Should i do this?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by EJBasile, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    I have the opportunity to get a 400mhz PowerBook G4
    the specks are:
    400mhz G4
    256mb of RAM
    10GB HD
    CD-DVD player
    Airport Card (haha sell it on ebay for like $100)
    Brand new battery
    Power adapter
    Ethernet cable
    Screen Cleaning Kit
    Great condition- no paint chipping
    $450 (may be able to work it down)

  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    assuming those specs suit your need, i think it's a decent deal, especially under the condition you described. (10 GB HD enough? no CD burning?) by the way, what OS is it running?

    the RAM is a bit on the low side. if you can get the price down to $400 and budget $100 for a 512 MB stick, you'll have a pretty good machine for $500...
  3. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Get it for $300. Without a CD burner and with that little bit of RAM, it's kinda wimpy.

    Then stick a 512MB of RAM in there, buy a cheap 30GB 5200rpm drive for it (2.5" drive, not the desktop 3.5" one) and maybe a new optical drive. But if you up the hard drive and RAM its a nice machine. CD-RW drive and you are set!

    I'd guess maybe $550 total, after upgrades.
  4. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Yes, that's a good deal. I've seen the same go for about $800. You might want to buy some extra RAM and external drives (CD, hard drive), or be prepared to spend a couple hundred on internals. You might want to keep the Airport Card though, you may need it in the future.
  5. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2003
    Check eBay prices... I wouldn't pay that much, though I say that without checking eBay, if that's standard price or lower, then ignore my tightwad advice.

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