A budget mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LordOfTheMacs, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. LordOfTheMacs macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2008
    New Jersey
    Hey all,
    I have a friend looking to get into a mac very cheaply. She would use it for iTunes, surfing, e-mail and youtube. She would like to spend under $150
    Any suggestions?
  2. Gleadr macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2009
    This is a lost cause you could get a mac for that price but it would probably be an iMac g3 running os9 if she had 1,000 I would go for the refurb rev a MacBook air it would work fine for what she wants to use it for. Or she could get a refurb white MacBook for $849
  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    There are loads of iMac G3s on eBay. For $100 + shipping you can get a 600 Mhz, 512 MB RAM, 40GB HDD iMac running Tiger. Check it out. That system would do fine for email, word processing, and general surfing. Might have trouble with YouTube, though?

    :rolleyes: If the buyer in question had $1000 to spend, they would have said so. Not "I have $150 to spend".
  4. akbc macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    Can you even get a PC with $150 that can run YouTube properly?

    iMac G3 will have hard time running youtube videos...
  5. Gioman macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Pretty much, yes.

    You could get a G4 iMac, eMac or PowerMac (probably not the MDD's, or evem the QuickSilver)..

    G4's (with enough RAM) are good enough for average stuff. While they might be acceptable now, they are not at all future proof. They have been Apple's low-end processors since the introduction of the G5 in 2003....
  6. WPB2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2008
    Southeast, LA
    If all your friend has is 150.00 then the Apple products are not right for her.
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Double it to $300 and you'll have much better prospects.
  8. Sly macrumors 6502


    Nov 30, 2003
    Airstrip One
    The best value second hand Mac is the good old eMac. Some ebay sleuthing should bring up an 800mhz G4 which will run youtube vids. It may be a white elephant but it's a good solid performer for pocket change.
  9. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    The eMac is probably in the right price range... if its local. Shipping a heavy eMac won't help things though.
  10. pwrmacg4 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2009
    I have a PowerMac G4 500MHz with 512MB of ram and it doesn't play YouTube videos well. The sound is fine but the video is all choppy. I think i got mine like two years ago for like $250.
  11. tbae12 macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2008
    You are not going to find a mac like that unless you look at someplace like ebay or something. even then the computer would probably be crap. If those things are all she's going to do then she should look into a netbook cause those are going to be the closest things to $150.
  12. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I just saw a 1.25GHz eMac on Austin CL for $150. I don't use youtube very much but if an iPhone has no problem, surely this won't.
  13. macffooky macrumors regular

    May 13, 2004
    The 51st State
    A couple of my kids have these and they run YouTube happily. Only caveat is that some of these have capacitors that leak causing video problems and Apple probably won't fix them for free anymore, though some people are still getting lucky.
  14. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Wow, $150? Does she work at McDonalds?

    In all seriousness, go with the iMac G3. But wow.
  15. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    Tell her to stick with her current computer and save for a bit... or buy an iPod :p
  16. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    An eMac should suffice for around $150-$200. I got mine (in sig) for $207 with 768 mb of Ram and with Tiger on it 6 months ago. It runs Youtube well enough and for a first Mac it's great.
  17. GeekLawyer macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    The G3 iMac is a great machine, but it won't fit this need. I have a 600Mhz with a new HDD and 1Gig of RAM. You might get every 20 frames on YouTube.

    If video is negotiable, go for it. My old iMac sits in my kitchen and is great for iTunes, surfing, recipes, and the like. Great conversation piece for dinner parties, too. ;)
  18. dvince2 macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2007
    Slightly over budget, but not much. I managed to find the G4 in my signature for 225. just keep an eye on Craigslist or Kijiji for listings.
  19. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    Would a powermac g4 quicksilver with 1.4 ghz sonnet PPC processor, 1GB ram, upgraded video card w/128mb, be enough to run youtube videos smoothly? Right now, I have a powermac g4 with 400mhz, 1gb ram, ati rage w/16mb, and that runs youtube videos choppy. I just want to be able to watch youtube(and other videos) smoothly. Do you think the quicksilver system mentioned above will suffice?
  20. Sly macrumors 6502


    Nov 30, 2003
    Airstrip One
    It would. My old 800mhz G4 iMac runs youtube without dropping frames but does max the processor out to 100%.
  21. 5280m macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2009
    eMac, I just sold mine for $150. That is your best bet.
  22. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    Hey all. I am also looking for a "budget" mac, but not a desktop. My girlfriend has a PowerBook G4 Titanium and its starting to fail, badly. She wants to get herself a MBP, but money is very tight. After reading this, I was thinking a PowerBook G4 Aluminum might be a better choice for her ATM. I assume it would be much cheaper (maybe ~$500 or less?) and would work with the software she already has (she is a musician and has a bunch of PPC editing software). Also it would have a lot more power then the PBG4 T. Anyway, I am trying to get an estimate on the price one on of them. Anyone know how much it would run her?

    Thanks ahead of time for the help.
  23. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    Hackintosh netbook with OS X on it would be the only way to have a "decent" machine around that price range running Intel hardware with Leopard.
  24. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Why all the hatin' on the G4? I just recently bought my mother-in-law a 700MHz eMac w/512MB RAM and Tiger and it suits her needs (YouTube included) perfectly fine. I think any eMac would be a great first Mac and you can EASILY find them for $150 or less (I paid $80 for the one I bought, shipping included). I do, however, recommend getting plenty of RAM (512MB at a BARE MINIMUM) and if you do that the old G4 isn't too bad. Keep your eyes open and you might even find a G4 iMac in the mix, though it'll be more like $200+. I LOVED my old G4 iMac - gorgeous machine. My recommendation is to look for a 2004 edition eMac (1.0GHz plus, though there are 1.0's that are 2003 editions) - the '04 eMac includes either a 1.0 or 1.25GHz G4, USB 2.0 (most important), and DDR memory (much cheaper than PC133, usually, and up to 2GB RAM, at least unofficially). Check this one out this one:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-eMac-G4-1...5|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1308|301:1|293:1|294:50 (Its probably an '03, but for $139 shipped, who can complain? It doesn't have Tiger (has Panther), but it does have 512MB RAM)

    Or this one, if you can go to about $185 or so:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-eMac-G4-1...5|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318|301:1|293:1|294:50 (More RAM, Superdrive, Tiger, still not sure on '03/'04)

    Either should be great and there are TONS more on eBay with reasonable TOTAL prices. I simply searched "emac 1.0ghz" and found this in literally 30 seconds or less. Good luck - I personally think a 1.0+ eMac is the best way to go for around $150.

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