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5950 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2010 2:14 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder
No processor upgrades, RAM and drives, maybe even video. At end of the day any Mac-Mini or Intel Mac would be faster.
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I'm going to have to agree that it's probably not worth sinking a lot of money into this system. Your upgrade options are pretty limited. Basically just RAM and hard drive, and the OS upgrade path ends at 10.5.
I'd save the money and just put it towards a replacement system down the line. The iMac G5s had numerous issues, so that thing could already be on its last legs.
The good news is that while that machine's been quite a workhorse for you, even today's Mac Mini should be able to outperform it. Aside from the processor, all the other subsystems (storage, I/O, graphics, memory) have been improved by leaps and bounds. Rather than spending a lot of time and money trying to find parts to extend that machine's life, you'll get a much better value with a new machine.
Take a look at the Refurb store. From the main store page, scroll down to the bottom and there should be a button for Refurbished Mac. Those machines still have a full warranty, and you can purchase AppleCare on them. A 2009 or even 2008 Mac Pro refurb would be a big performance upgrade for you, and be a little easier on the budget.Mac Pro 8-Core MacBook Pro 15" Aluminum Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone 3GS OS 3.1.3
The Mini, to me, doesn't look attractive in price/performance and features compared to an iMac 21" 3GHz or above.Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2010 2:00 PM (in response to The hatter)Ah, the poor, benighted Mac Mini…
Here's what I'm using a Mini for today:
I need to do a quick DVD for a customer to take home (or back to the office) of the last version of the video I'm working on. I have a KVM switch set up in my suite to switch over to the Mac Mini with one monitor and the keyboard. I tell DVD Studio Pro to start assembling and burning the DVD, then I switch over to my Mac Pro and get back to work editing. DVD Studio Pro will assemble my project (admittedly slower on the Mini than it would on the Mac Pro) but I'm back to work and being productive.
I'm thinking about getting another Mini to be a home server. Put the Filemaker Pro database on it so everyone can see it whenever we want. And two computers can access it at the same time. Also schedules can be managed easier. And if we get our daughter a computer, we'll netboot hers so that we have control over what our 9-year-old does on her Mac.Mac Pro Cheese Grater with double the cheese, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 1.12
You specifically mentioned:
I want to be able to install a more recent version of OSX (it currently runs X.3.9) in order to be able to network it more easily with the the other iMacs.
Mac Networking works very nicely across a wide range of Macs, and if your ONLY issue were networking, there is no reason whatsoever to upgrade it. It will happily Network with every iMac ever made.Beige G3, G4/867, G4/dual 1.25 MDD, MacPro'09, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, and 9.2, 10.5 and Server - LW IIg, LW 4/600, ATalk ImageWriter LQ