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Hi everyone
I'm new to here so please be gentle!!
I'm wondering if anyone can give me advice on buying a new imac second hand- the machine in question in a Apple iMac G5 - All-in-one - 1 x PPC G5 1.6 GHz - RAM 256 MB - HDD 1 x 80 GB - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - GF FX 5200 Ultra - Mdm - MacOS X 10.3 - Monitor : 17" TFT -from ebay currently on at 350.
I have been using my e-mac for the past five years and love it dearly but I wanted to introduce my ludite husband to Macs and was wondering if this was a good start??

Any tips would be greatly appreciated- like I said, I'm a mac lover but not that clued up on the technical spec of computers etc.
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Has he already got a PC laptop or desktop?
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yeah- he's got an ancient pc- but is always using my e-mac which is a pain because I'm a control freak who can't stand messy desktops!!
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I would guess that the last 10 minutes of bidding may put the price up a bit.

I would look at that bid but set a definate ceiling on what you are prepared to spend. If 350-400 quid is your budget, with patience and some canny last minute bidding (like in the last 5 minutes) you should be able to get a better machine

Intel core iMac

too impatient, you could get this one now or bid on it

Imac G5 £350

one for £300
another one


or consider a mac mini
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thanks for your advice - i am looking for a mac that burns dvds but for some reason the two on ebay at 300 and 350 do not i am wondering why- surely all imacs will burn dvds? what should i look for to make sure they do??? many thanks-

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It needs to have a "SuperDrive" do do that

I would keep an eye on that modern Intel one, you may be able to late bid and get that one for whatever your budget allows, if you lose the bid just keep your eye out for another
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that's great- just a quickie- do you thinks it's possible to add an external superdrive to one without in order to burn dvds?
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yes, but check here to make sure it is mac compatible

It would work better with an imac with usb 2 G5 and above
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cheers for all your help-
i got a last minute bid in in the intel one and got it for £400!
hopefully it should be here tomorow- fingers crossed!
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a bargain, well done

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