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Should I Buy? G4 iBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by crazyrog17, Jun 20, 2009.


Good deal?

Poll closed Jun 25, 2009.
  1. Yes

    23 vote(s)
  2. No

    6 vote(s)
  1. macrumors regular

    Previous iBook sold, found another. Still a good deal?

    iBook G4 (Early 2005)

    1.33GHz G4 Processor
    12" 1024x768 Screen
    40GB HDD
    Combo ODD
    512MB RAM
    Airport Extreme
    2 Hour Battery
    Will run 10.5

    Offer accepted for the iBook is $250.

    I plan on installing:
    160GB HDD
    1GB RAM

    for $84, coming to a total of...


    I've disassembled and reassembled my Clamshell iBook G3 a few times, so I think I can handle the upgrades.

    I should mention this is for my girlfriend; I've already got my dream computer.

    What's the verdict. Is it a good deal, or not?
  2. macrumors 603


    Definitely a good deal for that price. I'd go for it. :)
  3. macrumors 604


    That's a pretty good deal I must say. As long as she is not doing anything too intensive then it should serve her well :)
  4. macrumors regular

    Hahaha, if facebook is intensive, then this is out of the question :rolleyes:
  5. macrumors regular

    Thanks, Cassie :)
  6. macrumors 604


    I dunno, people can get pretty intense while on facebook :p
  7. macrumors 65816

    that's decent deal on a used one in my opinion and you don't have to do very much to it.
  8. macrumors regular

    To the person who said 'No,'

  9. macrumors 601


    For that price, it's a good deal. Is the hard drive the single platter hitachi that runs obscenely fast?
  10. macrumors regular

    if you have a leopard dvd lying around for that money you can get an msi wind or other hackingtosh laptop with 5 hours battery life and much more portable.
  11. macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    That's a pretty good deal. I saw a 12'' 1.5 GHz PowerBook go for $290 on eBay on Friday.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Thats a good deal. Id get it for sure if I were you.
  13. macrumors member

    That's a Very good deal do it!
  14. macrumors 65816


    I wonder why some people are saying no. If this computer suits your needs than go for it. It may crap out on you in a year or 2 or it may not. It is a bit of a chance simply because it is older and wont be covered by apple anymore, but in all honesty, if you get a year or so use out of it, than I think it is worth it.
  15. macrumors 6502

    The only reason they could say no is because of how the PPC Macs are pretty much obsolete as of September. Since Leopard is the last OS that will ever go on it. (Mac-wise)

    But if this is just for the kiddies, then go for it. Leopard is good enough and will be fine for years.
  16. macrumors 601


    The REAL issue is if you give your girlfriend a taste of osx goodness, will she take over YOUR machine?

    It's the geek corollary to 'wife drives the new car, it's the law'.
  17. macrumors G4


    My sister is currently using my iBook G4 (same specs as above but upped to 1.25GB RAM) and it's a sweet little laptop. If you can, invest in a new battery, those iBooks will run and run and run and run. Easily 5+ hours of basic websurfing.
  18. macrumors 6502

    My mom has almost the exact same thing (although the 1GHz) and it runs really nice for basic web surfing, youtube, mail and Office 2008. It's from 2004/2005 and the only upgrades I've made are 160 GB HDD, 1,25GB RAM and a new battery during that time. For that price, it's a steal! :D
  19. macrumors regular

    Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (Perpendicular Recording) ST9160821A 160GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Internal Laptop Hard Drive.

    I told her that even if it only lasts a year or two, it's better than not having a notebook at all.

    Hahaha, well I almost never let her touch my babeh. There's simply no way.

    Sweet! That's all she'll be doing on it, so that affirms my purchase =D
  20. macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Not true. Apple will give updates to Leopard until most of the Mac users are on Intel.
  21. macrumors 601


    Voted YES too. That's a good deal and once you upgrade it will be fine for years to come(as long as it doesn't crap out on you :p)

    I just got a 1gb from newegg for $35 after mail-in rebate. Check there as they also have a 250/320gb HDD for $89-$99 if your girlfriend will need more space for music etc.

    4 people said no... I wonder why? Guess some people just need 2+ cores to check their email and surf the web :rolleyes:
  22. macrumors regular

    Yeah, I found some PNY RAM for $29.99 after $10.00 MIR and a 160GB Hard Drive for $54.00 - %10 Promo Code. Total, $89.48
  23. macrumors 601


    Guess you didn't get the first one. I'd offer around $225 to keep your total upgrades less than $300 so if you go to sell it, you'll get your money back and then a few extra.

    If you want to buy an iBook, I'd suggest finding the 1.42ghz 14" model. That is the last top-end model and didn't have the potential logic board problems like the earlier G4s had.
  24. macrumors regular

    You're right, the first one passed before I could get my hands on it, but the one I have lined up right now is a later model and $70 more expensive.

    Thanks for the 14" suggestion, but I've never liked the fact that the 14" is still only 1024x768. I could probably up-rez it but I've had enough trouble doing that to my Clamshell iBook (swapped screens to increase the resolution from 800x600 to 1024x768).
  25. macrumors regular

    For anyone that's wondering,

    I got the 1.33GHz iBook G4. Installed the 160GB Hard Drive and 1GB of RAM and it's now a beast.

    Leopard is installed and updating now and iPhoto '09 is all the lady friend decided she wanted installed. Screen Spanning Doctor will let her use the now leftover LCD from her desktop windoze machine.

    Thanks to everyone for their responses, I really appreciate them.

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