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Upgrade 5 year old Power G5 or buy a new one?

3557 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2010 10:06 PM by gary szunyogh1 RSS
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Dec 25, 2009 7:58 AM
Can you help at all???

Want to keep the cost down so considering upgrading instead of buying a new Apple Mac. Want to be able to run new operating system snow leopard on it. http://www.apple.com/uk/macosx/specs.html Was also looking at purchasing the iMac.

Currently have...

- Machine Model: Power Mac G5
- CPU Type: PowerPC 970 (2.2)
- Number Of CPUs: 1
- CPU Speed: 1.6 GHz
- L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
- Memory: 768 MB

Where do you go to get the parts to upgrade?
What would I need to upgrade? (Motherboard? Processor? Memory? Graphic Card? HardDrive?)

Is is relatively easy for a novice to upgrade? I could point my apple/pc engineer to the cheapest place to buy the parts and he can then do the upgrade for me.


Want to upgrade because I have a new Iphone 3Gs and our current operating system is too old to get itunes to run with it . It is mainly because my partner wants to return to graphic design & web work from home and needs a more modern operating system with a faster machine.


Any advice welcome.. What have you done & what would you recommend?
Power G5, Mac OS X (10.3.x), want to upgrade soon
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Dec 25, 2009 8:40 AM (in response to HappySad-2009)
    Other than a new hard drive, maybe another 1GB RAM, I would not throw good money into 6 yr old, upgrading really doesn't make sense.

    Apple can sell you refurbished specials which are excellent.

    As for Snow Leopard.... I don't see any compelling reason. Maybe in a year, or two.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Dec 25, 2009 9:22 AM (in response to HappySad-2009)
    Not the same, no. No need to call, just check online.
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

    If you want, P55 or X58 based along with Core i7 lets you build out a nice system.

    Depends on what you plan to do but I find Windows 7 rather nice, and have built two systems (one is more for testing, backup, and over-clocked) sitting side by side with my Mac Pro, which also runs Windows 7 as well.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Dec 25, 2009 1:00 PM (in response to HappySad-2009)
    You said you are familiar or seemed to have hands-on with building PCs.

    Mac today (and Intel) is churning out Core i5/i7 Nehalem which is even used in the latest high end iMac offering quad-core performance.

    When in doubt, Google Wikipedia and hardware review sites that cover motherboards, processors etc maybe.

    I have three 'puters, Mac Pro plus two that I built, all running Windows.

    Sorry about UK Apple Store link... you may actually want to call, and tell them what you saw and what you might be interested in.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • IIe Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 12:42 PM (in response to HappySad-2009)
    graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL

    see: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2273937&tstart=0
    PowerPC G5 1,6 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 4 Gb RAM - GeForce 6800 GT DDL - 2 x 500 Gb HD
  • IIe Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 1:00 PM (in response to The hatter)
    I'm not sure the Power Mac 1,6 GHz mono can recognise a 1 TB HD.

    Although SATA II HDs are recognised, they only run at 150 Mb/s (SATA I). I guess it is a limitation of the controller.

    Did someone out there actually install a 1 Tb HD in a 2003 monoprocessor Power Mac ?
    Power Mac G5 1,6 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 3 Gb RAM - GeForce 6800 GT DDL - 2 x 500 Gb HD
  • IIe Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 1:28 PM (in response to HappySad-2009)
    By the way, check if your firmware is up-to-date. A lot of people didn't know.

    Power Mac G5 Uniprocessor 5.1.5 f2 Firmware Update:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL548
    Power Mac G5 1,6 GHz Uniprocessor, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 3 Gb RAM - GeForce 6800 GT DDL - 2 x 500 Gb HD
  • Tracy Reynolds Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    Dec 27, 2009 4:31 AM (in response to HappySad-2009)
    Have you priced the Mac mini? I've added a 2.26GHz mini to my collection. They're usually less than $700USD and have the Intel processor needed to run Snow Leopard. SL won't run on a PPC G5.

    Tracy
    Mini 2duo2.26-SL. PPC's G5 2x1.8MHz-X.5.8, G4's 733MHz/450MHz-X.4.11, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 300 GB, 250 GB, 160 GB firewire external HDs
  • gary szunyogh1 Calculating status...
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    Feb 3, 2010 10:06 PM (in response to IIe)
    If the controller does 300 m/bs will it function that way. Firmtek shows a 300
    pci x card.
    g5, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Canon 5D MarkII

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