Power Mac G4 800MHz good purchase still?

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  1. spimp31 macrumors member

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    I can purchase a Power Mac G4 800MHz Quicksilver model with mouse, keyboard, and 17 inch cinema display for $400. It features a 40 GB HD, and 512 MB memory.

    Currently I have a 12 inch G4 Powerbook, 1.33 GHz, 512 MB memory. How would the performance of the Power Mac compare to my powerbook? Is this a bargain or about what I should be paying? Thanks.
     
  2. Eluon macrumors regular

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    if you don't want it... i'll take it. that is a great price.
     
  3. EJBasile macrumors 65816

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    That is an extremely good price. The 17" display (assuming it is LCD) is worth $350-$400 alone. Throw in a the G4 and thats probably worth $600-$800. Awesome deal!
     
  4. Mord macrumors G4

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  5. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    That's a terrible deal. Give me the seller's email address so I can tell him to lower his price.
     
  6. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Go for it a 800mhz G4 is still a top class machine, the ability to add cheap storage and a nice dvd burner can make it a very fucntional machine,

    ShadoW
     
  7. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    Wow!

    That is a great buy! The computer alone is worth much more than $400.
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Go for it.
    All of that for only $400! :eek:
    That is one heck of a good deal! :)
     
  9. moonislune macrumors regular

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    Kinda...

    It depends on what you plan on using the G4 800 for. While you can edit video and play some games nicely with this machine, you'll notice the agp video card will need to be upgraded ($80 for a GEFORCE MX5200 or ATI 9000) and your system bus speed is probably lower in this machine compared to a mac mini - which will have a better video card, bus speed, and newer memory technology. The G4 is nice if you want to upgrade components internally. The trade off is whether you can live with external upgrades on the mini - hard drives, etc. Personally, I'd see about $350-375 and then its a very good buy.
     
  10. moonislune macrumors regular

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    One other Intel'ish consideration

    Another thing to consider when deciding to go Old vs New is the product's support cycle. The G4 800 will certainly be phased out before the mini via system requirements even though Macs do have a long shelf cycle...hopefully even after Intel.
     
  11. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Buy it, definitely. Sell it if you don't need it or turn it into an FTP server, HTTP server, etc. It has an L3 cache, remember, which makes it quite fast...:D
     
  12. Dustintendo macrumors member

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    they definately still will :)
     
  13. moonislune macrumors regular

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    Defintely is a strong word...

    Isn't this a trade off of pissing off your loyal fans vs. hardware sales?
     

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