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preformalover Jul 14th, 2011 07:54 PM

Debating on buying a powermac G5
 
I am in a transition period from the dark and dingy Micro$oft side to the clean beautiful Apple side but there is one thing that still lives from the dark side. I bought my self a dell poweredge 2650 rack mounted server from a auction a year or so ago to run MS Server, I do basic things with it Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and host a game server on the LAN but I am wondering if I should sell it and see if I can get a powermac and run OS X Leopard Server on it. Would it be worth it I could probably get $200-300 for the dell right now and on craigslist I could probably get a dual processor 1.8GHz G5 with about 2 GB of RAM, HD space not being a problem as I have a coupe 1 TB I can put in it as it is. No my dell specs are Dual 2.8 GHz Xeons with hyper treading (Arguably 4 cores total) and 4 GB of ram and a 80 GB HD (Small HD because it only supports SSCI and anything over 80GB costs more that what I want to put into it). So I guess in the end the question is should I sacrifice some specs to trade up to Mac Server.

PS
How loud are the G5's, loudness is one of the main reasons I am consider changing because this industrial grade server vibrates my house its so loud.

monokitty Jul 14th, 2011 08:06 PM

Apple (Canada) - Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server..

preformalover Jul 14th, 2011 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lars (Post 1112061)

I about the mac mini I am just not looking at anything above lets say $300 for my server needs as they are basic and only for my home for myself.

BlackViper Jul 14th, 2011 08:11 PM

If noise is an issue and performance is not(since you are looking at an over 5 year old Power Mac) have you considered the MacMini Server? Or any mac mini upgraded to Lion server next week. Not sure what you plan on spending but the Mini would come with warranty/support and likely be useful further into the future. It'd be a shame if you got "new" hardware and it prevented you from taking advantage of newer software.

You might find a used Mini in your price range

preformalover Jul 14th, 2011 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackViper (Post 1112063)
If noise is an issue and performance is not(since you are looking at an over 5 year old Power Mac) have you considered the MacMini Server? Or any mac mini upgraded to Lion server next week. Not sure what you plan on spending but the Mini would come with warranty/support and likely be useful further into the future. It'd be a shame if you got "new" hardware and it prevented you from taking advantage of newer software.

You might find a used Mini in your price range

As Said above I am looking at $300 MAX and even the mac mini's performance is more than enough allot more than enough. Noise isn't an issue but its nice not to have my desk vibrating when its on also I like the powermac because it is expandable, allot more expandable then a mac mini.

Rob Jul 14th, 2011 10:20 PM

The G5 only has two standard hard drive bays (SATA), and one optical drive bay. Not really that great for internal expandability.

It's super quiet though, and the prices are reasonable now.

preformalover Jul 14th, 2011 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rob (Post 1112073)
The G5 only has two standard hard drive bays (SATA), and one optical drive bay. Not really that great for internal expandability.

It's super quiet though, and the prices are reasonable now.

Well 2 sata hard drives is all I need, but it does have expandable graphics,as well as other pci and pci-x (Depending on which model) upgrade possibilities, and ram is cheap being a few generations back, I guess I sort of did not ask the right question what I should of asked is can it run leopard server and how well?

pm-r Jul 15th, 2011 02:46 AM

Going on the 'Debating on buying a powermac G5' topic alone, I personally wouldn't even GIVE a friend or anyone a still 'working' G5 IF I had one to give them, unless they liked to tinker and fix and didn't need anything actually reliable!! They had to be one of the worst series of Macs Apple ever released.

I've even seen G4's, 1GHz and above towers out preform most G5's and were MUCH more reliable and available at a much lower cost, depending on your needs. But I sure couldn't recommend buying ANY G5 IMHO if you need something more reliable and don't like to tinker.

preformalover Jul 15th, 2011 03:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pm-r (Post 1112094)
Going on the 'Debating on buying a powermac G5' topic alone, I personally wouldn't even GIVE a friend or anyone a still 'working' G5 IF I had one to give them, unless they liked to tinker and fix and didn't need anything actually reliable!! They had to be one of the worst series of Macs Apple ever released.

I've even seen G4's, 1GHz and above towers out preform most G5's and were MUCH more reliable and available at a much lower cost, depending on your needs. But I sure couldn't recommend buying ANY G5 IMHO if you need something more reliable and don't like to tinker.

Well I actually want to get this because I never have had the opportunity to use let alone play with a G5, and in brutal honesty toward myself I want in just because it looks like a mac pro.

Niteshooter Jul 15th, 2011 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by preformalover (Post 1112074)
Well 2 sata hard drives is all I need, but it does have expandable graphics,as well as other pci and pci-x (Depending on which model) upgrade possibilities, and ram is cheap being a few generations back, I guess I sort of did not ask the right question what I should of asked is can it run leopard server and how well?

I have two G5's and actually ram isn't as cheap as you think plus it's getting harder to come by. Also do you have Leopard server? It wasn't cheap while a Mac Mini server would basically cost the same as just the sw and you nearly got the hardware for free.

I would really wait and see what the much rumored Mac Mini upgrade will bring and pricing of the app store upgrade to Lion server.


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