Using iMac G3 as DVR and Music Server?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Angelus520, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. Angelus520 macrumors regular

    May 22, 2003
    I've been reading some of the forums on using a cheap Mac as a DVR for recording purposes only as well as a music server. I found an iMac DV400 w/ 128MB RAM, 13GB HDD, and supposedly a DVD drive for $150. There's also an iMac G3 700 w/ 256MB RAM, 60GB HDD, and a CD-RW for $350. I have an extra 500MB RAM stick to put in either so that's not an issue. I'll be using an external 400GB Seagate drive for the files.

    I know neither system will playback HD video but all the forums say the older ones work fine for simply recording.

    I talked a friend into buying a DV400 last fall when her HP died and she's been more than happy with it for Word and Web stuff. Just wondering if I could maybe get more use out of the 700 since it has a bigger HDD.

    Just looking for suggestions.
  2. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    I would get a tower. I wouldn't use a G3 iMac because the screen would be on all the time.
  3. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    I'd go for the 700, just a better machine and would be more reliable for what you want to do with it. Of course the 700 is $350 and for another $150 you could get a mini.

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