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    Where can I find cheap Power Macs (any type?)

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    Where can I find cheap Power Macs (any type?)
    I've been searching for a cheap ($65-125) Power Mac. Doesn't matter if it's G3, G4.. etc. But I've found one on craigslist and some on amazon. But I decided I'd come here for suggestions. I've looked into Gainsaver, but they seem very, "not so customer oriented." Unless you can share some recent experiences..

    Just any sites you may now, pitch them. Thanks!

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    Craig's List is your best option (no shipping). I've gotten various Powermac G4's for as little as $25-$30 (450-733mhz models). You can find them pretty cheap on e-Bay as well (occasionally)...but the shipping is what "kills" e-Bay deals.

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    For best results with a G4 see if you can find a 1.42GHZ MDD, a 1.25GHz DP with Firewire 800. You will be able to run Leopard OS X.5.8 on either, the last operating system for G4's. You should have success within your price range.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Where can I find cheap Power Macs (any type?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Craig's List is your best option (no shipping). I've gotten various Powermac G4's for as little as $25-$30 (450-733mhz models). You can find them pretty cheap on e-Bay as well (occasionally)...but the shipping is what "kills" e-Bay deals.

    - Nick
    Yeah, I find some occasionally. But I live in a small hick town, most people around here don't even know what an Apple Computer is. But, every once a while I'll find one. I have found one G3 for 60 dollars but, no airport card. But ebay has those for cheaper. And as for ebay, you never know if the item is actually working like they say. :/


    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    For best results with a G4 see if you can find a 1.42GHZ MDD, a 1.25GHz DP with Firewire 800. You will be able to run Leopard OS X.5.8 on either, the last operating system for G4's. You should have success within your price range.
    I would of coarse rather get the g4, and I think the price range is good as well, but I'd need to save a bit more cash to get up to the higher G4s. Which is fine, I'm just anxious. And I may even save up more and more to get a G5. All depends on what I find. Thanks.

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    If you don't mind me asking: why would you want a G3 or G4 Powermac? Can't you find one of the earliest Macbooks or Mac minis for around that price nowadays?

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    Where can I find cheap Power Macs (any type?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    If you don't mind me asking: why would you want a G3 or G4 Powermac? Can't you find one of the earliest Macbooks or Mac minis for around that price nowadays?
    I have enough laptops. And, I really want a Desktop Macintosh. I'd LOVE to have the G5 or.. Mac pro, but the Mac pro is out of the question. I'm also interested in the previous macs anyway, it'd be cool to have, and I'd use it. And I've found some G5's on Ebay for around 160.

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    As a suggestion if you go the G5 route, avoid the early 1.6 and 1.8GHz models, and also the 2.7 DP and 2.5GHz Dual Core as both these models are liquid cooled which did present some leakage problems. The 2.3GHz Dual Core was the best of the G5, but the problem will be finding one within your budget.

    They came with faster memory and graphics, using PCI-E.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Where can I find cheap Power Macs (any type?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    As a suggestion if you go the G5 route, avoid the early 1.6 and 1.8GHz models, and also the 2.7 DP and 2.5GHz Dual Core as both these models are liquid cooled which did present some leakage problems. The 2.3GHz Dual Core was the best of the G5, but the problem will be finding one within your budget.

    They came with faster memory and graphics, using PCI-E.
    Really? I've never heard that. Hmm, I'll be cautious. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acrilyc View Post
    I have enough laptops. And, I really want a Desktop Macintosh. I'd LOVE to have the G5 or.. Mac pro, but the Mac pro is out of the question. I'm also interested in the previous macs anyway, it'd be cool to have, and I'd use it. And I've found some G5's on Ebay for around 160.
    So it's more of a collection thing than needing something to use?
    In that case, good luck!

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    Have you tried refuse tips ?

    Amazing things can be picked-up there..

    For Nothing !
    Live each day as it comes - it may be your last !?

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    Ok, maybe not as cheap as ebay or clist (ok, definitely not as cheap) :

    Shreve Systems 1-800-227-3971
    Wegener Media Powerbook Parts & Service
    New and Refurbished Apple / Mac Computers

    I've done business with all three companies and can recommend them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom View Post
    Ok, maybe not as cheap as ebay or clist (ok, definitely not as cheap) :

    Shreve Systems 1-800-227-3971
    Wegener Media Powerbook Parts & Service
    New and Refurbished Apple / Mac Computers


    I've done business with all three companies and can recommend them.
    Thanks, I'll look into them.

    Quote Originally Posted by pedropete View Post
    Have you tried refuse tips ?

    Amazing things can be picked-up there..

    For Nothing !
    Refuse Tips? I googled them and nothing came up. Link please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    So it's more of a collection thing than needing something to use?
    In that case, good luck!
    Yep, pretty much. Haha, I mean, I'll use it, but not for my every day computer.

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    Where can I find cheap Power Macs (any type?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    As a suggestion if you go the G5 route, avoid the early 1.6 and 1.8GHz models, and also the 2.7 DP and 2.5GHz Dual Core as both these models are liquid cooled which did present some leakage problems. The 2.3GHz Dual Core was the best of the G5, but the problem will be finding one within your budget.

    They came with faster memory and graphics, using PCI-E.
    Sorry for the double post, but, I found this on ebay, and asked if it is water cooled. And nope! What do you think?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_1160wt_1141

    I also found this.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/1-Apple-PowerMac...ht_4342wt_1141

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acrilyc View Post
    Refuse Tips? I googled them and nothing came up. Link please?
    Just a different term for trash bins or dumpsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acrilyc View Post
    Sorry for the double post, but, I found this on ebay, and asked if it is water cooled. And nope! What do you think?
    First link...didn't work.

    Second link...too much $$$.

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