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wantamac 03-30-2006 04:11 PM

Buying a Refurb mac - Advice please!

i recently got an iMac G5 (iSight Edition) and im looking in to a second mac. So im going to get a refurb desktop, and when an intel iBook is launched ill get one of those as well. Basically im torn between two options for the desktop! Should i get a 350 Mhz iMac G3 or a 350 Mhz Powermac G3? The powermac comes with OS 9 and the iMac comes with Panther. I don't want to install tiger on either as it takes up way to much space and might run very slow. The question i have is are they going to be dog slow using panther? im only using it for listening to music and surfin the web. My imac will be my main Comp but the refurb can just store music on the network i have. Here are the specs:

iMac G3 @ 350 Mhz
256 Mb RAM
10 Gig Hard drive
Slot Loading CD Drive.

Bondi - 99 inc Delivery

Powermac G3 @ 350 Mhz
128 MB Ram
6 Gig Hard drive
CD Drive.

Blue and White, 80 inc Delivery.

Spec wise the iMac looks better, but the powermac is more upgradable. On the other hand the powermac will need a display and obviously need the parts to upgrade it. Do you think the iMac will be ok running panther and light tasks?



dtravis7 03-30-2006 04:14 PM

As long as you have a monitor for the B&W I would for sure say go with it. You can easily upgrade it. You need more RAM though on either machine for Panther to run smooth. 512 megs for the B&W is easy to find and install.

lil 03-30-2006 05:02 PM

I am writing a book right this moment on a buyer's guide to Macs (along with a second book for once you have made the 'switch').

I only wish it was out in good time for you.

The Blue & White G3 will definitely be the better route for you.


coach_z 03-31-2006 12:53 PM

i would see if you can maye fid a 450 b&w, a few bucks more but i think well worth the price.....unless you plan on upgrading processors etc.etc.etc.

maz94protege 03-31-2006 03:53 PM

Id get a refurb mac from or

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