Thinking about buying a G4 iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by bluemonkey, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. bluemonkey macrumors regular

    I like the design of these better than the G5, and I don't want to spend several hundred dollars more on something that I don't like as well. I want to get the absolute fastest one they made. Would that be a 20" 1Ghz model? Any known issues on these machines? I will be using it for freelance graphic design work. For the last year and a half, I have used my 12" 800mHz G4 ibook (640mb ram), so I know performance will not be an issue. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  2. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
  3. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    At the Airport. UK
    i know what you mean, i love the G5, But i also love the G4. i have also considered a purchase oof the G5, but would most like a G5 if i was going to be productive and only get previeous models for vintage i would have nowhere to put them!!!

  4. bluemonkey thread starter macrumors regular

    video is not gonna be an issue (aside from light iMovie work).
  5. .:*Robot Boy*:. macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2005
    New Zealand
    I believe the fastest iMac G4 was 20" 1.25GHz.
  6. tag macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    PA, US
    I agree with you there, I ended up buying a 20" 1.25GHz iMac G4 a few months ago because I just couldn't bring myself to buying into the look of the G5 (I mean don't get me wrong, its not bad, I just love the G4's look). But you should know, assuming you buy the iMac G4 through refurbished, it really costs more than getting a refurbished G5 oddly.

    Such as when I bought my iMac G4 three months ago, the refurbished G5 iMac was actually $50 cheaper and was 1.8GHz with 160GB compared to the G4 at 1.25Ghz with 80GB. So monetarily the G5 is a better deal, but for me I had to go form over function. :D Course if you go the ebay route you might get a better deal than apple offers so who knows in that respect.

    So personally I say go for it. I honestly don't do anything really intensive on it but it does work flawlessly and have had no real problems with it. And since your not doing any huge video editing work, I see no reason you need all the extra speed, though the HD space would be nice, but you could always just get an external FW drive if you need it later.

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