I mentioned the other day that I was considering buying myself an iMac, to replace my current Mac Mini that is suffering from a lack of memory. The idea behind this was that it would work out cheaper than a full-blown Mac Pro, which would provide far more power than I would really need for my day-to-day work. Looking around on eBay proved that I might be able to stretch to a nice iMac, so all was looking tentatively rosy. Until my Dad left a comment, that is.

He recommended looking at a PowerMac G5, which isn’t brand new but would provide plenty of power and retain the ability to upgrade in the future. I was a little dubious to begin with, but a quick look at eBay showed that a typical PowerMac G5 was actually cheaper than a comparatively priced iMac. Tempting.

In fact, it wasn’t long before I realised I was looking at something I knew I was destined to purchase. A PowerMac from June 2004, with a dual 2GHz G5 (PPC) processor, 2.5GB RAM, two 160GB hard disks, Mac OS 10.5 ‘Leopard’, and a few pre-installed programs. Not only was this pretty much exactly what I was looking for, but it was cheaper than I had expected to find it. I looked at the photos. I checked some other listings. I came back and looked at the specs again. I checked my e-mails. I came back again and made sure it was still there. No amount of procrastination was going to change the fact that it was exactly what I wanted, at a price I could afford.

So I went downstairs to make myself a cup of tea.

At that point my wife told me off for procrastinating and told me to go and buy the computer before someone else did. So I did. The only snag in the process is that PayPal only allows me to pay for items up to £500 on their basic account – to purchase anything more expensive than that I need to pay them for the privilege. Grrr. So I’ve contacted the seller and I’m going to see if I can pay by cheque or bank transfer or something. Either way I’ve committed to buy it, so it’s technically mine, even if money hasn’t changed hands yet.

So, yay! I have a new computer set to arrive within the next few days! I get bucketloads of memory, stacks of hard disk space, and the joys of Leopard. My next challenge will be selling my cute Mac Mini, and preferably getting rid of the dead G3 under my desk too. Any takers? I’m guessing there will be more people interested in a working computer than a dead one…


Tim · 21 May 2008 at 10:39 am

I’ve used one of these for a couple of years now. They are superb, reliable and quick. Just don’t get it wet :o)

Tim · 21 May 2008 at 10:40 am

Drop me an email with a price for the Mini, I could do with upgrading my Daughters machine.

Anne-Marie · 21 May 2008 at 4:39 pm

Oh, Matthew, you made me snigger, and I’m at work as well. It was the cup of tea making procrastinating part followed by the telling off part, because I can just see that. Oh, nothing changes. 🙂

Matthew · 21 May 2008 at 5:25 pm

It’s good to know I have a positive effect on people. Sniggering at work is a must in today’s society, so I’m glad I’ve been able to adequately assist you in this task.

Phill · 22 May 2008 at 4:55 pm

I always like it when getting new computer equipment! I haven’t got any new stuff in ages, I feel left out.

The problem is, I can’t justify getting a new computer at the moment because it’s still running perfectly well!

Maybe I should settle on something a bit smaller. Like, um, a USB Missile Launcher! Excellent 😀

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