View Full Version : PowerMac G4: Should I Buy?

Nov 20, 2008, 07:23 PM
Hey everyone,

Never make it over here because I'm not lucky enough to have a Mac Pro yet (keyword yet).

So, I have an opportunity to buy an old PowerMac G4. I'm pretty sure it's one of the original machines. I've been told it has VGA, 2 USB and 2 FW ports on it. It doesn't have any HDD or Memory in it, but those can't be too expensive these days. He said there are a couple brackets that are broke, but that its just a little cosmetic.

Price: $20.

Is this worth it? At least it would be fun to play with, right?

Nov 20, 2008, 07:53 PM
Sure, why not? Do you know what the specs are? I had G4 sawtooth for over 6 years, and it was great. I sold it to a co-worker who still uses it. They were great machines.

Nov 20, 2008, 08:00 PM
The machine is not going to be a power machine, but it will totally be a great computer for $20. Hard drives are cheap, but the memory can get expensive since it is no longer being made. Could have going down. It has been a while since I bought PC133 RAM.

There are also process card upgrades available for the G4s, though it is arguable it they are worth the investment.

Nov 20, 2008, 08:28 PM
Take it, and if you dont like it, ill grab it from you for $20 :D

Nov 21, 2008, 12:28 AM
Does it come with the disks for OS X? Without a hard drive you're going to need those or get ahold of some Tiger install disks at least - for me anything prior to that is just tough to work with now a days after having used more modern OS s. You can get PC133 2 x 256MB on Ebay for like $10 (I actually just sold some for that price plus $4.50 shipping) and 512MB around $10-15 per stick.

Nov 21, 2008, 12:31 AM
$20 is a good price for that for sure. Pick it up, and if you don't like it, use the case to build a Hackintosh in!