neverwinter nights its better and you dont have to pay a monthly fee!

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    d-funct
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    I'm also pretty interested in putting my Radeon 9800 pro from my PC into my mac ... anybody know if it'll work or would if blowup in my face killing everything and burning down my house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle sam

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    Bugger WOW and play neverwinter nights its better and you dont have to pay a monthly fee!
    While I do feel WoW is a crap game and Neverwinter Nights is better, it is NOT a mmorpg.

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    What's a mmorpg ?

    Yes, d-funct i would be careful by just putting in a graphics card from a Mac into a PC as I have heard that it can cause the crust of the earth to open up and swallow everything within a two mile radius, so I would at the least WARN THE NEIGHBOUR'S and LOCAL POLICE before attempting such a reckless adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d-funct
    I'm also pretty interested in putting my Radeon 9800 pro from my PC into my mac ... anybody know if it'll work or would if blowup in my face killing everything and burning down my house?
    There is nothing fancy about the AGP or PCI-X sockets in the PowerMac so hardware wise nothing will "blowup" but I've not heard good things about the ATI retail drivers.

    The main difference between the retail cards and the Mac specific ones is the output sockets, i.e the Mac versions come with the Apple Cinema screen socket which contains power/on-off/usb within them.

    Amen-Moses

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