advice on buying used Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Bismarck, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Bismarck macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2006
    Someone in town is selling this for $195 :

    Apple G4 dual processor 533 mhz tower computer. Comes with OSX 10.1 and 256 MB of ram. Comes with flat screen apple monitor, pro keyboard and mouse.

    Assuming it works, is this a good deal ? Were these machines prone to breakdowns ?

    I was thinking about a mini Mac, is this thing faster or slower than a CoreDuo mini Mac with the superdrive ? I would want to up the memory to maybe 1GB, how much would that be for this machine ?
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    The price seems about right for that machine. But be aware that it will be much slower than the Mac Mini with a Core Duo processor.
  3. Mitch1984 macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2005
    I would get the Mac Mini, it will be loads faster than the used machine and it will be able to run todays apps and they're pretty cheap.
    Judging by the amount of megahertz you said the used machine runs at, I would sadely say that it would've came out 2001 or before.
  4. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    It's the right price, but that will be noticeably slower than a Mini.

    Depending on what you look to do with it ... it might be fast enough. Fine for web-browsing, e-mail, word-processing, or watching movies.

    What it won't do is run run photoshop, DV editing, or games.

    The problem is the OS and the RAM. Upgrading to Tiger will give you a speed bump, and upgrading the ram to about a Gig is almost a must.
    Both of these will cost you more.

    I've never heard of any major problems with these machines, they are pretty stable. They are from 2001 so the motherboard battery MIGHT need to be replaced soon, but thats $5 and 10 min.

    Keep in mind that a new Mini doesn't come with a monitor, keyboard or mouse.

    If it's your only / primary machine .... I'd recommend the Mini
  5. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    games, no, but otherwise your statement is somewhat off a bit from realworld facts :)

    I do both PS & DV every day (for many years now) on a DP450/2gb Sawtooth notta problemo. Granted, it is no Quad G5 or MacPro, but it gets my work done without any blips or glitches, and thats all I need it to do.....make me da moolah, as well as the usual surfing, emailin, letter writin, etc etc :D
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'd stick with a refurbished or used Mac Mini Core Solo is your starter Mac for today. You can add more RAM and upgrade the CPU.
  7. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    If you're just trying to get your feet wet trying Mac OS X, that price is not bad at all
    if for no other reason to get that ACD display.

    You'll need to spend nearly the price of the whole system just to upgrade
    your RAM.

    You'll be running OS X Jaguar 10.2.8 by the time you properly upgraded, but you still won't have the advantage of OSX Tiger or the iLife suite.

    My train of thought is to go ahead and get that system, then buy a mini as soon
    as the opportunity permits then connect it to that ACD.
  8. Bismarck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2006
    Thanks for the tips. I don't need the monitor, mouse, or keyboard. I don't want it if it is that much slower than the mini. I think I will pass on it. I can afford to spend more, and I would really like the advantages of the Intel CPU. It was a fleeting thought when I saw the listing on craigslist.
  9. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    The mini will be a great computer for you. Current, powerful, and you can still upgrade it some more. Good luck!
  10. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
  11. macg4 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2003
    Des Moines,Iowa
    mini would be faster, but its not a bad price for a dual g4 powermac....depends on your budget and overall computing needs
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    We need some budget info. It's a steal for $195.

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