Is This A Good Deal...?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dan-o-mac, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a

    dan-o-mac

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    Someone is selling this setup for $900. I just wanted to know if it's a good deal or should I pass on it.

    4 YEAR OLD DUAL 1.25 GHZ MIRROD DOOR G4 POWERMAC WITH 1.5 GB RAM, TWO 120 GB HARDRIVES, ONE SUPERDRIVE, ONE COMBO CD-RW DRIVE, INTERNAL USB2-PCI CARD, WITH NEW KEYBOARD KEYBOARD AND MOUSE. ORIGINAL DISCS-CURRENTLY HAS OS10 3.9 PANTHER INSTALLED AND WORKING.

    4 YEAR OLD 23" APPLE CINEMA DISPLAY WITH CONNECTING CABLE
    HARMON KARDON SOUNSTICKS WITH SUBWOOFER(USB CONNECTOR)
    2003 RELEASE OF MICROSOFT OFFICE FOR MAC
    2005 RELEASE OF IWORK
    LATEST BINARY EDITION OF FINALCUT PRO STUDIO
     
  2. adamyoshida macrumors regular

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    I don't know if I'd say "good", I'd say "fair."

    It sounds like pretty much the right price for the unit described to me - if you need the monitor.

    Otherwise, depending on what you need it for, there are a lot of low-end G5 Dual Powermacs going for $1000ish on eBay.

    My belief, if you're using it for pro-grade stuff, is that you'd be better off going with a new iMac or even a Mac Pro. In general, for professional-grade work, the G4 is going to die with Leopard.

    Basically, I suspect, a G4 will run Leopard about as well as a G3 will run Tiger.
     
  3. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    dan-o-mac

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    I would be using it for audio, light gaming(WoW), and web browsing, nothing heavy. I would love a dual G5 but wouldn't have enough cash for that and a 23" lcd.
     
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    i don't like this setup. it's too outdated. who knows how many future versions of OSX will even run on it?

    i'd spring for a newer machine and save up for a newer display.

    if you're still gonna go for it at least take comfort in the fact that the prices sound reasonable.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    $900 seems like a good price for this setup. But personally, I would go for either a used Power Mac G5 or one of the new iMacs. :)
     
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    i agree....the price is fair, but if i were you i would make do with a cheaper display and get a better machine, cause that 4 year old machine will probably only make you happy for a little while before you are frustrated. :) .....if anything find a used powermac g5
     
  7. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    dan-o-mac

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    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to save a few extra bucks and probably get an iMac.
     
  8. dan-o-mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    dan-o-mac

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    I'm back! :D I decided to go with a iMac 17-inch Intel Core Duo with SuperDrive. I just need one more question answered. The iPod promotion F.A.Q. states this *This offer is available only on purchases of new product*, but the Apple store does not have this model iMac new, it's only listed in the refurbished store. Would buying a refurbished iMac qualify me for a free iPod?


    From F.A.Q.

    What are the qualifying Mac and iPods?
    This offer is available only on purchases of new product. The products listed below are eligible for participation in this offer. Products not listed in this chart are ineligible for a rebate. Configure to order versions of these products are eligible. Refurbished products are ineligible.

    Product Family Qualifying Products
    iMac iMac 17-inch Intel Core Duo with SuperDrive
     

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