Used MBP/ iBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by dvince2, Jun 10, 2007.

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    dvince2

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    Hey everyone!
    My brother is looking to get a cheap(er) laptop. I want to try to keep him ?, but cost is a factor. We have it down to three options:

    1) Used MPB G4 667MHz PPC, 512 MB, combo drive, 30GB HDD
    2) Used G3 iBook, 800MHz, 128 MB ram, OS X and OS 9.

    The version of OS X wouldn't matter, as we would be updating to 10.5 [hopefully] this October.

    3) A $600-$900 future shop/best buy PC (on average 1GB ram, 100GB hard drive, Windows Vista home Premium)

    If someone could help compare these to each other, and maybe to a 2.53GHz P4 PC (thats what my family uses) it would be a great help!

    Thanks!!
    -Vince
     
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    dvince2

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    The iBook is 300, and the MBP is 849

    Looking for one >1000 range
     
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    devilot

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    Er... let me just further clarify...

    Um... the processor would lead me to believe that you're talking about a PowerBook which used the older PPC architecture and not a MacBook Pro which is Intel.

    Is that right?
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Erm... more than $1000 or less than $1000? And $1000CAD or $1000USD?

    I don't think running Leopard on an iBook G3 with 128MB of memory is a realistic plan....
     
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    dvince2

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    I appologize...its been a long day lol.

    Yes it is a PowerBook, and that was meant to be <1000 CAD.
    Good point about the G3 though...thanks.
     
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    Get a refurb macbook for like $899.. it will smoke all three of those options.
     
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    psycoswimmer

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    Yeah, this sounds like the best plan. Then you could up the RAM to 1GB if needed.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    I agree too... if you can get one for <$1000CAD, and you intend to upgrade whatever you get to Leopard, the MB is the way to go.
     
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    skubish

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    I agree a refurb MB is the best option. Take door number 4.
     
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    Dustman

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    umm.. its safe to say that an iBook G3 won't run 10.5... the powerbook (or MBP), however, will.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    I'm sorry, let me clarify. I was NOT implying this. I think it's the 128MB that will kill it. If the iBook G3s that have Firewire are limited out of Leopard, it will almost certainly be artificially, and there will almost certainly be something like xpostfacto to get it on there. Leopard isn't going to need altivec or anything else that would prevent a G3 from working on it....
     
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    Dustman

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    that may be, but the max ram on a G3 iBook is 640 MB.. Leopard with 640 mb of ram probably wont be too functional. i'm not saying that the iBook won't serve your needs, it just probably wont do too well with 10.5. I'd stick with tiger if you get the iBook. If you get the powerbook, go ahead and get 10.5
     
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    Dynamyk

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    Since your in Canada check out ehMac.ca. I sold my laptop on there and their classifieds are really good.
     

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