6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2012 9:13 AM by LordZedd
sabahat Level 1 (0 points)

I have 1st generation G5, is it worth upgrading or time to replace, family uses iMac ,2 Mac books,2 iPad s,apple tv and few iPods .

Would like this project if interesting and cost effective.

Any suggestions,thoughts appreciated

  • Johnb-one Level 4 (1,640 points)

    sadly, I'd have to say no, not really. Unless there's software you have to run, for which you need a G5, it's not that cost-effective. I don't know what OS you're running, or how much ram you have, but maybe you can find a refurbished Mac Pro and Leopard for a good price....


    just my opinion


    JOhn b

  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    WHY or what do you need to do or want?


    Mac Pro may be overkill coming from G5 1.6 or 1.8DP or 2.0DP.


    You say upgrade but what you mean is replace with something new.


    To get Apple security updates, support iTunes 10.7+, iCloud and all the iDevic-ification of Mac OS.


    Mac Pro 2010 Ref'd Special 2.8 4-core $1819 Apple Store section. Or new iMac $1200.

  • sabahat Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks hatter.

    What I meant to replace internal components not to upgrade to pro. So can use current version of all apps as you stated e.g ITunes  10.7.

    Last night bought my son new iPod but he can not use it due to older I tune and new version require updated os and processor is old for that,you got the issue.

    My needs are not extreme,just wondering will be cheaper to go this route or not.

  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    This is not the PowerMac / G5 forums. So sort of assume some things....


    you can't upgrade processor; you can't go beyond 10.6.8 I think (or was it 10.5.8?)


    Buy a Mini or Apple Specials for iMac are great.


    So if you want specific help you have to be more specific also.


    Macs use to allow G4 to G4 upgrade processors, not G5. And that won't change anything.



  • japamac Level 7 (24,390 points)

    You can't upgrade a Power Mac beyond 10.5.8.

    The latest iTunes for PPC is 10.6.3. iOS device support needed in 10.7 is reported to be fine in 10.6.3.

    That may suffice, for now.



    Note that the iTunes update requires OS 10.5.8.


    Beyond this, a new(er) machine is all that you can do.

  • LordZedd Level 1 (70 points)

    Sell your G5 and get a 2006 MacPro.