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Old 07-03-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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I'm going to a commercial printer auction (anyone want a 40" Komori press) and they have some G5 computers for sale. Anyone have any idea what these older units are worth. I need to get back into Mac, and if they go for a few hundred, this might be cheaper than buying a new unit. (The college will buy me a new, power unit for my office, but I am on my own for a home unit.)
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:27 AM   #2
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The G5 is pre-Intel-processor-in-Macs, no? I'm not a Macxpert but, I don't think you can run any of the more recent OSX versions on non-Intel Macs, or any of the latest software. If you need it to run software that you already have on a PPC machine, then it's worth checking Amazon and eBay for comparable prices. I stumbled onto one at Amazon, used, for US$500 while looking up the processor specs, fwiw.

   
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I'm going to a commercial printer auction (anyone want a 40" Komori press) and they have some G5 computers for sale. Anyone have any idea what these older units are worth. I need to get back into Mac, and if they go for a few hundred, this might be cheaper than buying a new unit. (The college will buy me a new, power unit for my office, but I am on my own for a home unit.)
No good if you want a machine for doing work at home meant to mesh with your office Mac. If they buy new for the college, you will be way behind with a relic like a G5.

It wouldn’t be worth $500, if that is the going price. You could get a new MacBook for about twice that, or maybe find a recent MacBook Pro used for some price you can afford.

   
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Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure I will even get a bidding card. They want a $1000 deposit just to be able to bid.

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Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure I will even get a bidding card. They want a $1000 deposit just to be able to bid.
Good grief! There must be a better solution, with less rigamarole.

   
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If you have a spare monitor, keyboard and mouse, buying a used Mac mini might fit your home needs. I have the first gen Intel mini and it runs Snow Leopard fine. It should handle Lion when that becomes available soon. I would suggest looking for one that can take more than 2GB of memory.

   
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I am thinking about an iMac now. I was leery of this before, due to the lack of expansion. Even with a 27" screen, I feel I will miss having a second monitor set up like I have had on the PC for the last 10 years or so.

But I understand now that I can hook a monitor into the Thunderbolt port, and thus get the extended monitor. Does anyone here do that?
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I am thinking about an iMac now. I was leery of this before, due to the lack of expansion. Even with a 27" screen, I feel I will miss having a second monitor set up like I have had on the PC for the last 10 years or so.

But I understand now that I can hook a monitor into the Thunderbolt port, and thus get the extended monitor. Does anyone here do that?
Nope, but no Thunderbolt port. I bought my new iMac just before the new ones came out. (And haven’t set it up yet — too much going on!)

   
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My iMac is from late 2006, so pre-Thunderbolt. It can handle a second monitor just fine. So I assume you'd have no problems with a second monitor on a current model.

   
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