20 inch, imac, 1.25ghz power PC ... Is it worth it ? £500

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bushfrog, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. bushfrog macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2006
    I have been offered a 20inch 1.25-GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB DDR SDRAM, 80GB hard drive

    Its at a cost of £500

    Is this worth it ? will 1.25ghz be suffient for most things ? Am i best to save for a current imac ?

    Will i notice a massive difference to my macbook dual core 1.83ghz when running day to day apps?

    please someone fill me in
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i wouldnt get it personally. but then again it is a g4 lol
  3. Macmadant macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2005
    you'll notice a difference, especially you'll see the spinning beech ball a lot more often, my G4 1.25 GHz powermac at 786MB ram is painful at times
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Yes, I notice the difference with my iMac G5, which is a lot quicker than a G4, so much so I don't use it anymore, with the £500 buy an external monitor, update the RAM on the Macbook to 2GB, and you'll be set.
  5. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    I personally think that's a rip-off. £500 = $975 and I would not pay that much for a G4 machine. You could get a refurb Intel iMac with a lot more bang in it for not much more. Unless of course, you're going for the design (which then I couldn't really object to :D).
  6. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    But, surely the G4 iMac is one of the best designed computers even made :D
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I agree, it most certainly is. But it is not worth £500. :)

    And yes bushfrog, your 1.83GHz MacBook will be much snappier than a 1.25GHz iMac G4. :)
  8. Mikael macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2005
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    That's a lot of money for outdated computer tech. The G4 might have been all the rage back in the day, but it's time to move on. Or find one for reasonable money.

    Also, the "snappiness" of a system has, contrary to widespread belief in the Mac community, very little to do with CPU speed. This is much more likely to be related to the harddrive. Heck even my old Pentium 200 MMX feels reasonably quick at non processor intensive tasks, due to upgrading the drive to a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM.
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    True, things like a faster HDD and extra RAM will make even an older machine feel snappy. But there is something to be said when going from a single core PowerPC G4 to a dual core processor. :)

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