Is it worth it to upgrade to 10.4 or 10.5?

I got a hand-me-down G5 for free. I want to have it on hand for the kids to use for homework, etc., but don't really care if it has the latest gaming capabilities or any of that stuff. I would like to load iWork '08 onto it (I already have the iWork disks.)

Right now the G5 has 512 MB DDR SDRAM. I understand that I could upgrade to 2 gigs on this machine. I also understand that we'll need to buy the upgrade disks to go from OS 10.3 to either 10.4 or 10.5.

My question is: Is it worth it to pay to do these upgrades? Since the computer didn't cost me anything, I'd only be sinking in whatever it takes to update it. What do you think?

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Hi, 512 MB should run 10.3 without problem. The newer the operating system the more memory is required. For the purpose you describe (homework/research on the net) 10.3 should be adequate but you will not be able to run the newer versions of many browsers. If I were to upgrade anything right now it would be memory--up to 1GB. Enjoy your new unit. Ralph

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Rereading your post I've done some further research and find the requirements for iWork 08 include OS 10.4--512 MB ram but 1 GB recommended. I have included the spec sheet from Apple for you. Ralph

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3879

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For what you have in it, I would take it to 10.5. It's really going to be a handicap to the kids if they're using the web. I do agree aout upgrading the RAM.

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I would agree -- go to 10.5. Surprisingly it will be less expensive than going to 10.4. Ralph

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You would need a RETAIL full install disk to go to 10.5 skipping 10.4. I would be very careful about buying on ebay as there are many copies for sale that the sellers either don't know what they have. Ralph

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