Good Deal on iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by amacgenius, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. amacgenius macrumors 68000

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    I found an iMac G3/350 Mhz Indigo 64MB/6GB/Slot Load CD/56k/Keyboard/Mouse. It's $79.95 (minus shipping), I was wondering if this was worth spending the money on it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Watch out - the shipping could easily be $50

    http://www.lowendmac.com/imacs/blue.shtml

    These machines are OK, not really powerful enough for OSX. USB 1.1 No Firewire. Pain in the %^^ to change the CD-ROM for a burner or a DVD, The RAM is unusably low, so you have cost there.

    The analog boards are the weak point on them, the screen starts shaking, or expanding and contracting in image size, then the machine shuts down unexpectedly... within a few days the machine will be toast. Matter of time only, more expensive than it is worth to fix.

    I would rather spend the same money on a beige G3 desktop or tower - much more flexible.
     
  3. amacgenius thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The shipping was $42 I think, and it's funny because in our school's French classroom we have one, and whenever anybody uses the electric pencil sharpener the screen wiggles on the iMac. Thanks for the advice, this Mac wouldn't be for me btw.
     
  4. Legacy macrumors 6502

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    Nope dont bother..if you want to use OS X here is my advise (assuming you are confident with RAM upgrades)

    Get an eMac 700Mhz G4. I've got a G3, anything below 600Mhz really isnt enough to run OS X well and Quartz Extreme support is a must I think the 16Mb Ati Rage Ultra may have support not sure..

    Any way you'll get an excellent machine that is dual boot, cheap has a good G4 chip and upto 1Gb RAM. Most of all though, for snappy use, Geforce MX 32Mb VGA, which means Quartz Extreme folks... (oh and a decent enough hard drive 40Gb I think..you cantt really use OS X on anything less than 10Gb really otherwise you will have no programs just an OS)
     
  5. amacgenius thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Don't have that much cash ;).
     
  6. Legacy macrumors 6502

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    How much did you have in mind?
     
  7. amacgenius thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Not much over $120.
     
  8. Legacy macrumors 6502

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    Right, well you might be able to pick up a 400Mhz iMac DV w/ 10Gb HD and DVD player. Best bet is to upgrade the memory and load on Panther on it. I did that with mine (plus 40Gigs of HD), but I really have no use for it...I've actually put it on auction on eBay, if the reserve is met I shall sell, otherwise I WILL find a use for it:D

    GLuck with your hunting:)
     
  9. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    i dont get it larry, why do you need buying older macs?
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    A 500 or 600 MHz DV or SE model would be the only G3 iMac I would look at. Gotta have Firewire - even if it's only to transfer OSX into it. The DV models are more recent, the 350 and 400 MHz models are past their best-before date when it comes to hardware reliability.
     
  11. amacgenius thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Any links to a 500mhz DV model for under $120 (before shipping)?
     
  12. amacgenius thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This one is a christmas present for a friend of mine who lives in an all PC house but wants a Mac of his own.
     
  13. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    larry i told you about the one i have
    hit me up if you get interested in it
    it works great and runs tiger swell
     
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    Please use the PM system to make offers or attempt to sell items directly. We are all aware you have lots of hardware for sale by now. :)
     
  15. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    400 DV US$66

    450 DV w/DVD, OSX $149

    450DV OSX $26 but 2 days left

    No 500 DV's immediately apparent
     
  16. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a

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    um i don't quite know what constitutes a "DV" imac but i have 2 i'd be willing to sell, one of them is a slot loading imac G3 400mhz but its not really working, i'm sending it in for repair after christmas. the other is my fully functional imac G3 600 mhz, 1GB RAM. maybe we can work something out. pm or email me at ryan.r.phillips@gmail.com although unless the price is right i'm still not entirely sure i want to sell the 600 becasue i'm still using it on a regular basis
     
  17. Spock macrumors 68000

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    You sir are not logical. First off i have a Bondi iMac YES bondi running Panther with a 6GB HD and 96MB of RAM. It works fine,runs OS X fine not fast but fine. I also have a indigo iBook 366MhZ it has a fresh install of Tiger runs smooth as silk. I would say if its a gift for a person in a all PC house they will love what ever Mac You get them even if it has to run OS 9
    but I must agree with others that a DV would be the best choice the Firewire is very usefull iPod,Cd Burners,Hard Disks etc.. I would also check around a little like the local newspaper or eBay a B&W G3 would also be a nice choice and it can be upgraded to a G4 and has no screen problems. www.powermax.com is running a few nice affordable computers also, last time i looked they had a Cube for $250
     
  18. Legacy macrumors 6502

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    If I am not logical according to your subjective conception of logic then so be it. I was not aware that the creator of this thread wanted the Mac as a gift for someone. I do not have a future-telling piece of headgear unfortunately.

    The Bondi Blue iMac will be so slow with Tiger and even Panther I don't even want to go there. Plus the fact you actually have to mod the thing to run the latest versions of OS X whereas the DV is officially supported...

    If you care to elaborate on your conclusion as to my illogical reasoning I shall be most grateful.
     
  19. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    Spock,

    logic, when computers we speak of, SUX it does :p
     
  20. Spock macrumors 68000

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    I said it ran smooth did't say fast, of course its not going to be fast its 7 years old!

    I didnt really mean it just sounded fun at the time sorry.

    What ever You say my backwards friend.
     

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