Meh, I was just wondering, because I need a newer machine to replace my 200Mhz Pentium MMX, and I noticed on eBay I can get a 400Mhz iMac or a 1Ghz+ PC for about the same price (those macs really hold their value, lol).CanadaRAM said:Limitation - they have either a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM, no burner, and the slot load optical drives are neither easy nor cheap to upgrade.
They will however take up to 1 Gb of PC100/133 DIMMs, and that is easy to install. The DV models would be more desirable because they have Firewire. The non-DV models with USB1.1 only are a drag to attach mass storage to. The 15" screen is decent enough.
I would say a 400 MHz iMac DV with 1 Gb RAM and either Jaguar or Panther would be quite viable for many tasks. Certainly I have done Photoshop and Quark professionally on much weaker machines. It will run most programs, including audio and video editing, just slower than the current lineup.
Remember too, you don't necessarily have to use the latest version of a program to get the job done.
Depends on the app... if you are running Win98 on the PC with optimized software it would blow away the Mac. But if you have OS 8.6 on the Mac with that era of software, it would blow away the PC.Heb1228 said:A 1-1.5 GHz PC and a 400-500 MHz iMac are comparable computers speed-wise.
love the quote in your sig. oh yeah, and it'll be alot more usable than a pc from that era/speed.Pittsax said:I can't speak for the 400 MHz iMacs, but I'm using a 400 MHz Pismo laptop as my primary work computer, and it runs apps like all the Adobe CS programs quite well. In fact, the only program I've tried that brought it to its knees was GeneSpring, which is used to analyze gene expression arrays (read: a lot of data...some of the input files are 5 MB .txt files)