|Only the Intel-based G5 chipset and motherboard will run both OS-X Snow Leopard and Windows XP. |
There is no "Intel based G5"(are you simply referring to the case design?). Please understand that the last thing "Macintosh" in the Macintosh line after Apple went to UNIX was the hardware. When Steve Jobs pushed Apple to leave the PPC world, the mac became nothing more than a gloried PC. A modern day "Macintosh" is nothing more than a cheaply built x86 PC running Apples version of BSD UNIX (Mac OS-X) in a shinny case. It would be better and less sinful to keep your G5 unmolested, and either sell it, or store it. Then build yourself an inexpensive PC and load Mac OS X on it. Get it?
It frosts me that I have to abandon the entire CPU and case because the motherboard and associated guts can't be upgraded like a PC.
Three things here. 1. This is because Steve Jobs likes to change the design at every release. He places aesthetics above anything else, this is one part of the reason why he was FIRED from Apple in the 80's 2. All through the mid 80's (after Steve left) and up until he came back around '97, almost every mac had a hardware upgrade path and expandability. This is why I run a 9600 that started out as a 350mhz 604e, and is now a 1Ghz G4 (expandability). 3. Steve will only make this worse as time goes on and every year he expects mac users to simply throw out their computer and buy a new one, if you want to have an upgrade path, build yourself a simple desktop PC and load OS-X on it. That way you won't be kicking yourself in the butt later on for buying an over priced PC clone with an Apple sticker on it that is obsolete after a few months. Simple as that.
PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
ATi 9200 PCI