Need buying advice!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gsharma88, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. gsharma88 macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2006

    I'm new to this forum and now am starting to think about switching to a mac (I've been a hardcore PC user since 6 years....since I came across the mac!!)

    I need some help deciding which one of the following 2 used ibooks to buy:

    1. G3 466 Mhz ibook SE graphite
    320 MB RAM
    10 GB HD
    OS 10.4 Tiger
    12" screen
    DVD Optical Drive

    2. G3 500 Mhz ibook
    320 MB RAM
    10 GB HD
    OS 10.4 Tiger
    12" screen
    CD- ROM Drive

    I'm confused: the first one has a DVD drive but has a slower processor while the second one has a faster processor but only a CD-ROM drive! (Though it kinda doesnt mean that much to me - I have a DVD rewriter in my PC)

    The first one is for $246, and the second one for $268.

    I kinda tilt towards the first one due to DVD drive and lower price, but seriously I just don't like the looks of the graphite.

    What do you experienced Mac people say: is a difference of 34 Mhz too much for Macs?

    Which one would you suggest me to buy? Another thing to note is that I will just use it for some web and school work, and will sell it next year to buy a brand new macbook for university!!

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. furious macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2006
    leave the ibook alone

    get a macbook would be my advice
  3. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    My God, I think my little gerbil in his rolling hollow sphere generates more power than those machines. If you're going to get a Mac, at least spend $500 for one that can power OS X.
  4. gsharma88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2006
    I know guys I would have loved to buy a more powerful ibook, but sometimes, you can't. And for now, I have to choose from all (these 2) or nothing. And I guess it would still be wiser to get one rather than not.

    So what do you think which is the better one out of these 2? On another note, do you think they would really be that slow (despite RAM slightly higher than recommended) and make me hate a Mac or something for its sluggishness?
  5. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    I think you should go for the ibook dual usb (the white one). You really don't have a need for dvd right now and if you ever get the guts to install one yourself you can do it via

    To be honest a lot of times you can get bored of a computer just because it doesn't look right (yea, im computer shallow haha). Also, the dual usb has a higher resolution which will be a lot better on your eyes.
  6. reflex macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2002
    I'd also go for the 500MHz one. It has a screen with a higher resolution, which should make it a lot nicer to work with.

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