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dm33186
Sep 11, 2003, 10:57 PM
I've used pcs all my life from about age 5 until now at 17. I work at a local computer store (pc) and im gettign my a+. recently my school got a new mac lab consiting of studio displays and g4 1.0ghz towers. I fell in love with os x upon first using it. It was at this point i went to the local used computer store and bought a 400mhz b&w g3. So far im loving it. my pc has not been on since tuesday :)

My only regret is not waiting af ew more months and buying a new, faster mac, but hey this is one heck of a start for 200 bucks with almost 600mb of ram :)

bousozoku
Sep 11, 2003, 11:08 PM
I have had a B&W G3/400 for 4 years now and it's been really good to me. I just upgraded it to a G3/800 and it's gonna last a while longer.

It's now slightly faster than my dual G4/800 (one processor at a time) at some things. :)

Hope you enjoy it. It's not likely to have trouble. Remember to fill it up with good RAM for best Mac OS X performance.

dm33186
Sep 11, 2003, 11:46 PM
id love to fill it up with 1024 of cl2 memory but money is really tight, it came with 128 and i was able to pawn 384 off a friend and snagged an old 64mb stick from work that we had donated to us. can the b&w run at 133 or is it 100...i thought i read it was 100, if its 133 i think id take the 64mb stick out.

yeah after looking at the motherboard for this it seems soo much different than a pc board..mainly no capacators.

If you dont mind me asking where did you get the 800mhz upgrade card and how much was it. i think thatm ight be my next step after a 7200rpm hard drive (that is actually in a different machine of mine right now)

PowerBook User
Sep 12, 2003, 01:57 AM
The B&W G3's are nice computers. $200 is a good deal for such a nice Mac. You can find all kinds of upgrades at www.fastermacs.com (http://www.fastermacs.com) . They have processor upgrades, RAM, hard drives, video cards, etc. Their prices seem pretty good. The 800 MHz G3 upgrade is probably the PowerLogix PowerForce G3/800MHz. At fastermacs.com it sells for $229 new (with a 2 year warranty).

Jerry Spoon
Sep 12, 2003, 03:10 AM
$200 is a great price for a starter that you can upgrade the heck out of if you want to. When you're ready you should have saved plenty of $$$ to get a new mac.