Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2012 9:48 AM (in response to Estden)
In pretty simple words: Yes, your G5 is quite out of date. But if it suits your needs, and if a new computer wouldn't suit them any better, then there is no pressing need to replace it.
Your upgrading opportunities are scarce. You can upgrade OS X to 10.5.8 but no farther. Some of your software may not be upgradeable to the most current versions. Hardware upgrades will likely be limited to memory, hard drive, and GPU. You need to consider the cost of upgrading versus the cost of a new computer considering, also, the ueful lives of each.
Personally, I would suggest a new computer. But as I said earlier - if it isn't broke, don't fix it.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2012 10:05 AM (in response to Kappy)
Thanks for the quick responce and wise words.
It wasn't the answer I was looking for, but I think all the same I knew it would be so.
I was hoping that I could acquire the skills of a whizz kid and recondition my computer.
Although when I divide the lifespan cost of my G5, ( approx £5pw since 2005) it's not bad I guess.
It's just annoying to know that it isn't broken, yet can't open a CS6 document, stream music, etc.
I use design programmes and it is fundemental that I can open documents when I get home, so investing in a new model is most likely.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2012 10:21 AM (in response to Estden)
No, you can't handle CS5 or CS6, but streaming music is possible. But, if your work requires you to stay current with colleagues, employers, etc., then you may have to byte that bullet.
For what you suggest you may not need another tower model. However, if you are to replace the G5 with a Mac Pro tower, then be sure to check Apple's refurbished ones. You will find that info at the Online Store. A new Mac Pro model was released this year, so the previous models may be available as refurbished units. You should know that Apple has openly announced that a new Mac Pro design will be out next year sometime.
If waiting is not an option for you and Mac Pros are simply too expensive, then consider the iMacs. The new and refurbished iMacs are available with i7 processors and pretty decent GPUs. Except for memory iMacs are not designed to be field upgraded by the user. I recently replaced a 2006 Mac Pro 8-core machine with a 3.4 GHz i7 27" iMac. It is every bit as fast as the Mac Pro it replaced. In fact it's as fast or faster than all but the must recent Mac Pros from 2010 and 2012.
Just more food for thought.