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    Is This A Good Deal?

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    Is This A Good Deal?
    Hey, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I'm looking to get my first Mac, and I'm on a budget and found a G4 for $300 with:
    Dual 867 MDD G4
    1.25 GB RAM (2 x 512 MB; 1 x 256 MB; 1 slot empty)
    Two 80 GB hard drives
    Two video cards:
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (supports Quartz Extreme; a bit noisier because it has a fan; currently installed)
    ATI Rage 128 Pro (Does not support Quartz Extreme; no fan, so it's quieter)
    4-port internal USB 2.0 PCI card
    Clean install of Mac OS X 10.2.3
    Is that a good deal? Thanks.

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    Is This A Good Deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakeupinflames View Post
    Hey, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I'm looking to get my first Mac, and I'm on a budget and found a G4 for $300 with:
    Dual 867 MDD G4
    1.25 GB RAM (2 x 512 MB; 1 x 256 MB; 1 slot empty)
    Two 80 GB hard drives
    Two video cards:
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (supports Quartz Extreme; a bit noisier because it has a fan; currently installed)
    ATI Rage 128 Pro (Does not support Quartz Extreme; no fan, so it's quieter)
    4-port internal USB 2.0 PCI card
    Clean install of Mac OS X 10.2.3
    Is that a good deal? Thanks.
    I think you could do better... But, I look at hardware value, and I know that PC's depreciate more than that of a Mac.

    Question-What will it be used for?

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    Is This A Good Deal?

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    I'd use it for surfing the web, listening to music, watching movies, and I've always wanted to use Garage Band. So do you think that I should go for it or keep looking?

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    It's an OK deal. It's not going to be very good for long. It's only running 10.2. 10.3 is pretty old these days. It won't handle HD content, otherwise it might be ok, just really slow.

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    Is This A Good Deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakeupinflames View Post
    I'd use it for surfing the web, listening to music, watching movies, and I've always wanted to use Garage Band. So do you think that I should go for it or keep looking?
    If you just want something for that... Step up about $200 and get a new Mini, it will last far longer than that. I use my Mini for everything but, of course not gaming or graphics work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTELligent View Post
    If you just want something for that... Step up about $200 and get a new Mini, it will last far longer than that. I use my Mini for everything but, of course not gaming or graphics work...
    You mean $300 plus tax, right? Minis are $600 new.

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883104030

    My bad, my bad... I must've been thinking about a refurb model...

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    Look for a 1.25DP MDD, and if possible the FW800 model. Max out the RAM over time and you will find it a lot better than the 867 because of faster system bus speed, faster spec memory etc.

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    Alright, thanks. You said that 10.2.3 is pretty old, what's the newest OS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakeupinflames View Post
    Alright, thanks. You said that 10.2.3 is pretty old, what's the newest OS?
    The newest OS is Leopard... 10.5.2

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    Way... way too many specs to list.
    10.5.4 actually
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    Got # ? phear the command line!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    10.5.4 actually
    Really? When did that happen?


    EDIT: Jeez, I am about two weeks off... I gotta start paying attn to more Apple news...

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    It's not that bad of a deal. This is a five or six year old computer, so there will always be better out there. But it should kick butt for what you want to do with it. You can run Leopard on this system but tiger would be best.

    If you bought the computer, you'd probably get two years of use out of it tops before this thing would be close to dead. Even if it's just a year, it's a year of messing around with apple and mac os x. For $300.

    I'm quite sure that in a year, you could still unload this for at least $150 easy. So, I think it's worth the money. Spend the $79 on tiger when you can and you'll have a sweet machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadsgravy View Post
    It's not that bad of a deal. This is a five or six year old computer, so there will always be better out there. But it should kick butt for what you want to do with it. You can run Leopard on this system but tiger would be best.

    If you bought the computer, you'd probably get two years of use out of it tops before this thing would be close to dead. Even if it's just a year, it's a year of messing around with apple and mac os x. For $300.

    I'm quite sure that in a year, you could still unload this for at least $150 easy. So, I think it's worth the money. Spend the $79 on tiger when you can and you'll have a sweet machine.
    Then he's $221 from a new PC that will last maybe 5yrs....

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    The mini and macbook are completely disposable products. In five years, they'll look more ridiculous than this 867mhz.

    You talking about USB 3.0, SSD hard drives, LED screens, lower power consumption processors, DDR 3 RAM, Dedicated graphics, Blu-Ray, etc etc.

    There's no way a mini bought now, will look as good as this old mac does six years later. My first gen macbook is two years old and I can't even run 64bit applications or install more than 2GB of RAM. Look how much apple has changed in two years.

    The mini is a good computer, but it is every bit as disposable as the 867mhz, and for $221 more.

    But hey, new, used, it doesn't matter. With Apple you have three choices. Go pro, go back to the store every three years, or stay behind technology.

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