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upgrade G5 to intel chip

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magichat Calculating status...
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Dec 30, 2007 8:02 AM
I have a late 05 power mac G5 and I'm trying to decide if I want to upgrade the processor to an intel chip or just build a decent PC for gaming. The hang up is that I paid almost $5,000 for this mac and I don't want to just stop using it. Are there any issues with upgrading the processor to a core 2 duo?
Power Mac G5, Quad 2.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Forrest McElfresh1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,115 points)
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    Dec 30, 2007 9:55 AM (in response to magichat)
    The PowerMac G5 is not upgradable to an intel processor. The logic board is completely different and not compatible.
    Mac Pro1,1 8 core; G5 dual 2.0 & dual 1.8; 2 X MDD 1.25; DA 1.33: ad nuseaum, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Chimeras All
  • ig88rox Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2008 8:51 PM (in response to Forrest McElfresh1)
    Hi there,

    But can you upgrade the motherboard and the cpu to something better, for example a single chip 1.8Ghz to a dual core 2.5 (not Intel of course)? If so, is the cost so high that it makes sense to just get a new computer or...? Thanks!
    Powermac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.3), FCP
  • timeconsumer Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 3, 2008 9:03 PM (in response to ig88rox)
    I'd start shopping around for a new computer - it's not even remotely worth it to change out all the required parts in a G5. A great deal of things have changed from the single 1.8 to the DC 2.5. You'd essentially just be pulling your hard drives out of one machine and sticking it into an entirely new one.
    MacBook Pro (2.33Ghz C2D, 2GB RAM); PowerMac G5 (1.8Ghz DP, 3GB RAM), Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • ig88rox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 4, 2008 7:28 AM (in response to timeconsumer)
    Gotcha. Thanks!
    Powermac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.3), FCP

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