Is this a good trade?

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  1. Patmian212 macrumors 68020

    Patmian212

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    Hi all,
    I recently got my first mac and I cant use my PC anymore, its just anoying. I even stoped gaming, except for WoW on my ibook. Anyway I got an offer to trade my PC for an older mac and I am intrigued since I have a laptop and I would like a desktop to complete the set.
    The deal is my pc+I give him 75 euros
    PC specs
    P4
    1.8ghz
    768 mb Ram
    40 GB HD
    Nvidia Geforce 4 Ti 128mb
    6 USB ports
    No Firewire
    DVD Reader
    24X cd burner

    Mac
    G4 (Yikes I think, might be sawtooth
    400mhz
    568 MB Ram
    40 GB
    DVD drive
    16mb video
    17" Apple CRT

    Is it worth it, I mean I know it will be slower but am I just being stupid? Also how would it run Panther or Tiger and does it use PC SD 100 or 133 ram?

    Thanks
    Patmian212
     
  2. 36183 Guest

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    try selling it and see if you can get money to buy a better mac. by the way is your pc monitor part of the trade ?
     
  3. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

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  4. macorama macrumors regular

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    Slowly!
     
  5. ArcticFox macrumors member

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    That Mac would be slower than a waterfall of frozen mollasses. Don't do it.
     
  6. pinto32 macrumors 6502

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    Despite that mac being slow, I think its your best bet, simply because you won't get much cash for your PC. I say do the trade and see if the Mac meets your needs. If it doesn't you can sell it and use the money to upgrade to a faster model. Besically, I think its a deal reguardless....simply because that Mac definatly has a higher resale value than the PC.
     
  7. pinto32 macrumors 6502

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    As a follow-up to the other two replies, yes, it will be slow in comparison to current models, but it will still be quite good for basic uses, just don't plan on doing a lot of multimedia editing, etc.

    The memory is what matters teh most....as long as you have 512MB in a Mac (which I believe it does) you will get acceptable performance for everyday use.

    The Macs in my college library are single 500Mhz Powermacs with 256MB of memory, and I have never found them lacking for web browsing, Appleworks, or MS Office.
     
  8. sigamy macrumors 65816

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    Raw spec-wise you are getting less of a machine but you are getting a machine that runs Mac OS! This PM will run Panther (and Tiger) fine for web/email/iTunes and Office apps.

    It's not that bad of a deal if you keep the cash out. That PM is probably going for $350 on eBay, plus $50 for the monitor. What is a used 1.8Ghz P4 worth when Dell sells new 2.5Ghz machines for $300?

    In order to get any value for your PC you'd probably have to sell it off as components. If you don't have the time/desire to do that AND if you just want a Mac desktop to play around with then this may be a good deal.

    Just do a straight up swap, no cash out of hand, and this is an OK deal.
     
  9. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ok no cash, since the cash is out of the deal ill probably buy a better GFX card and probably a proccesor upgrade(700mhz maybe). All I want it for is firefox, msn, some photoshop and ms office.

    Also is the crt any good?
     
  10. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hi sorry for the bump but I need a question answered.

    I have a 128mb stick of samsung pc sd 100 ram. Do you guys know if the yikes/sawtooth take pc 133 or pc100 ram? Also do you guys think the samsung stick will work?

    Another thing I looked up the specs of the appl crt to see if it is better then my current crt but I dont understand the specs, I'm kind off a monitor newbie. Can you guys tell me whats better, blueberry 17" apple crt or a 17" LG 701S

    THANKS
    patmian
     

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