At this present point in time, the main thing you lose by buying a G5 is the OPTION to run Windows programs at real-time speed, and a HANDFUL of significant programs that are Intel-only.
It's not the best choice for future-proofing, but at $450 its pretty irresistable unless its a lemon. I'd check the serial number with a local authorised service tech to find out the repair history before plunking down the cash, but otherwise it's a great deal and should do you for several years to come.
I'm thinking that $450 is the upper limit of his budget so why are people trying to push higher price alternatives on him?
Excellent machine if you ask me, as MacDoc and CanadaRAM said just check the machine out and if it's good it'll serve you for years and years to come, until then save up for a nice new machine.
A lot of newer games especially from EA are Intel only... but if all you need to do is to enjoy the Mac experience -- web, e-mail, iLife, iWork, Final Cut and Logic Express, Office 2008, this is the perfect machine for you.
Yeah...there are very few programmes are that are intel exclusive. A lot of professionals are very reluctant to switch over to intel chips. Its not like all the software companies are going to go all intel exclusive. That would alienate a giant section of their consumer base, which is, already quite small.
A very good deal indeed, as others have pointed out, and a very low-risk introduction to Macs. Buy it, bump the RAM up to 1GB or more, and if after a few months you decide you hate Macs after all, you can sell it for what you paid for it.
Run System Profiler (Apple Menu --> About This Mac --> More Info...) to check the serial number. Take MacDoc up on his offer for more information, as there might be some way to identify a machine that's had the extended warranty repair already.
How about NO software is Intel only except one abortive Adobe venture and won't be for a long while givent he PPC user base....... Apple ain't that stupid.
That model can also have a n esay upgrade to one of the much faster SATA drives getting 100 megs per second read and write plus it handles two gigs of ram.
It's got a good chip for an excellent user experience.
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