2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2012 2:52 PM by Ramón G Castañeda
Ramón G Castañeda Level 4 Level 4 (1,460 points)

The reason for my posting here rather than in the Mac Pro forum is that I need to lean on the expertise of the Power Mac experts in this forum.


While I'm extremely happy with the current performance of my G5 Quad, I can foresee the need for a Mac-Intel machine in the future in order to run modern Adobe software like Photoshop CS6, Illustrator, and InDesign.


As I'm strictly on a bargain-basement type of budget, I'm beginning to toy with the idea of buying a second-hand basic Mac Pro that could use any of the components I have in my Quad.  I know the SCSI card is hopeless, but what about the video graphics card, the RAM modules and the drives?


My thinking is to start looking around for a low-priced, used 64-bit capable Mac Pro.


Any input will be most appreciated.



2.5 GHz Power Mac (PPC) G5-Quad;


16GB RAM (8 x 2GB DDR2 SDRAM PC2-4200U-444);


mutant, flashed 550MHz nVidia GeForce 7800GTX 1,700MHz 512MB VRAM;


ATTO ExpressPCI UL5D LP SCSI card;


Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11 and Leopard 10.5.8 boot drives; Spotblight, Dashboard and Time Machine permanently disabled;

dual 22" CRT monitors;

USB wireless 'n' available but connected to the Internet via wired Ethernet;

FW flatbed scanner;

2 SCSI scanners (one tabloid-size transparency scanner and a film scanner);

various internal & external HDs.

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2.5G5Quad,16GB,7800GTX 512MB, Tiger