Which would you rather have?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Zwhaler, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Ok, just for fun, I thought it would be interesting to see how die-hard some of you die-hard mac users are, so answer me this. Which would you rather use (or be stuck on :D ) for one year:

    A 633 Mhz G3 with 128mb of RAM (BUT you get to run Mac OSX 10.4 (let's pretend that the computer can handle it) OR

    A quite fast 2.0 Ghz Pentium 4 with 512mb of RAM, BUT you have to run Windoze XP, with only the STOCK protection that comes with SP2. Toughie, eh?

    Just thought I'd ask ;)

    -ZW

    (edit: arrrgh i forgot to add a poll :mad: )
     
  2. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't call a computer with 512 MB of Ram "quite fast", but definitely the Windows box. I love OS X, but only on nice hardware. It ran pretty well on my iBook G4, but anything slower than that would be pretty annoying to use IMO.

    On the other hand, the Windows box would probably handle media and productivity apps a bit better, even though it is Windows.

    Still, though, I bet the G3 could handle more open programs simultaneously than the Windows box!!! :p
     
  3. Zwhaler thread starter macrumors 603

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    For what it's worth, is there any way to add a poll after you post the darn thread :eek:
     
  4. kered22 macrumors 6502

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    Call me insane, but I'd use the 633Mhz G3. LOL Why? Because I've installed and run OS X on my Wallstreet Powerbook G3 266Mhz. 4GB hard drive, the RAM isn't maxed, 96MB I believe. It wasn't fast, wasn't great at multi-tasking but it actually runs things quite nicely if you use 10.2 Jaguar. 10.4 does run on it but both it and 10.3 are really too demanding.
     
  5. Zwhaler thread starter macrumors 603

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    Well, I kind of figured that 633 mhz was just a tad slow? Maybe I am wrong but compared to the 2 gig i think its a tough decision.
     
  6. kered22 macrumors 6502

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    633 with 128MB of RAM would be pretty bearable I think. 266Mhz didn't drive me insane (that I know of anyways LOL) but it is pretty slow.
     
  7. Cloud9 macrumors regular

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    Neither,

    I'd rediscover the joy of writing letters by hand, playing music with my guitar, and learn all about darkroom expereinces my freinds had in highschool/college.
     
  8. ripfrankwhite macrumors regular

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    Just goes to show how much I hate windows. LOL! It is a tough decision. I think that is hilarious that two machines so far apart in the spec department, can create such a tough decision. It says a lot for OS X.

    With that said, you should probably go with the Pentium. I'm sorry to say such a thing. It breaks my heart. :(
     
  9. Nermal Moderator

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    I'd go for the G3. My first Mac was an 800 MHz G3, and it "felt" faster than the Athlon 2000 it replaced.
     
  10. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Which ever one is the laptop. If they're both laptops, the one with the better battery life and better hardware. OS doesn't matter for me.
     
  11. tedrjr03 macrumors regular

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    id go with the mac because soon enough the pc is going to be unusable with all the viruses,trojan horses, and spyware, it will accumilate in just a few hours,lol
     
  12. eXan macrumors 601

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    I think I'd rather take a G3, but install OS 9 on it. 128 MB isnt enough for OSX, hell, even 512 MB isnt! :eek:
     
  13. After G macrumors 68000

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    Short answer:
    G3. They're not so shabby. And I have a lot more I want to run on OS X than Windows.

    Long answer:
    This is assuming usable means I can open up at least one or two programs at a time. OS X wasn't usable for me when the HD kept thrashing. (I had an eMac with the minimum of memory before. Even G4, it's not pretty). Windows has a lot of free software, but being out of the loop for a while means that I forgot what cool things I wanted to run on Windows that were worth running anyway.
     
  14. pknz macrumors 68020

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    I really dislike using computers that can't keep up with me. So probably neither.
     
  15. Spaceman Spiff macrumors regular

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    The G3. The old 422mhz iMac I keep around is still pretty snappy, I have it on 10.3. Sometimes it seems to outperform my 1ghz eMac. Besides, I love having machines around that can still boot into classic. Original C&C LAN party! :D
     
  16. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    The G3. I have a 400 mhz sawtooth that is running Tiger quite well, so if you max the ram, it's probably going to perform just fine. It's a laptop, right?
    I don't want to ever spend money on a windows box. Just not an option.
     
  17. oblomow macrumors 68000

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    I would take Windows laptop and replace the OS with a good linux distribution. Mind you, I'm not a linux guy, but it sure beats Windows anytime. Ubuntu would be a nice option. With Evolution (mail), OpenOffice,
    Firefix and Gimp you're all set.
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Just a complete guess, but was that 800 MHz G3 Mac an iBook with the 32 MB ATI Radeon 7200 video card or whatever?
     

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