newbie question about upgrades on old macs

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  1. bbcountach macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    I've been looking at Macs for a while now, but my main problem is that i cant afford one. Can someone reccomend an old mac that is good just to take apart and upgrade or tinker with? I'd really prefer a laptop, but right now i think anything is better than my current windows piece of junk. let me know if i left anything out, and thanks for taking the time for me!

    edit: perhaps i should jsut wait for the Mac OS for intel or save up for an ibook?
    -B
     
  2. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Mac OS for Intel?? If you're thinking that you will be able to run OS X on anyold junk PC, it's not going to happen. Apple has said they will not do this.

    Maybe an old G4 PowerMac or a 15" G4 iMac. Depends on what you want to do.
     
  3. bbcountach thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking at some music editing, and some small video editing. mostly just music playing and homework. I saw a few powermac g4's do things like processors and video cards swap out on those easily? thanks
    -B
     
  4. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    You're not going to get a good value when you upgrade the processors. What's your price range, as that would help arrow it down a lot. I would suggest getting a dual 1.25 G4 Power Mac, which is probably out of your price range.
     
  5. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Give a price range, but remember you'll want something that can play DVDs.

    A refurb eMac from Apple is $650 ... this should allow you to remain rather current.

    But a refurb iBook G4 for $699 will have a CD-RW drive only which caused problems for the DVD software -- like OS upgrades.
     
  7. bbcountach thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My price range would probably be around $500-600. Judging by the responses, i think i'm going to be spending a lot more time saving up. I think because of school, i will probably be saving up for a used ibook or something of that type. I greatly appreciate all of everyone's help! Thanks a million!
    -B
     

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