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    Tanner31593's Avatar
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    Jan 28, 2007
    powermac g4 or imac g3???
    Im buying another mac,

    and i just have a question

    im looking around, im on a pretty tight budget ((i dont want to spend more than $120)) for a pretty low end mac.

    lets say im looking at a powermac g4 400mhz, 20gb hd, mac os 10.4, 256mb ram,
    and an imac g3, 500mhz, 20gb hd, mac os 10.4, 256 mb ram,

    should i go for the imac or powermac????

    i guess my general question is,

    if theres an imac with a higer cpu speed than a powermac,
    with everything else identical,
    should i opt for the imac or the powermac?????

    and sort of another question,

    my sisters a student at ivy tech, i think her major is graphic design im not sure.
    she takes a powerpoint class, and uses adobe, and word, among others.

    would there be a significant advantage to buying her an imac g3 or powermac g3 (or maybe a lowerend g4)??????

    Does anyone know where to get a great deal on g3 and g4 macs??????


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    D3v1L80Y's Avatar
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    Feb 02, 2004
    Go with the G4. Forget the clock speeds, just go for the proc type.
    Make sure that wherever you end up getting the computer from, that you get the original, restore/install discs with it.
    Don't let someone give you a copy, knock off or other fascimile. Get the real discs. If they cannot provide you with those, then they are less likely to be legit or knowledgeable when it comes to what they are selling.
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    dadsgravy's Avatar
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    Jul 19, 2006
    Astoria, Or
    you won't get any os disc from most of these sites, but here they are in case you want to look around.

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    Jonnyfive's Avatar
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    Jun 02, 2006
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Great list of sites. I found dealmac to be the best.
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    ibookclamman300's Avatar
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    Jan 14, 2007
    chattanooga, tn
    i would save up for a bit then buy a better powermac g4.
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    Jonnyfive's Avatar
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    Jun 02, 2006
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    G4 all the way! Will kick the crap out of a G3.
    Buy some ram for the G4, give it a gig or more and it will be flying!
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    mikeyman's Avatar
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    Feb 01, 2007
    I got a G4 the other day... its nothing im comparison to the intel macs but its still pretty quick

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    wicker_man's Avatar
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    Mar 15, 2006
    Caught somewhere in time...
    I've found my G4 450MHz Cube to be noticably faster than my G3 400MHz iMac.

    It might be due to the better video card (ATi Rage128 to GeForce 2mx), but it runs smoother with the visual effects etc.
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