PowerMac G4: Should I Buy?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by andrewdale, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Hey everyone,

    Never make it over here because I'm not lucky enough to have a Mac Pro yet (keyword yet).

    So, I have an opportunity to buy an old PowerMac G4. I'm pretty sure it's one of the original machines. I've been told it has VGA, 2 USB and 2 FW ports on it. It doesn't have any HDD or Memory in it, but those can't be too expensive these days. He said there are a couple brackets that are broke, but that its just a little cosmetic.

    Price: $20.

    Is this worth it? At least it would be fun to play with, right?
     
  2. macrumors G5

    leekohler

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    Sure, why not? Do you know what the specs are? I had G4 sawtooth for over 6 years, and it was great. I sold it to a co-worker who still uses it. They were great machines.
     
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    synth3tik

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    The machine is not going to be a power machine, but it will totally be a great computer for $20. Hard drives are cheap, but the memory can get expensive since it is no longer being made. Could have going down. It has been a while since I bought PC133 RAM.

    There are also process card upgrades available for the G4s, though it is arguable it they are worth the investment.
     
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    mknawabi

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    Take it, and if you dont like it, ill grab it from you for $20 :D
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    Does it come with the disks for OS X? Without a hard drive you're going to need those or get ahold of some Tiger install disks at least - for me anything prior to that is just tough to work with now a days after having used more modern OS s. You can get PC133 2 x 256MB on Ebay for like $10 (I actually just sold some for that price plus $4.50 shipping) and 512MB around $10-15 per stick.
     
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    ddeadserious

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    $20 is a good price for that for sure. Pick it up, and if you don't like it, use the case to build a Hackintosh in!
     

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