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Old Mar 11, 2003, 10:09 PM   #1
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Which 1.25 DP should I buy?

I'm ready to move up from my very slow and outdated imac G3 running 9.2. I've decided to get a 1.25 DP Powermac, but can't decide which is the better deal.
The OS 9 model is $500 more, but comes with an extra 256 mg of ram, 40gig bigger hard drive and a superdrive. The way I figure it, that comes to about $350 of extras. It also has 2 mg of L3 cache vs 1mg on the newer model. Is the L3 cache that big of a deal?
I'll be using it mainly for digital photography and iDVD.

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Old Mar 11, 2003, 10:44 PM   #2
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tough call, you already have a machien that runs os 9 so I assume all the OS9 things u might need can be done by the iMac. I would customize the new 1.25 and enjoy.
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Old Mar 11, 2003, 11:08 PM   #3
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What OS would you run most of your day-to-day apps in?

If cost is a concern there is a way to boot into 9 on the newer towers. You'll have to search the forums for that though.

L3 makes a difference in certain tasks like sound editing etc. I'm not sure of the effect it would have on digital photos or DVD burning.

Also, you could probably pick up a new 1.25Ghz machine (with 1MB L3 cache) at Macmall or Macwearhouse and get 256 or 512 MB RAM for a neligible install cost (i.e. $40). But since you are using iDVD I assume that you need the Superdrive. I also assume you are quoting directly from the Apple online store, correct?
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Old Mar 11, 2003, 11:25 PM   #4
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Yes, I did the comparison from the Apple store. Since ram is so cheap, I thought I would buy it after market and install it myself. Getting it free from the online stores seems like a crapshoot with all of the problems I've heard about. Also, after the $40 installation fee, it's not that great of a savings.

I'm going to use OSX on the new machine almost exclusively. My camera and printer are both Canon and they have been good about updating to OSX.

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What OS would you run most of your day-to-day apps in?

If cost is a concern there is a way to boot into 9 on the newer towers. You'll have to search the forums for that though.

L3 makes a difference in certain tasks like sound editing etc. I'm not sure of the effect it would have on digital photos or DVD burning.

Also, you could probably pick up a new 1.25Ghz machine (with 1MB L3 cache) at Macmall or Macwearhouse and get 256 or 512 MB RAM for a neligible install cost (i.e. $40). But since you are using iDVD I assume that you need the Superdrive. I also assume you are quoting directly from the Apple online store, correct?
are you sure about os 9 booting on the new powermacs. if it was that thread about the whole tinkertool thing and then copy a system folder from a cd, thats wrong. i already tried it and it didnt work. i honestly feel apple changed some hardware which makes it impossible to boot into os 9.

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Old Mar 12, 2003, 07:05 AM   #6
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Re: Which 1.25 DP should I buy?

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I'm ready to move up from my very slow and outdated imac G3 running 9.2. I've decided to get a 1.25 DP Powermac, but can't decide which is the better deal.
The OS 9 model is $500 more, but comes with an extra 256 mg of ram, 40gig bigger hard drive and a superdrive. The way I figure it, that comes to about $350 of extras. It also has 2 mg of L3 cache vs 1mg on the newer model. Is the L3 cache that big of a deal?
I'll be using it mainly for digital photography and iDVD.

Thanks
GOing with the larger L3 cache will speed things up, especially if you play with large images.

Getting a 512MB memory DIMM is a good idea since that allows you to go to maximum memory without replacing an existing DIMM.

As forthe price difference, if you don't need OS 9 support, the DP1.41 is only $300 difference for similarly configured computers and might last you lenough longer that the $300 difference is worth it.

Upgrading to a larger single harddrive and 512MB on the DIMM that comes with the machine are both worthwhile things no matter which speed system you get. Yes, third party add-ons are less expensive, however they become more expensive when you're removing hardware to make room for them.
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The new 1.25 that boots Mac OS X only will run your Mac OS 9 apps in classic mode faster that your old machine.
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