Is $185 a good price on this PM?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ibook30, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. ibook30 macrumors 6502a

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    Is $185 a good price on this PM?

    Power Mac G4 533MHz with 640 MB RAM and Unknown Amount VRAM on a One Hard Drive 40.0 GB IDE HD, CD-RW Drive, 3.5'' Floppy Drive Not Included and Sound Card Included, No Modem Included, USB Ports Included, Gigabit Ethernet Adapter in a Mini-Tower Case. SLIGHT SCUFFS ON SIDES OF CASE

    It's an old one from my office - good deal or bad?
     
  2. vniow macrumors G4

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    **** yeah.
     
  3. ibook30 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I assume no optical drive, and no OSX- so to get it up to speed , a couple hundred bucks. Maybe I end up spending $500-$600 total, for a 533 Mhz machine. I haven't worked with less than a 1 Ghz machine - so am uncertain if it will be adequate for -

    photoshop
    safari
    mail
    office apps

    any guidance is appreciated !
     
  4. ibook30 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well - I went ahead and ordered it. I also found this for $100, PM me if you are interested!

    Power Mac G3 333MHz with 160 MB RAM and Unknown Amount VRAM on a One Hard Drive 6.0 GB IDE HD, CD-ROM Drive, 3.5'' Floppy Drive Not Included and Sound Card Included, Modem of Unknown Speed Included, USB Ports Included, 10/100BaseT Ethernet Network Adapter in a Desktop Case. SOME SCRATCHES ON CASE,CASE COLOR IS Green
     
  5. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a

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    Totally do it. You could even make it a cheap server in the future and still be getting a great deal. That and its cheaper than an iPod nano :p
     
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Thought the description said outright that it has a CD-RW; maybe you meant no DVD drive, which is certainly handy for installing Tiger.

    And yes--spend $70 on Tiger and $50 on a DVD-RW drive if necessary (640MB RAM is pretty good, so you're fine there), and it'll be a very nice computer for about $300 total, if not terribly speedy on things like Photoshop. Toss in a copy of iLife and a bigger hard drive (it can't use more than 120GB, which can be had for $80 or less) if you're so inclined, and it'll still barely break $400.

    Nice buy!
     
  7. Daedalus256 macrumors 6502

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    I saw a G4 on Craigslist the other day with those exact specs and such for $185 and thought it was a nice deal. Good luck with it!

    Makes me want Saturday to get here so I can get my Sawtooth :)
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Very good deal! :)
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    For safari, mail, and office apps, the 533MHz PowerPC G4 w/640MB will be fast enough.

    For Photoshop, you might want to consider buying a new CPU/Accelorator Card. A 533MHz G4 will work, but slowly.

    Just my $0.02 :)
     
  10. ibook30 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Very helpful advice!
    It's coming in ten days,,Thanks to one and all ! There are a couple of $100 G3's out there if anyone is interested !
     
  11. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    I'd buy any desktop Mac for $185! I would pimp it out. :cool: :p
     
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  13. ibook30 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Back for more feedback!

    First of all - let me thank everyone who offered insight and advice. It was helpful. I got the machine today and it is beautiful!

    One catch-

    The specs said no floppy, but (as was pointed out to me on this thread) it listed an optical drive (CD-R/W). It has no optical drive, rather a zip drive. I can't use that! I have some old zip disks, but have nevver liked them much. Here's the question-

    If I resell ( for a small profit ) do you think I cold get say $275 (and buyer pays shipping) ? ( I'm not terribly greedy, with shipping it cost me 225)

    or ....

    Could this machine handle an external CD / DVD drive (RW)?

    or...

    just send it back ! Any feedback is appreciated!
     
  14. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I just sold a sawtooth 450mhz for over $200, so yeah that's a great deal!!!:eek:
     
  15. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    Just buy a DVD/RW drive for it. You can get the Pioneer DVR-109 for around $40, which is the drive that I have in my MDD.
     
  16. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Yeah, just put a optical drive in it! You can get a nice DVD/CR-RW (Combo, if you don't need to burn DVD's for like $15).
     
  17. ibook30 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK - Done deal. ITASOR and dsharits have convinced me ( I'm easily swayed ) - I'll pick up an external drive tomorrow. The opinions do make a difference - I was genuinely weighing my options.

    Since I'm writing- my next adventure is to find a cable to connect it my ibook and see what it looks like. I'm running Panther - and will be experimenting with the PowerMac - It's completely wiped clean, no OS - I'm sure I'll find out through experiments, but am wondering:

    Will I have to format the drive?
    Can I load Panther on it from my ibook (and is that ethical/legal)?

    If you have played these games - let me know your thoughts - but I am quite content with the free advice I have recieved already - and thank one and all!

    EDIT- I'm sobering up and realizing how off topic I'm leading this thread. My apologies Mods -
     
  18. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    The Pioneer DVR-109 that is being recommended to you is not an external drive, but an internal one. It is easy to hook up and run, but you must have a computer case that has an opening for the DVD tray to come out, or else you either have to buy a new piece of plastic for that part that does have the opening, or take the plastic piece off and have your computer function but look a little ugly.

    Next, while your computer is an okay deal, getting it up to speed may cost enough that it is not such a good deal after all. If you have to spend $100 to beef up the ram, $70-100 for a bigger hard drive, $50 for a DVD burner drive (including shipping), and possibly $25-80 on a new keyboard and mouse (assuming you don't like the ones with it), and again possibly $50-$300 for a processor upgrade card, then it wasn't such a good deal. As for normal use, it will feel fine. As for Photoshop, some filters will seem sluggish, but most tasks will feel normal. Surfing is a little slower than on a new PC, but still doable. Mail is speedy and fine. Office is fine.
     

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