iMac G5 20" - what is a good price?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Edd2104, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have found an iMac G5 20" on eBay that is ending very soon. It has a 1.8GHz PPC processor, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. It also has a Superdrive installed. At the moment, the current price is £205 and there's only an hour and a half left. I am very, very tempted by this deal. It would be my first Mac and I was wondering how much would be too much to pay for it. It doesn't appear to be wireless-enabled; would that be difficult to alter? Or could I just buy a USB stick? I would also have to purchase a keyboard and mouse or use my current ones. The final disadvantage is that it is currently running 10.3. Would it be able to cope with Leopard? I think the machine is well-specced enough to do what I'd want to with it, which would be web-browsing, work and photography, along with storing a collection of recorded videos. I'm guessing it would cost me in the region of £100 for Leopard, a new Apple keyboard & mouse set and a wireless adapter? Please find the item description at the bottom of this post.

    Thank you,

    Edd

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    themanfromvlad

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    I think it's hard to justify that purchase, especially if you are going to throw more money into it. PPC Macs are unfortunately just not that great of an idea right now, more and more developers are dropping support for it, and the processor just can't keep up with a lot of things. It will struggle even with some of the basic things you mentioned you want to do. I have that same computer at work and some websites can slow it down. Although I will say with 2Gb of Ram and Leopard it has been decent for me.

    I'd save a bit more and get a refurbished or used Intel Mac.
     
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    Vulcan

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    I agree as well. The refurb store had older Intel C2D iMacs going for $699 just yesterday.
     
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    Dustman

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    He's in the UK though. Not even a Mini refurb would be that cheap there. I would save up an extra $100 or so and get an intel mac on eBay. Even a Core Duo (as in first generation intel macs) would kick the G5's a$$ in terms of processing power.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cheers for your help. The price has risen to £310 with about five minutes left now; I just don't think that, having taken on board your suggestions, it's worth it. I will be looking out for Intel Mac Minis from now on. I do have a TFT monitor (albeit a nasty beige 15" one), and a keyboard & mouse so I guess they are a good solution. I am also interested in the iMac G4s, although I do recognise that you pay a premium for the design and it's not really the best investment. My friend has one and watching DVDs on the screen is great.
     

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