Considering a PowerMac G5

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Hi there, I currently own a 3GHz Core2Duo iMac which I enjoy using, but I've recently moved in my girlfriend who has an equally powerful PC and we've decided we don't need two powerful computers and it would make sense to sell one and replace it with a cheaper, less powerful machine. And the iMac is the more valuable of the two, so it's looking like it'll be the iMac which will be getting the chop.

Which brings me to my question, I'd like to keep a Mac in the household and I've got my eye on two PowerMac machines - A 1.8GHz dual-core G5 with 1.25Gb of RAM for £50 ($80) and a 2.0GHz dual-core G5 with 5Gb of RAM for £130 ($205).

I'm not sure what graphics cards are in the machines, I'll update the thread with that information if I get it.

Which of those machines is the better value for money? How much would it cost to upgrade the RAM on the 1.8GHz machine?

Both machines have 80Gb hard disks, which I'd want to upgrade to at least 500Gb, how much would that cost?

I'll be mainly using the machine I choose for webbrowing (Including viewing HD videos in YouTube) and viewing HD videos in Quicktime/VLC. I'll also occasionally use the following applications - Minecraft, Handbrake, uTorrent, Photoshop and Lightroom.

Would either machine be sufficient for the above uses?

And if the question is no, what would you recommend I buy on a £150 ($240) budget?

Thank you.
 

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Hi there, I currently own a 3GHz Core2Duo iMac which I enjoy using, but I've recently moved in my girlfriend who has an equally powerful PC and we've decided we don't need two powerful computers and it would make sense to sell one and replace it with a cheaper, less powerful machine. And the iMac is the more valuable of the two, so it's looking like it'll be the iMac which will be getting the chop.

Which brings me to my question, I'd like to keep a Mac in the household and I've got my eye on two PowerMac machines - A 1.8GHz dual-core G5 with 1.25Gb of RAM for £50 ($80) and a 2.0GHz dual-core G5 with 5Gb of RAM for £130 ($205).

I'm not sure what graphics cards are in the machines, I'll update the thread with that information if I get it.

Which of those machines is the better value for money? How much would it cost to upgrade the RAM on the 1.8GHz machine?

Both machines have 80Gb hard disks, which I'd want to upgrade to at least 500Gb, how much would that cost?

I'll be mainly using the machine I choose for webbrowing (Including viewing HD videos in YouTube) and viewing HD videos in Quicktime/VLC. I'll also occasionally use the following applications - Minecraft, Handbrake, uTorrent, Photoshop and Lightroom.

Would either machine be sufficient for the above uses?

And if the question is no, what would you recommend I buy on a £150 ($240) budget?

Thank you.

I would mentally apply the $240 budget to the cost difference between the PC and the iMac and sell the PC instead. You may miss out on a few dollars but will be money ahead in the long run IMO.
 
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Have you got Lightroom and Photoshop for the PC, that's a major budget concern if you ditch the imac
 
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Yeah...don't do that. Keep your iMac, the PowerPC processor is dead, and getting more and more obsolete by the day, sure, it might be fine for the basics, but you don't want to limit yourself like that.

If you really do want to get rid of your iMac, you could try selling it and picking up an earlier C2D or CD Mac Mini, or go the PC route.
 
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Do not go backwards and buy a G5, especially an aged 1.8GHz DP which were first released way back in 2003. You will be bitterly disappointed with its performance and become frustrated.
 
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Just keep what you have. After all is said and done you'll end up with a much less powerful machine, and an obsolete one at that, for very little money gain. It just isn't worth it.

Work an extra shift, or write an extra article, or whatever it is you do for a living, and eat out one less meal. That's about what you're talking about.
 

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