1. Whotheheck macrumors member

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    Are there any places that you know of that sell cheap macs? Even if they are 1 generation old or whatever, it doesn't bug me too much if I can save some money.
     
  2. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a

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    Check Apple's reburb section. You definitely don't want an old Mac that can't run Mac Panther smoothly. If you want cheap, buy a PC. Macs don't come cheap, unless you like burning money.
     
  3. Whotheheck thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I might just end up getting an emac. I was hoping to spend about $700 but I guess $100 more (+ tax) won't kill me.
     
  4. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    I can say that the eMac is not a bad deal after getting one a few weeks ago. IMO is the issue of lack of Core Image support on the current eMac.
     
  5. paxtonandrew macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to change the graphics card in a computer such as the eMac or the 'Book range? I have been wanting to change the graphics card in my PowerBook for about a month, and I don't know if this is possible. If so, could anyone recommend a 256 mb card?

    Thanks
     
  6. liketom macrumors 601

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    i think no and no is the answer , BTO is the only way of uping the card and the eMac has no graphics card BTO options , but it does play almost any game you can chuck at it.
    The PowerBook is same again , only BTO ups the card to 128MB .

    tom
     
  7. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    For deals, try:

    www.lowendmac.com
    www.dealmac.com
    www.dealsontheweb.com
    Apple's "Special Deals" section.

    Oh and whatever you do DONT try to get away with running the minimum RAM config. Yeah, RAM costs money, but it's crazy to spend $700 on a computer and then not put in the $65 worth of RAM that will make it shine.
     
  8. solvs macrumors 603

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    You could also try someplace like Powermax or Smalldog. They sell used, last generation, open box, and refurb stuff.
     
  9. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Old macs run panther fine. I've got it running on two cubes, a Rev a iBook, and a Tibook. Biggest issue is HD space -- I had to upgrade the iBook's HD.
     
  10. cubist macrumors 68020

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    I have a 400MHz G4 that runs Panther fine. You need a good size hard drive and plenty of RAM, which is cheap for the G4 tower. Try to get a Sawtooth or newer machine for $300-$400. If you're going to spend more than that, the eMac will outperform it, and you won't need a separate monitor. If you get the eMac, make sure you get the tilt & swivel base.

    G3 models may be cheaper, but they will be much slower. You might find a used G4 Powerbook (TiBook) that fits your budget.
     

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