Advice Needed: Upgrade iBook G4 or used Macbook or Powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ibookluv111, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello. I am in a tough situation (for me). I have an iBook G4 1.2ghz that I just bought. I just upgraded the ram to 1.25gb, too. I love this iBook, and is fast for me now. But, I only have about 5GB left on my HD. So the problem is, I need to upgrade it. The HD itself would cost $80 on eBay. Plus, I hate going inside the iBooks and would pay my tech to do it for another $80. So, I'm at $160 right there. Now, I've always got high-end prices for Apple notebooks I sell on eBay and think I can sell this for $500/shipped.

    Should I:
    A) Upgrade the HD for $160

    B) Sell the iBook and buy a used Macbook (for around $600-$750)

    C) Sell the iBook and buy a used Powerbook (for around $600-$650)

    Please, don't suggest a new computer, because I simply can't afford it. My only options reside in this price range. Thank you all so much for your help, I really need it because I often don't think things through and end up in a pickle, so I am asking for outside opinions. Thanks again!
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    Macbook. Whatever you do, don't buy the Powerbook. That's just throwing away money. Ditto with the iBook upgrade, but that's better than buying another PPC machine.
     
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  4. macrumors 6502

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    Very sensible advice. You may prefer the PB's form, but the MB will take you much farther in keeping up with new software, even Leopard itself.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    no brainer. Even a first gen CD MacBook will run circles around a last gen PowerBook.
     
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    Neil321

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    Not forgetting Apples future OS's are now looking to be intel only
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Option B = go intel ... I recently upgraded to a Black book and I can tell you that my G4 1,2 GHz looks sooo old slowww compared to the new one.

    Saludos



    Franz
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I'm just going to go ahead with the HD upgrade. For what I do, the iBook is plenty of power. I can be patient when working in iMovie, which is where the only slow speed occurs. I also really enjoy the small form-facor of the iBook, and just overall enjoy it a lot. Thank you all for your input, and I'm sure my next Mac will be an Intel one. I just don't want to spend that much money, for power I don't need right now. Thanks again. :)
     
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    OrangeSVTguy

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    If you don't need a lot of computing power. It's worth it to upgrade your current ibook. I had the same one and it was enough for what I do. I hardly ever edit movies or music.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors member

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    the only thing i ever do is some light imovie work and it works good enough for that. i'm just going to order a HD from Newegg and have someone put it in, because i hate going into the iBooks. Thanks everyone!
     

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