Which one would you pick?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Patmian212, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Patmian212 macrumors 68020

    Patmian212

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    Hey all
    I found 2 good offers in the local paper.

    1.eMac @1.42
    640 MB RAM
    80GB
    Ati Radeon 9600 64
    Combo
    500 euros

    2.Powermac G4 QS@800 SP
    768MB
    60GB
    Ati RV200 32(no idea what it is he said thats what it said in the system profiler)
    Combo
    480 euros

    I already have a screen. I mostly want to use these computers for a bit of gaming, garageband, web design, some bryce 3D WORK and light photoshop.
    I will have to keep one of these computers for a while atleast 3 years. Which would you pick?
     
  2. obiwandreas macrumors newbie

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    Although the Quicksilver is upgradable, the eMac has a faster system bus, faster processor, better graphics chip, and faster memory. In the long run, that'll probably make it useful for longer. The hard drive in the eMac is a bit slower, but you can always replace that later (or plug in an external).

    I generally reccomend newer machines if given the choice.
     
  3. iPhil macrumors 68040

    iPhil

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    Ati rv200 is a Ati Radeon 7500 Video card according to Mac Tracker ..

    The PM has alot upgrade possibilities but its running slower out of the box..
     
  4. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, another vote for the eMac, and if its in the paper, you can always barter them down a bit...
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd go for the eMac. The Power Mac G4 can only be upgraded up to the Radeon 9600 anyways. You get a faster bus speed and RAM in the eMac. You can also try your hand at upgrading the optical or hard drive in the eMac.
     
  6. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    I'd go for the emac also. Best bang for the buck without doing any upgrades.
     
  7. Toadinthehole macrumors newbie

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    emacs a winner. good specs and good price real shame they decided not to continue making them :mad:
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    They are still making them. You can only buy it in the Educational Institution Store. They occasionally show up from time to time in the refurb section. Apple wants you to buy the iMac G5. At the price they're coming down to in the refurb store (US$849-US$1199) it's worth just buying a full blown G5.
     
  9. Toadinthehole macrumors newbie

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    the point i was making is they are not for sale to the general public, i.e you have to be an edu buyer to buy one :D
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Well they still make them. It's just hard for us to get 'em. ;)
     
  11. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    Quicksilver all the way
    i used to own an emac 1.25ghz and the graphics sucked (the 1.42 is a little better)
    but the quicksilve holds it value better and is way more upgradable

    hands down go with the quicksilver, no question in my mind
     
  12. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Patmian212

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    Ok well I decided to get the emac, I will recieve it this thursday. The seller forgot to mention that the keyboard and mouse arent included:mad: but oh well. The thing that made me decide on the emac was I really want to get rid of my ugly CRT!
     
  13. Patmian212 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Patmian212

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    Also how do you think the emac listed above will compete with the ibook in my sig in the following tasks:
    WoW
    Football Manager 2006
    Dreamweaver/RapidWeaver
    Garageband
    Bryce 3D
    Web surfing
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The eMac is going to be faster. You have a 7200 RPM hard drive, faster video card, and faster CPU. More RAM might help though.
     

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