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Need advice on Power mac G5 2.3 dual core or 2.5 quad core for recording

Discussion in 'Computing' started by MellyMel707, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. MellyMel707

    MellyMel707 Active Member

    Hello recording gurus. I've decided to re-build my recording studio. I was initially a PC guy and decided to convert to a MAC. Due to financial setbacks, I'm limited to purchase an older mac. I've came across both a G5 dual 2.3 ghz, 250 gb, and 3.5 gb RAM for $180. Seller used the platform for mixing electronica music. He has pro tools and logic preinstalled. The second mac is a G5 quad 2.5 ghz, 4 gb RAM, 2 500 gb external hardrives, and a fresh install of pro tools LE. This bad boy is going for $350 (with a keyboard, and mouse).

    I probably won't upgrade to a higher end mac for a while. Is the 2.3 dual core sufficient, or should i fork over the extra money? any additional info would be appreciated. Thanks in advanced guys. Cheers!
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    I would not get it, the lowest spec Macs are much more powerful.

    Cannot run the current version of OSX.

    Here's a link to Logic multi-core benchmark test(Dead Link Removed)

    A macbook pro or Mac mini has more cpu power.

    The only way a G5 can compete is if it's equipped with a PT|Hd system.

  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    2nd all of that. Mac Mini is the best value for sure in the Mac world.
  4. MellyMel707

    MellyMel707 Active Member

    thank for the info guys. Unfortunately, I've already purchased the power mac g5. I plan to use this platform as a stepping stone to learn the ropes and practice recording techniques. If the passion grows and my skills and recording artists request my services, I'll invest in a bigger/stronger system. Thanks for the info. So far everything is running smooth (fingers crossed).
  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Software will be your biggest issue, look for apps, or plugins, that are Universal Binaries (contains installers for PPC and Intel CPUs), otherwise checkout Craig's list and eBay for used/older software.
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    My G5 is in the office simply because it wouldnt do higher track counts or more than a few plugs. Its a dual core 2.0. 5.5 gigs of ram and a 1ghz bus speed. I ran Protools 8 LE on it and it was quite slow and buggy. So it lives in the office where its a great computer still. Although in the last year, a lot of apps have new version that it wont run and that gets frustrating as most apps need the intel processors for Mac for any kind of decent upgrades. My flash player is so out of date it wont play most of the videos available these days, but I cant download a newer version simply because of the architecture of the machine.

    It IS a great typewriter though.

    I've got a UAD pci card if you want to buy it. Its the basic UAD1. Great plugs even then. It wont run on my newer Mac in the studio as its all pcie slots.
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Good info Dave. One of the reasons I push people toward newer machines.

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