Buy a Legacy Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by slooksterPSV, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. slooksterPSV macrumors 68040


    Apr 17, 2004
    I've seen a lot of threads on Reddit where individuals purchase legacy systems such as an SE/20, Performa, Star, G3, G4, etc. So I'm considering actually buying one just to have as a tinker system. I initially started my adventures with Mac with an old Powerbook Lombard running Panther. I upgraded to an iBook G3 500MHz with 384MB of RAM, iMac G3 with 192MB RAM, then to an iBook G4 1.33GHz with 1GB RAM. Currently I have a Macbook 2009 Mid with El Capitan.

    Outside of the security, supported software, etc. etc. etc. Does anyone here purchase legacy systems just for fun? I remember using the iMac with Bleem to run my PS1 games. I actually miss it. It was great! Now I know that these systems can't really even surf the web very well, but sometimes legacy software is just fun to use.

    What do you guys think? Max spending limit would be $70.
  2. TheTruth101 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2017
    I had and regret it. Limited and slow. Even for the fun of it.
  3. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Go visit the PowerPC forum.

    PowerPC Macs
  4. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    I'm a bit of a Mac collector, you're not alone.

    Over the years I've amassed a number of machines including a Powerbook 5300CS, a Blue and White G3 tower, an iBook Clamshell, an iBook g4, a G4 MDD and quicksliver, and a G5 Dual... Some might say I have a problem, I say I have an interesting hobby.
  5. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    I satisfied my tinkering urge by downloading a classic MacOS emulator and playing around in system 6. I played a game of Missile, typed in SimpleText, tried to design a logo in MacDraw... good times! And all contained within my own Mac.
  6. Radiomarko macrumors member


    May 6, 2008
    UK & Russia
    I have a garage full, nearly every Apple or Mac I have owned. Anything that is still beefy enough is at home and put to use as a server or a recipe database. Love the early Powerbooks and the earlier MBs, look Mama - ports!!

    Go for it, you will learn a lot.
  7. TheTruth101 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2017
    The only thing I would do is to take one of those sunflowers mac, the white one. Or a Cube and replace the hardware for the one of a new Mac Mini or something. Those enclosures were awesome. THAT I would do.
  8. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    This is the best advice. I have played around with them in the past, but don't have the time or space for it now. You'll get the most out of it if there is something specific you want to use it for like a game that has nostalgic value since you played it as a kid.
  9. Starfia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2011
    I've always missed making HyperCard games on the early black-and-white Macs, let alone older games that ran in the dawn-of-the-Internet years.

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