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This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: stephen
Date: February 07, 2010 11:07AM
My home computer will need replacing eventually.

I've been biding my time and saving money, but eventually am going to need an Intel-based Mac. This thing works, but the speed issues are starting to occasionally become noticeable.

I don't really demand that much of my home computer, at least not at the moment. Can a Mini run two monitors?

I love the iMacs but am relatively content with my dual 24 Dell refurbs.

Any deals on last-generation towers?
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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: Wailer
Date: February 07, 2010 11:21AM
I've never owned a G5 tower, but I tried to hold on to the G4 architecture as long as I could and finally made the jump to intel a year ago.

The benefits blew me away. Intel machines are so much more stable (I'm running 10.5.x on a 2.4ghz/4gb ram macbook) and rarely get bogged down with anything except flash. I can run handbrake and edit DV or watch 720p video on Plex and barely notice anything. With my G4, I'd schedule to run handbrake when I was going to be away from my computer. Whenever I'd work with DV, I'd make sure nothing else was running. Even then, the fans would be blaring. Now I barely here my machines, except when running flash.

I'm pretty frugal, but the jump to intel was way worth it. All the negative things I've read about G5 towers and imacs really make me feel thankful that I stuck with G4 for a while. You can find a used imac core2duo machine for around $400. If your computer is on 14+ hours per day, the power/heat generation savings alone should pay for the upgrade within a few years.

Not sure of the market for used intel mac pros but I'm guessing they are still very pricey. An imac can easily run one additional additional monitor.



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: AllGold
Date: February 07, 2010 11:38AM
Mac minis have had dual monitor support for about a year now so you could get any new machine or most refurbs.

Any relatively recent mini will crush your G5 in terms of performance while using only a small fraction of the electricity.



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 07, 2010 11:41AM
CRUSH G5!




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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 07, 2010 11:57AM
Skip the tower, doesnt sound like you are doing anything that needs it.

And yes, like already noted, minis can run dual monitors.

If you can get lucky and find one of the $499 mini refurbs, that would be ideal -- best bang for the buck

Otherwise, either of the current minis would be a significant improvement over your G5...



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: February 07, 2010 01:07PM
If you buy used or refurb, just make sure that you get one of the Intel minis that can run two monitors. The older ones can't.
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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: zeppo2
Date: February 07, 2010 01:20PM
When my tower died last year, went to a mini. I've been happy.
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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: February 07, 2010 01:20PM
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Otherwise, either of the current minis would be a significant improvement over your G5...
I think I'm past my denial, but I still have to slap my forehead at the idea of this. banghead smiley
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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: February 07, 2010 01:47PM
Buy a 24" iMac and add a second montior... You know you want to... grinning smiley



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 07, 2010 02:06PM
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Buy a 24" iMac and add a second montior... You know you want to... grinning smiley

Sheeeet. Get a 27"! I know I wish I had one! I'd be a famous porn star!

Are we talking about the same thing here? I named mine "Mac".....



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: February 07, 2010 02:10PM
Hey Jimmypoo that's pretty hot, don't you dare change it.



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 07, 2010 03:32PM
they dont make 24" iMacs anymore.



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 07, 2010 04:13PM
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If you buy used or refurb, just make sure that you get one of the Intel minis that can run two monitors. The older ones can't.

I'm still not quite figuring out which is which. Also, any way to support three monitors?




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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 07, 2010 04:33PM
you can do three monitors -- either via something like matrox's dual head to go or via USB to DVI adapter -- OWC has them...



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: February 07, 2010 08:55PM
I was thinking, or rather feeling the age of my 2003 single processor G5.

It was a refurb and has been a great computer, but the net, iPhoto, NeoOffice and a few other things have been slowing it to a crawl of late.

7 years is a good run, imho.

I have a MBP which runs circles around it, but no matter how you cut it, the MBP is my mobile computer and hooking it up as a "desktop" is a pain.

So I'm wondering, maybe a refurb iMac? A closeout 24 inch iMac?



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Re: This G5 tower isn't going to last forever....
Posted by: iaJim
Date: February 07, 2010 10:35PM
I have a G5 and a MBP. I feel the same way about hooking it up as my desktop. I'm thinking Mini.
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