To buy/Not to buy Power Mac G4 Dual 1.2Ghz (FW800) UK?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ironjaw, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. ironjaw macrumors 6502

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    Hi i was considering buying a Power Mac G4 Dual 1.2Ghz (FW800) model. I checked it at apple history.com and it looks great. I'm thinking of buying off ebay.

    The only reason i'm after this one is because its got FW800 and obviously it dual processor. I'm in the UK.

    Any advice or recommendations from owners? Is it a good model? Anything I should be aware off.

    Cheers
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I believe that's one of the last G4 towers they made, right? It's a pretty nice computer, really expandable. YOu haven't said how much it is, but keep in mind that if you don't need anything too expandable, and space/noise is an issue, you might be better off with a refurb Core Duo Mac Mini or something like that.
     
  3. ironjaw thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There is a coulple going for around £250. Is it really noisy? I was considering a Core Duo Mac Mini, it seems like a rarely nice mac.
     
  4. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    oh boy...mine is a WIND TUNNEL! I can hear if it's on from upstairs.

    that said, there are some fan solutions available. i think the one in germany sells for $180 USD I think.. supposed to quiet it right down.

    other than that, my dually 1.25 G4 is fantastic.
     
  5. ironjaw thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm I'm kinda worried about the noise. I love the design though its really nice. The matching Cinema Display is great but hard to find :mad:
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    It is noisy.
    However, if you need a machine to put multiple hard drives in, run 10.2-10.4, support Classic applications, and have PCI slots, its a good choice.
     
  7. ironjaw thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've sent a PM to you
     
  8. Angrist macrumors 6502

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    The noise shouldn't be too bad.

    I have an older tower (Digital Audio) with 4 hard drives and a PCI slot exhaust fan.

    When the machine is awake and i'm using it, I don't notice the noise. When I put it to sleep the transition is very noticeable though. They can be loud machines, but it's a kinda white noise thats easy to block out.
     
  9. ironjaw thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay well that's good to know. There does not seem to be anything else other than the noise I think
     
  10. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I also have a Digital Audio with an aftermarket CPU upgrade, 3 hard disks and a big video card (GeFroce 6800GT). It can get quite loud when all the fans are running.

    The Mirrored Drive Door G4s like the FW800 one you are looking at have been referred to as the "wind tunnel" (like one poster above has mentioned) Macs for good reason.

    One way to quiet them down is to buy new cooling kit or buy quieter fans to replace the existing fans. This site shows MDDs air cooled with Zalman fans or even water cooled.

    But like CanadaRAM said they are good machines otherwise - very expandable and decently fast even today.
     

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