Advice on buying an Old School Mac - G4/G5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hakkera, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Hakkera macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    About a year ago I owned a nice polycarbonate white Macbook [I think it was the model previous to the current one - it had squareish corners, but still a c2d] Long story short I needed money and I didn't have a use for a laptop anymore, so I sold it and went back to using Windows, a situation I am still in today.

    I defintely miss working with OSX, and whilst I don't have the money to replace a Quad Core PC with Dual Graphics Cards that runs CS5, I'd love to get an old Mac and fool about with it for every day tasks - Word processing, Using as a music library etc.

    I'm not too bothered if I have a Laptop or a Desktop, as I doubt I'd move them around but iMacs are more expensive than Macbooks, so I'm wondering what would I would be best of spending my money on.

    I have about £200-300 to spend on a second hand machine.

    Any help would be much appreciated as I have no experience using non Intel machines.

    Thanks.
     
  2. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    A G4 would be the best choice. Maybe an iMac G4? Then upgrade it yourself and you'll have a very usable computer. Get a 17 or 20 inch if you can find one, and make sure it has at least a 1 GHz processor, that still can barely survive in the modern world.
     
  3. Hakkera thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm looking around at the moment, and obviously I'd want something that could survive with reasonable integrity. I'm not sure about G4s, however a Mac Pro G5 can be obtained for about 250. Sure I'd have to buy a monitor and another keyboard and mouse, but I might be able to do that for £50. Anybody have any experience of working with G5 Pros? Can they still cut it today?
     
  4. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

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    I have a dual core G5 @ 2.3ghz. I am sure even a slower one would be okay for the things you mentioned.

    BTW, it is called a Power Mac G5 not a Mac Pro G5 :)
     

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