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jeff111
Nov 24, 2002, 08:59 PM
Has anybody heard about the noise that the new duel processor 867 MHz G4 makes when in use?
I'm just about to purchase it but am thinking that i should blow another $800 to get the 1 GHz because of this buzzing sound tht the 867 makes.
Anyone have any insight into this problem?

AssassinOfGates
Nov 24, 2002, 09:09 PM
The two are using the same fans, shouldn't make a diff. Im using a dual 867 right now, and all i ever hear ('tis on the floor) is a low hum. Nothing to worry about, tho i do hear some machines become a bit whiney, but the games or iTunes drown it out. If you dont need the extra MHz, just get the 867. Great deal and i love the damn thing.

jeff111
Nov 24, 2002, 09:18 PM
Thanks assassin,
I read on some fourm that many people have been complaining about the noise.
I llike your answer though because it'll save me $800.

Nipsy
Nov 24, 2002, 09:34 PM
This generation is noisy across the board...

Also, the 867 can be software overclocked to 1GHz, if you are daring.

That, combined with the price point (the extra $800 buys 2GB of RAM, a SuperDrive [not from Apple], and a nice dinner for 2) make the 867 the value leader in the PMac line.

theranch
Nov 24, 2002, 09:56 PM
I'm in the market for a new machine and I'm leaning towards the dp 1ghz because of the superdrive. The price difference (as of today) offered by macmall.com isn't as high as $800. You can get a great deal on the dp 1ghz w/712mb ram for just under $2500. Compare that to the base model and I think the extra 20gb hd space, the speed and the superdrive easily could make you bump up in models.

I don't need the extra speed but want a superdrive so that is why I'm leaning towards the dp 1ghz model.
That's just my 2 cents though.

theranch
Nov 24, 2002, 10:05 PM
My bad...the price difference is almost $800 between the base dp G4 and the 1ghz dp G4. The deal I was looking at is below...

The price and features are...
Computer - POWER MAC DUAL 1GHZ 256MB RAM SUPERDRIVE FREE 512MB RAM_
Dual 1GHz PowerPC G4, 768MB After Free Memory, 80GB Ultra ATA Drive, SuperDrive, 56K Modem, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro, NIC, 4 USB, 2 FireWire, Mac OS X *39.99 Installation Fee.Click Here for Memory Upgrades
Part #:590880 _ _ $2,460.49 each

Pretty nice deal but the base model is also a great deal at $1684 w/ free 512mb of ram. It's crazy what they are giving away these days to sell systems.

Nipsy
Nov 24, 2002, 10:20 PM
The Dual 867 can be had refurbed for $1500 (apple.com).

4 512MB DIMMs should cost about $4-500 (macsolutions.com).

SuperDrive 2x (Apple's model) is $238 (pricewatch.com), and SuperDrive 4x is $285 (pricewatch.com).

So, you can have a Dual 867 with stock RAM and a 2x SuperDrive for $1738

You can have a Dual 867 with Stock RAM and a 4x SuperDrive for $1785

Full RAM is $2138 (2x), or $2185 (4x). This does not include any promo RAM.

Spend $140 on a 120GB drive, and you're still way ahead of the game.

That's a chunk 'o savings...

theranch
Nov 24, 2002, 10:23 PM
Nipsy...good info! I was wondering if and where to look for the superdrive to install myself.

AssassinOfGates
Nov 25, 2002, 10:55 AM
If you do get the 867 and are looking to burn video dvds without DVD Studio Pro, then make sure you buy Apple's model online, as externals cannot use iDVD. I got the thing for an additional $188 through education discount. The only disadvantage is slower CD burn speeds.

theranch
Nov 25, 2002, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by AssassinOfGates
If you do get the 867 and are looking to burn video dvds without DVD Studio Pro, then make sure you buy Apple's model online, as externals cannot use iDVD. I got the thing for an additional $188 through education discount. The only disadvantage is slower CD burn speeds. w
We're not talking about external DVD burners, we're talking about the internal drive.