[rescue] Looking for a Quad G5

Zachary Giles zgiles at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 18:58:46 CDT 2011

in the dumpster. *tear* wow.. that's sad.

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM, Toby Thain <toby at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
> On 12/09/11 12:58 PM, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
>> POWER5 is two generations old at this point.  Under $1k for a p520 off
>> of ebay, at least $1k is more that I've been able to make selling them
>> on eBay.
>> If you want a loud server-class machine, spend maybe $500 on an old IBM
>> bladecenter E with a switch module, and about $4k will get you a brand
>> new POWER-6 blade...
>> Pat
>> On Monday 12 September 2011, Zachary Giles wrote:
>>> Pat,
>>> Where does one get a POWER5 or POWER6 box these days? I've actually
>>> wanted one in the recent past but am not interested in paying 20,000
>>> for a new one from IBM.
>>> Ian,
>>> Unixsurplus.com has G5's for ~$200. I don't know if they have them
>>> online, but they have them in the store and they ship. Might be worth
>>> calling in. I was tempted by them. They're not Quad, but they might
>>> know where to get one.
> This past 2 weeks I've found 2 working dual G5s in the dumpster at work.
> Rescued, of course; but if they're throwing them out here, keep a close
> eye around Mac studios elsewhere. The compatibility break with 10.5 (and
> iOS development) will have put quite a few on the kerb.
> Great machines, with a long working life ahead, if maintained properly
> (I put an SSD in mine).
> --Toby
>>> -Zach
>>> On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 8:21 AM, Patrick Finnegan
>>> <pat at computer-refuge.org> wrote:
>>>> On Monday 12 September 2011, Mr Ian Primus wrote:
>>>>> Well, I've managed to get a bit backed into the corner with
>>>>> computer problems, even my trusty dual G4 Mac is failing me.
>>>>> Random crashes, and odd lockups... I think after all these years
>>>>> the motherboard is starting to act up on me.
>>>>> So, I'm looking to upgrade. As a hardware geek, the PowerPC
>>>>> architecture is something I really like, so I'm going after the
>>>>> biggest baddest PowerPC Mac. The Quad G5.
>>>>> So, does anyone have a Quad G5 in good condition they'd be willing
>>>>> to sell? I'm a bit leery buying one from one of the random online
>>>>> resellers, especially because of the liquid cooling system on
>>>>> these critters. I'd feel a lot more comfortable buying from a
>>>>> fellow hardware geek.
>>>>> (And yes, I realize that Apple has moved away from Intel and that
>>>>> the PowerPC is a dead platform with zero software future. It
>>>>> doesn't stop me from enjoying it.)
>>>> Why not just get a POWER5 or POWER6 box instead? They are PowerPC
>>>> too...
>>>> Plus, they run Linux pretty well. ;-)
>>>> Pat
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