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    Which Power Mac G4?
    Sorry for a which mac should I get thread. I read the Sticky on this, and it didn't help much. I have been looking at a Mac for a while, and after talking to a friend who's a Mac user, I have decided to look at a Power Mac G4. I can't really afford any of the most rescent Macs except for maybe a mac mini, and I don't want that. My budget is around a thousand dollars maybe more, but I want to stay as far under that as possible, without sacrificing major performance. I've been looking at Power Mac G4s on ebay. I was looking at ones that are dual 800mhz and dual 1ghz. Mainly I will use this for web browsing, e-mail, web design, graphics, maybe some video editing. I'm going off to college in 3 years, so I would want this to last until then hopefully. What model would you recommend that can run tiger and other recent software without any problems? BTW I'll get at least 1 gig of ram to put in it, and an ati 9700 pro that I have sitting around.

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    Which Power Mac G4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSand
    an ati 9700 pro that I have sitting around.

    PC Video cards don't work in Apple systems.

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    Which Power Mac G4?
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    The 800mhz will be fine for email web browsing ect. Depending on how "heavy" of video editing you plan on doing then I would get the 1Ghz.

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    look at a refub iMac G5 under apple sales link

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....9.1.5.1.0.5.0
    or a G5 PowerMac 1299( a little high but worth it)
    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....5.1.5.1.0.5.0

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    yeah..i would get a refurb or used(ebay) imac g5 and upgrade it yourself. its incredibly easy to add ram as i did to my new one. i use mine for the same things and its perfect.

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    JSand
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    I have looked at imac g5s. I want a tower though for the expandability, so I don't think I'll get an imac. I want the pci slots that a power mac has.

    Would a dual 1 ghz g4 with 1 or 1.5 gigs of ram suit my needs for some basic video editing and graphics work?

    As for the refurbed g5 with a single 1.8 ghz processor. That could be an option maybe. How would that compare to a dual 1ghz g4?

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    really depends on the video editing you are going to be doing how powerful of a proccessor you are going to need.

    iMovie - You can get the mini and it will be fine
    Final Cut Express - the 800mhz powermac g4 should be fine
    Final Cut Pro 3/4 - Dual 1.0 /1.2 ghz power mac G4 or a iMac G5
    Final Cut Pro 4.5/5 - low end Dual Proccessor G5 for basic.. higher end if you are going to be using motion and dvd studio pro and soundtrack along with final cut.
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    Well I made my decision and bought a dual 1.25 ghz 1.5 gigs of ram power mac g4 mdd. I can't wait to get it.

    Thanks for the help.

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