iMac G5 Upgrades

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This page covers all the upgrades we sell for Apple iMacs with a PowerPC G5 processor, made between 2004 - 2006. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below.(Not the right Mac? See here for more iMacs, or here for all Macs.)

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History

Announced in August 2004, the iMac G5 brought the G5 processor to Apples consumer level ("i" series) machines.

A radical redesign centered around a 17" or 20" TFT on a perfectly formed arm. The TFT casing contains the workings of the iMac, which can be accessed by removing the back of the unit.

This iMac is the only Apple to use the G5 processor, apart from the PowerMac G5, although the clock speed is kept down due to this CPU's large thermal output.

The unit has a slot loading Combo or SuperDrive located on the top right of the unit.

The first iMacs with G5 processors were released August 2004, Apple specs here.

In May 2005 a speed bumped range with an ambient light sensor was released. Apple specs here.

The last, and most important, revision came in October 2005. This model added an iSight camera, changed to DDR2 RAM, and the case was changed in such a way as to make accessing the hard drive considerably more difficult. Apple specs here.

How to Identify these Machines

The iMac G5 is very distinctive. The only machines that look similar are the later Intel based iMacs. To tell the difference between the G5 and Intel iMacs, open System Profiler and check the CPU type.

Regarding upgrades, there is one important difference between revisions of the G5 iMac - models released after October 2005 (1.9 and 2.1GHz with built-in iSight camera) use DDR2 RAM. Earlier models (1.6GHz, 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz with no camera) use DDR RAM.

The earlier machines are also make it much much easier to open the machine. This makes fitting a new hard drive much easier in the older models.

If you are still unsure you can contact us on 01223 833 412 or by email for confirmation. If you want to upgrade but aren't happy to install your upgrades then we can help. Simply ask our engineers for further details.

Memory Upgrades

The original iMac G5 (without the iSight camera) accepts up to 2GB of Memory in 2 sockets (2 x 1GB Modules). The Memory is DDR 184pin DIMMS.

The 1.9Ghz and 2.1Ghz iMac G5 models (with the built-in iSight camera) have 512MB soldered onto the logic board, and one slot which can take up to a 2GB module. These iMacs use PC4200 DDR2 memory.

Memory is very much a user installable part on the G5 iMac.

INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an iMac (excludes 21.5in Late 2012 and later)Stock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)
Integral DDR2 PC4200 DIMM - 1GBStock: Special Order£12.54 + vat (£15.05)1
Integral DDR2 PC4200 DIMM - 2GBStock: Special Order£27.81 + vat (£33.37)1
Refurb DDR2-PC4200 DIMM - 1GBStock: Available£15.02 + vat (£18.02)1
Integral DDR-PC3200 1GB 184PIN DIMMStock: Special Order£29.85 + vat (£35.82)2
Refurb DDR-PC3200 DIMM - 512MBStock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)2
1Compatible with the 1.9GHz and 2.1 GHz iMac G5s only (with built-in iSight camera).
2Compatible with the 1.6GHz, 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz iMac G5s only (without built-in iSight camera).

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 2 / 5 - Easy

Turn off machine and lie it face down on a soft cloth to prevent scratching.

On the earlier models without the built-in iSight camera, all you have to do is unscrew the partial screws on the bottom end of the iMac. Then the whole back housing and stand comes off.

Apple's own instructions for changing components in non-iSight iMac G5s can be found here.

On the models with the iSight camera, there is an access panel which allows you to access the RAM slots. Apple instructions here.

If you are unsure on how to carry out this procedure our engineers can help. Call on 01223 833412 or email.

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

The iMac G5 came equipped with a Combo or SuperDrive optical drive, which is a slot loading unit on the side of the machine.

MacUpgrades sells an internal SuperDrive part for this Mac. It is also possible to use an External writer via USB 2.0 or FireWire (FireWire will be able to boot this Mac, USB 2.0 cannot).

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in an iMac, eMac or pre 2009 Mac MiniStock: Available£49.00 + vat (£58.80)
REFURB 8x Internal DVDRW for Al PowerBook, iBook G4, G4 Cube, iMac G5 or Intel, Mac Mini and MacBook ProStock: Available£49.00 + vat (£58.80)
OWC Slim 6x Portable Blu-Ray Burner, Bus-Powered - Blu Ray, DL DVD+/-RW, CD RW/RStock: Available£104.87 + vat (£125.84)1
1Blu-Ray is not fully supported in OSX. Disks can be mounted and read, but movie playback requires third party software.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3/5 - Relatively easy (non-iSight models only)

The first iMac G5s were designed for easy access, and replacing the optical drive is simple. For models with the iSight camera, we recommend professional installation.

For the non-iSight models, lie the machine face down on a soft cloth to prevent scratching.

All you have to do is unscrew the partial screws on the bottom end of the iMac, then the whole back housing and stand come off. The optical drive can be removed and replaced easily.

Apple's own instructions for changing components in non-iSight iMac G5s can be found here.

If you are unsure on how to carry out this procedure our engineers can help. Call on 01223 833412 or email.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

The internal hard drive in the iMac G5 can be upgraded to a larger volume. Please note that fitting a hard drive will invalidate any remaining warranty on these machines unless you get an Authorised Apple Service Centre to fit the unit.

If you don't want to fit a new hard drive yourself, you can take advantage of the MacUpgrades Installation Service. Add the installation service from the list below to your cart along with your chosen hard drive. We can also clone your existing hard drive onto the new one, simply add the Clone Original Hard Drive service below to your cart.

Once you have booked the service, send your machine to us, we will carry out the work and return it to you. Alternatively, we do offer a Collection Service with our courier, please see here for details.

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Drive in an eMac or Mac mini or PowerPC iMacStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Fit Customer Supplied PartStock: Available£17.50 + vat (£21.00)

3.5in Hard Drives

Seagate Barracuda SATA 600 500GB 7200RPM 16MBStock: Available£45.47 + vat (£54.56)1
Seagate Barracuda SATA 600 1TB 7200RPM 32MBStock: Available£47.21 + vat (£56.65)1
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM SATA 600 2TB 7200RPM 64MBStock: Available£64.22 + vat (£77.06)1

HDD Mounts for Optical Bay

Optical Drive Bay 2.5" Hard Drive Caddy IDE - SATA for 12.5mm DrivesStock: Available£19.00 + vat (£22.80)
1User installation recommended for non-iSight models only.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3 /5 - Relatively easy (non-iSight models only)

The first iMac G5s were designed for easy access, and replacing the hard drive is simple. For models with the iSight camera, we recommend professional installation.

For the non-iSight models, lie the machine face down on a soft cloth to prevent scratching.

All you have to do is unscrew the partial screws on the bottom end of the iMac, then the whole back housing and stand come off. The hard drive can be removed and replaced easily.

Apple's own instructions for changing components in non-iSight iMac G5s can be found here.

If you are unsure on how to carry out this procedure our engineers can help. Call on 01223 833412 or email.

Graphics Cards and Displays

The graphics card in your iMac G5 is part of the main logic board. Unfortunately therefore it is not possible to increase or change the graphics card.

There are no graphics card upgrades available for these Macs

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your iMac G5 has no available PCMCIA or PCI sockets for connectivity expansion. It does have a slot for an Airport Extreme wireless card - on all apart from the first generation iMac G5 (ones without an ambient light sensor or iSight camera) the Airport Extreme card was fitted as standard.

INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Card in a Desktop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
Apple Airport Extreme Card (refurb)Stock: Special Order£19.00 + vat (£22.80)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 2 / 5 - Fairly Easy (non iSight models only)

Remove the back of the iMac, connect the antenna and insert the Airport card into its slot.

For detailed instructions, please refer to this Apple pdf - please note that this is only for non-iSight camera models only.

Keyboards & Mice

The following keyboards and mice are compatible with this Mac.

Trust 3 button USB Optical MouseStock: Available£6.75 + vat (£8.10)

Power Supplies & Batteries

Listed below are power supplies, batteries and related products we supply for this Mac.

INSTALL SERVICE - Power Supply for iMac G5 (non-iSight)Stock: Special Order£19.00 + vat (£22.80)1
Power Supply for iMac G5 (non-iSight) - EXCHANGE PARTStock: Special Order£80.00 + vat (£96.00)2
INSTALL SERVICE AND PARTS - Power Supply for iMac G5 (iSight)Stock: Available£105.00 + vat (£126.00)3
3V Coin Cell Lithium PRAM/Clock BatteryStock: Available£4.00 + vat (£4.80)
1Compatible with the 1.6GHz, 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz iMac G5s only (without built-in iSight camera).
2Compatible with the 1.6GHz, 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz iMac G5s only (without built-in iSight camera). This is an EXCHANGE PART. Please see the product page for full details.
3Compatible with the 1.9GHz and 2.1 GHz iMac G5s only (with built-in iSight camera).

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Cables & Tools

Listed below are power cables, tools and related products we supply for this Mac.

Cables & Adaptors

USB 2 to 2.5in SATA Drive Cable (for accessing a 2.5in SATA drive via USB)Stock: Available£6.49 + vat (£7.79)1
FireWire 400 - 800 Adaptor Cable M/M (6pin - 9pin) 6 ftStock: Available£11.00 + vat (£13.20)

Tools

Torx Screwdriver Set - 20mm T6 T7 T8 T9 T10Stock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Screwdriver Set - 20mm Phillips #00, #0, #1 - Flat 1.4mm, 1.8mm, 2.4mmStock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Anti Static Wrist StrapStock: Available£7.50 + vat (£9.00)
1Cannot be used to boot this Mac.

External Drives & Enclosures

This Mac can use any of the following external hard drives.

Docking Stations

3.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 Enclosure for 3.5in SATA DrivesStock: Available£32.87 + vat (£39.44)1

2.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 (USB 2 compatible) Enclosure for 2.5in SATA Drive with UASPStock: Available£19.02 + vat (£22.82)1
1Cannot be used to boot this Mac.

Complete Machines - Refurbished

Any complete machines of this type or similar that we have for sale are listed here. Please note that these are refurbished models with a 3 month warranty, and that delivery is likely to take 3 - 5 working days. These can be purchased online with the standard website courier delivery charge for the mainland UK only. Please contact us for a quote on shipping to other areas.

There are none available.

Repair Services for this Mac

Here are the various repair services we offer for this Mac. You can have us take the machine in for evaluation, or book a fixed-price repair if you already know what the fault is and the service is listed below (for services without parts, please see the relevant tab on this page for compatible parts that we sell). If you know what the fault is, but we don't have a fixed-price repair listed below, please contact us for a quote.

Evaluation Services

Mac Repair - Evaluation ServiceStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)

Installation Services (parts included)

INSTALL SERVICE AND PARTS - Power Supply for iMac G5 (iSight)Stock: Available£105.00 + vat (£126.00)1

Installation Services (parts not included)

Collection ServiceStock: Available£24.68 + vat (£29.62)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal Drive in an eMac or Mac mini or PowerPC iMacStock: Available£29.00 + vat (£34.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Clone Original Internal DriveStock: Available£25.00 + vat (£30.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an iMac (excludes 21.5in Late 2012 and later)Stock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Card in a Desktop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in an iMac, eMac or pre 2009 Mac MiniStock: Available£49.00 + vat (£58.80)
INSTALL SERVICE - Power Supply for iMac G5 (non-iSight)Stock: Special Order£19.00 + vat (£22.80)2
1Compatible with the 1.9GHz and 2.1 GHz iMac G5s only (with built-in iSight camera).
2Compatible with the 1.6GHz, 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz iMac G5s only (without built-in iSight camera).