Good Deal On This B&W?

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  1. Patmian212 macrumors 68020

    Patmian212

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    Hi all I saw this deal on a local forum and thought I couldnt pass it up. He is asking for 110 euros and local pick up.

    B&W
    G3 350mhz
    798 mb RAM
    6GB drive :(
    ATI Rage 128 pro 16mb
    CD/CD-RW
    Zip
    Panther
    Apple Keyboard+Mouse
    I have my own dvd drive

    What can this computer be used for? I just bought it because I thought it was a bargain. Is dvd playback on this thing any good on full screen?
    Is it a good deal in general?
    Also how much are cheap G4 up grades compatible with the B&Ws, How much would a 60GB drive cost, What type of drive is compatible?
    Would a dvd drive I took out of an HP PIII work on this thing?

    Sorry for asking so many questions but I have no idea about B&Ws and afterall you guys are geniuses :rolleyes:

    Thanks
    Patmian212
     
  2. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hey guys, I kinda need quick answers because I'll probably have to pick it up tomorrow. My B&W lies in your hands :p
     
  3. Pierre Films macrumors member

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    It seems like an OK deal. The ram is nice, but the video card and hard drive is questionable. You can get a nice G4 upgrade from Sonnet or on ebay. If you think you can get ahold of one, by all means go for it.
    Good luck.

    Pierre Films [​IMG]
     
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  5. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    With a DVD drive and a G4, it should play DVD's fine. I also highly recommend getting either a Radeon 7000 (32 MB) or a Radeon 9200 (128 MB) video card. You will see a marked improvement. As for the hard drive, it will use any ATA/100 compatible drive, but it does have a limit of 128 GB on drives over that size. However, this can be fixed with the purchase of a PCI ATA/133 controller card, which is a good idea even if you aren't using a lrage drive.
     
  6. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    If I get a G4 upgrade would I need a new heatsink and fan?
     
  7. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    It depends on which upgrade you get. I am currently running mine at 500 MHz with the original heatsink. I recommend the Daystar 600 MHz g4 upgrade. It's the fastest one that keeps the bus speed at 100 MHz. All of the other faster upgrades drop the bus speed to 66 MHz.
     
  8. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I was considering the 800mhz sonnet, do you fell the speed drop when the bus is 66?
     
  9. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    Very much so. When you drop it down to 66 MHz, you're working at the same speed as a Beige G3.
     
  10. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    If I get an ata 133 card, will the ata 100 hard drives work ay 133 speeds or do I need to buy a new hard drive to take advantage of ata 133.
     
  11. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    You won't see too much difference between an ATA/100 hd and an ATA/133 hd, because there is a bottleneck on the B&W PCI controller. There is a very noticeable difference between the stock ATA/66 controller and the ATA/133 controller. I use both an ATA/100 and an ATA/133 hd in my B&W (with the ATA/100 disk set as the startup disk), and I don't see much of a difference.
     
  12. line macrumors newbie

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    i got one for my sister (DVD - basic emailing) 7200hd 60gigs and a gig of RAM.
    it's running panther smoothly and no problems at all with fullscreen playback on a 19" CRT.
    if that`s all you're going to use it for then it`s a deal.. anything more ie iPhoto then you should get the video and processor upgrades.
     

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