Advice for upgrading my PowerMac G5 7,3

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Hey all,

I am in need of some performance boosts but can not afford to buy a new Mac right now.

I use my PowerMac G5 for video editing (lastest FCP6), always using ProRes (usually just 422) at 1080p24. I also color-correct with Color and do some film grain compositing with Shake. Sometimes, I bring DPX sequences into Shake and render out ProRes QTs. 99.9% of the time, I am working with media on an external FW800 drive.

I bought my PowerMac G5 at auction quite a while ago and have not upgraded anything except software - I left all hardware as is.

I have attached 'About This Mac' .pngs to share my specs. The Fibre Channel hardware that is installed has not been used by me at all. Is it something I should look into for performance boosts over FW800 drives?

If I wanted to spend $500 on upgrades, what would be the best option...

A) I am crazy to spend that much on a ca. June 2004 computer
B) Install a SSD drive as my boot drive
C) Max out my RAM to 8GB
D) Get my Fibre Channel port and drive up and running (I have the Fibre Channel drive as well, yes)
E) Install an eSATA card to use eSATA drives at 1.5Gb/s
F) Upgrade my video card
G) Combine the best options of B-F that I can afford and balance
H) Buy a slightly younger Mac that is compatible with an eSATA card

Thanks so much everyone!

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If I wanted to spend $500 on upgrades, what would be the best option...

If you have $500 to spend upgrading this computer...forget about it. Sell it for what it's worth (about $200-$250...depending on the exact model)...add that to the $500...giving you $700-750 for a newer used computer.

Some options:

- a brand new Mac-mini costs $599
- get a used 1st generation quad-core Mac-Pro (e-Bay) for $600-$700
- all sorts of used Intel iMacs you could get.

$700-$750 is a nice little budget to get a newer used Mac...that will definitely outperform your Powermac G5.:)

HTH,

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Yes but a little dear and if the seller is including that software, make sure you get the original discs otherwise it is on there illegally. Also ask for the original system install discs, which will be version OS X.4.7. The Mac Pro is very upgradeable. CPU's can be upgraded to Intel X5365 3GHz Quad Cores, memory to 32GB, graphics to ATI Radeon 5770, SSD hard drive etc.

Suggest as Nick said $700 with software discs.
 

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I can upgrade the processor!?

Are you talking the Powermac G5 or the Mac Pro?

- If you're talking the Powermac G5...no.
- If you're talking the Mac Pro...yes...but you have to know what you're doing...and it can be a bit expensive depending on what cpu you're starting from & upgrading to.

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Assuming I buy that 2.66 Dual Core, I could upgrade to an Intel X5365 3GHz Quad Core, as you mentioned?
 

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Assuming I buy that 2.66 Dual Core, I could upgrade to an Intel X5365 3GHz Quad Core, as you mentioned?

"Harryb" mentioned that...but yes you can.

But...in my opinion...you shouldn't be thinking cpu upgrades BEFORE you've even purchased the computer. If you take the cost of a 2.66 quad-core Mac Pro + the cost of the cpu upgrade...you might be able to get a better Mac Pro in the first place.

I think that you'll find the cost of the Intel X5365 3GHz Quad Core cpu's not as inexpensive as you think. I did a quick search on e-Bay...and they cost about $250-$300 each.

The 3.0ghz cpu upgrade is a better upgrade option for someone who already owns a 2.66ghz quad-core Mac Pro....and has a lot of money already invested in it.

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Assuming I buy that 2.66 Dual Core, I could upgrade to an Intel X5365 3GHz Quad Core, as you mentioned?

The Mac Pro we're talking about is actually a "quad-core"...not a "dual-core". Technically it's two x two 2.66ghz dual core Xeon cpu's (4 cores).

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After looking for the Intel X5365 for some times, cost and rareness forced me into the X5355 2.66GHz Quad Core. Purchased a matched pair on eBay Australia for $250.00 and installed myself, but it is not an easy task for the uninitiated. There are guides on the 'net.

With an OWC SSD the Geekbench of the Quad Core Mac Pro just on doubled, 92% in fact and is faster that later models.


http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/sc...-does-your-mac-stack-up-geekbench-thread.html


Your current G5 comes in at 2103.
 

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