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Old Jul 17th, 2011, 08:54 PM   #21
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Try calling David at macdoc he always has a deal on powermac G5's and can get you what you need!
He might even take your Dell server on trade!

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Old Jul 18th, 2011, 12:57 AM   #22
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I remeber my friends iMac G5 he complety destroyed it trying to change some capacitors, but back to the noise element, like I said this is a server running light wait things DNS, DHCP, and maybe a directory service not an extreme processor sucker (atleast I think). But also if you have ever heard a poweredge server they run at high 70 to low 80 dB and you think a G5 is a spce heater 20 minutes with this thing on in december and the office its sitting in is a sauna.
A dual 2.5GHz G5 (with an aftermarket kit to expand it to 9 internal drives) at idle is around 50 dB and under load averages around 54 dB with peaks of 61 (measured at a distance of 1' from the tower) according to Bare Feats. I doubt the 1.8 would be louder...

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Old Jul 18th, 2011, 08:11 AM   #23
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I heard there were only significant problems with the water cooled ones with the higher clock speed is that right?
Depends on who you talk to or what you read. Try here for a pretty balanced view (and remember that this survey was done in 06).

Power Mac G5 Reliability

Then, google "PowerMac Logic board class action" for a lot of really angry responses. I personally feel that there was a far bigger problem than Apple ever admitted (but I am DEFINITELY biased!).

On the bright side there are a lot of spare parts out there! ( will soon be selling mine).
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Old Jul 18th, 2011, 09:06 AM   #24
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Re the noise, I still have a 2.3 GHz dual cpu at home and for the most part under light to moderate loads it's quiet. Eg surfing and a bit of PS, now and then all the fans do kick in and it gets loud but I'm used to it so I don't really notice. Seems to me when it's doing a lot of reading and writing they kick on more often.

If you want to try and see for yourself, if you open the side door and remove the clear plastic cover as well that kicks on all the fans. Not a really scientific way of measuring the noise but at least you can hear what it sounds like full blast.

For comparison the G4 MDD's we had were a lot louder.
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Re the noise, I still have a 2.3 GHz dual cpu at home and for the most part under light to moderate loads it's quiet. Eg surfing and a bit of PS, now and then all the fans do kick in and it gets loud but I'm used to it so I don't really notice. Seems to me when it's doing a lot of reading and writing they kick on more often.

If you want to try and see for yourself, if you open the side door and remove the clear plastic cover as well that kicks on all the fans. Not a really scientific way of measuring the noise but at least you can hear what it sounds like full blast.

For comparison the G4 MDD's we had were a lot louder.
I agree with the above. Seldom noisy, except under very heavy load, and then only for brief periods, and all 5 fans are well balanced.
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Old Jul 18th, 2011, 02:39 PM   #26
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I have a PM G5 used as a server and the major downside is the heat that it is pumping into my scorching office. Right now, the thermometer on my desk with two large monitors and my iMac Quad i7 is showing 31.7C. Chocolate bars are melting in my office!

Other than the heat on a hot summer week, I enjoy having the five hard drives I have installed.
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I have a PM G5 used as a server and the major downside is the heat that it is pumping into my scorching office. Right now, the thermometer on my desk with two large monitors and my iMac Quad i7 is showing 31.7C. Chocolate bars are melting in my office!

Other than the heat on a hot summer week, I enjoy having the five hard drives I have installed.
I can relate, I left my 27' iMac on when I was in vacation so I had remote access. Lets just say when I got back a box of smarties was unidentifiable. I think I will try MacDoc, the only thing is when you live in BC and there in Ontario shipping cant be cheap.
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