The Most Expensive, High Tech Desktop Computer

Ed Steele December 5, 2005 12

On a lark, I went out to the Apple Store and priced the most expensive G5 Desktop on the planet. So what will $23,857.00 get you nowadays? Everything, and the kitchen sink from Apple buys you a 2.5Ghz Quad-core PowerPC G5 with 16GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage, Quadro FX 4500 graphics card with 512MB of memory, 16X dual-layer Superdrive, and two 30″ Apple Cinema HD displays. Important to note: shipping on your new car desktop is free. Full specs after the jump.

The Most Expensive Desktop Computer
Apple 2.5GHz Quad-core PowerPC G5


  • 2.5GHz Quad-core PowerPC G5
  • 16GB 533 DDR2 ECC SDRAM- 8x2GB
  • 2x500GB Serial ATA – 7200rpm
  • QUADRO FX 4500 512MB SDRAM
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (30″ flat panel)
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (30″ flat panel)
  • AirPort Extreme + Bluetooth built-in
  • Apple USB Modem
  • 16x SuperDrive DL (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Fibre Channel PCI Express Card (w/ SFP-SFP cable)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard & Mouse – U.S. English
  • Mac OS X – U.S. English
  • iWork ’05 preinstalled
  • Accessory kit
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for Power Mac (w/or w/o Display) – Auto-enroll

Apple Power Mac G5 Quad-core SuperDrive 2.5GHz

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  1. Brandon December 28, 2007 at 7:22 am -

    Brandon AVERSANO

  2. Maximus May 1, 2008 at 7:23 am -

    Bloody briliant, gimme, gimme. Still new with mac, but would have to save up for the rest of my life.

  3. khalid November 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm -

    i am crazy about them

  4. steve January 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm -


  5. jOs June 25, 2009 at 3:32 am -

    woah! this thing defeat alienware.

  6. yoyomandroid October 3, 2009 at 7:44 am -

    If only someone could give me that…..

  7. Karusune November 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm -

    I just love how for that price… you could actually build about 3 or 4 of the same computer as a PC using Windows… with a stronger processor.

  8. DJxRaven March 23, 2010 at 10:29 am -

    FAIL! i spent around $2,000.00 on my desktop and have better performance that this PoS. 32gb Ram, 8 TB HDD, AMD Opteurion 6core processor (4.0Ghz), and an ATI HD 5970 graphics card, with an ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard. hahah what a total failure.

  9. npage April 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm -

    Well sounds like your paying for a couple of overpriced monitors and a really over rated machine (I built this machine “windows”, 4 yrs ago for around a $1000). Apple has a really big head.. Think again if you bought this, your not educated to even operate it : )

  10. jakethasnake919 April 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm -

    So you are saying 5 years later you were able to get a more powerful computer for a cheaper price? How is that not common sense? I am a huge Apple fan but I will say, anyone who spends that much money on a computer that will literally be out dated in a month has too much money. For that much money, You might as well just by the best iMac every time a new one comes out and you would still come out cheaper. But for those of you with your awesome PCs I am in college and people are constantly asking me to do things that are simple on a Mac because they would have to spend hundreds of dollars to get software to do the same thing on a PC. I have been using Macs for 10 years and have never had to power off my computer because it froze. So, it all depends on what you do with your computer and how efficient you want to be.

  11. DjDan April 19, 2010 at 5:59 am -

    Do any of you people realize that this was posted in 2005? lol. of course you can get a better computer for less today.