Best G4 or Simple G5?

Posted:
in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Ey,

I would like to buy a G4 or G5.

But I have only enough money for the 'best' G4 or the

'simplest ' G5.

Which should I buy?



Greetz

Ro

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 17
    What sort of G4? If it is the iMac, then go for the G5, and put more RAM in it. I'm assuming you haven't included the price of the monitor... m.
  • Reply 2 of 17
    pharrelpharrel Posts: 6member
    I mean this:



    Power Mac G5

    Dual 1.8 GHZ



    900MHz frontside bus/processor

    512K L2 cache/processor

    256MB DDR400 SDRAM

    Expandable to 4GB SDRAM

    80GB Serial ATA

    8x SuperDrive

    Three PCI Slots

    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra

    64MB DDR video memory

    56K internal modem



    $1999



    OR



    Power Mac G4

    Dual 1.25 GHZ



    2MB L3 cache/processor

    512MB DDR333 SDRAM

    80GB Ultra ATA drive

    SuperDrive

    ATI Radeon 9000 Pro

    Mac OS 9 boot supported



    $1774



    Both without monitor



    I will use my mac for webdesign, photoshop, flash, pinnacle hollywood fx (video), and stuff like that.
  • Reply 3 of 17
    zapchudzapchud Posts: 844member
    Get the G5, else you'll be slapping yourself bigtime every day until you sell it. Yes, it's that much better. :-)
  • Reply 4 of 17
    gamblorgamblor Posts: 446member
    One thing you might want to consider is getting a refurbed previous generation dual 1.8 G5 for $1800 from the apple store. That way you can spend the extra $200 on more memory-- because 256MB just isn't enough, especially for what you want to do with it.



    [edit-- one thing though-- the wait on the refurbed 1.8's is 30 business days (!), so you should definitely take that into account.]
  • Reply 5 of 17
    pharrelpharrel Posts: 6member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Gamblor

    One thing you might want to consider is getting a refurbed previous generation dual 1.8 G5 for $1800 from the apple store. That way you can spend the extra $200 on more memory-- because 256MB just isn't enough, especially for what you want to do with it.



    [edit-- one thing though-- the wait on the refurbed 1.8's is 30 business days (!), so you should definitely take that into account.]






    I am from Holland, and my English isn't that good.

    So, can you tell me what you mean with refurbed previous generation? Is it a second-hand?

    Can you give me the link to the page of the apple store where I can buy these, because I couln't find in the apple store.



    Thanx in advance
  • Reply 6 of 17
    londorlondor Posts: 256member
    I think the only european apple store that sells refurbished units is the UK one.



    http://promo.euro.apple.com/promo/refurb/uk/
  • Reply 7 of 17
    pharrelpharrel Posts: 6member
    I can't buy a refurbished mac because the dutch shop doens't have that and the UK one says this:



    The Apple Store (UK) sells and ships products only within the mainland United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.



    What to do?
  • Reply 8 of 17
    Buy a new G5... or

    eBay ? for a used one?
  • Reply 9 of 17
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,123member
    Your question is a no-brainer : get the dual G5. It will kick the ass of any previous dual G4 and it will support more future generation of mac os X, than the G4.



    For 60 $, I will suggest you to take the radeon 9600 XT video card option.
  • Reply 10 of 17
    daisyggdaisygg Posts: 4member
    Buy a little bit lower G5 form the reseller, like dual 1.6G. Put 1G momery. DDR400, 512K L2 and serial ATA give you much much better performance comparing to DDR333, 256K L2 and ultra ATA. No doult.



    Quote:

    Originally posted by pharrel

    I mean this:



    Power Mac G5

    Dual 1.8 GHZ



    900MHz frontside bus/processor

    512K L2 cache/processor

    256MB DDR400 SDRAM

    Expandable to 4GB SDRAM

    80GB Serial ATA

    8x SuperDrive

    Three PCI Slots

    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra

    64MB DDR video memory

    56K internal modem



    $1999



    OR



    Power Mac G4

    Dual 1.25 GHZ



    2MB L3 cache/processor

    512MB DDR333 SDRAM

    80GB Ultra ATA drive

    SuperDrive

    ATI Radeon 9000 Pro

    Mac OS 9 boot supported



    $1774



    Both without monitor



    I will use my mac for webdesign, photoshop, flash, pinnacle hollywood fx (video), and stuff like that.




  • Reply 11 of 17
    daisyggdaisygg Posts: 4member
    It is really worth to take the radeon 9600 XT video card option





    Quote:

    Originally posted by Powerdoc

    Your question is a no-brainer : get the dual G5. It will kick the ass of any previous dual G4 and it will support more future generation of mac os X, than the G4.



    For 60 $, I will suggest you to take the radeon 9600 XT video card option.




  • Reply 12 of 17
    zapchudzapchud Posts: 844member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by daisygg

    Buy a little bit lower G5 form the reseller, like dual 1.6G. Put 1G momery. DDR400, 512K L2 and serial ATA give you much much better performance comparing to DDR333, 256K L2 and ultra ATA. No doult.



    When did they start selling dual 1.6 giggers?
  • Reply 13 of 17
    pharrelpharrel Posts: 6member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Zapchud

    When did they start selling dual 1.6 giggers?



    Dual 1.6 doesn't excist, do they?

    Does it makes a lot difference between 1.6 GHZ or dual 1.8 GHZ?
  • Reply 14 of 17
    londorlondor Posts: 256member
    Get the dual 1.8

    Also if you know someone who is a teacher or a student ask him/her to get the computer for you and take advantage of the educational discount (8%)
  • Reply 15 of 17
    zapchudzapchud Posts: 844member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by pharrel

    Dual 1.6 doesn't excist, do they?

    Does it makes a lot difference between 1.6 GHZ or dual 1.8 GHZ?




    No, Dual 1.6 GHz G5s doesn't exist.



    The difference between the single 1.6 and the dual 1.8 is that you'll like the 1.6, but love the dual 1.8. It's a lot of difference. In many situations, twice the performance.
  • Reply 16 of 17
    pharrelpharrel Posts: 6member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Londor

    Get the dual 1.8

    Also if you know someone who is a teacher or a student ask him/her to get the computer for you and take advantage of the educational discount (8%)




    My sister is a student, she will buy it for me.
  • Reply 17 of 17
    3.14163.1416 Posts: 120member
    G5, no question. I agree with the other comments to see if you can get a deal on a Rev A dual 1.8, but even if you can't the new 1.8 is easily worth the $200 difference over the G4.
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