Buying a G4 for Graphic Design


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 1, 2007
I would like to begin learning graphic design. I work in the communications field and being able to edit and create images is a big plus. I don't have a lot of money to spend and would also like to begin learning the mac platform.

So, I thought that I'd buy a used mac with all of the graphic design software already installed.

I'm considering a G4 (the seller's ad is listed below).

Is this a good idea?

Again, I'm not sure how often I'll be designing at work, if at all, and this would be purely a learning computer.

Power Mac G4
448 MB Ram
100 MHz
OSX installed
Software installed: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat
Microsoft Office Suite
Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash
Extensis Suitcase X

19" Trinitron Monitor

Lacie External CD-RW

Ikea metal computer table with keyboard tray

Perfect for someone looking to start out in graphic design or website design - all the programs are installed!


macrumors 603
Oct 2, 2006
The Land of Hope and Glory
It is only a good idea if you get the original CDs and manuals as well. Buying preinstalled software is dodgy. You never know if the seller is going to keep the disks and use the software on another computer. They could even be downloaded versions which the seller just installed to increase the price that he might get for the computer.


macrumors 68040
Aug 7, 2005
Up the irons
I would recommend buying a G5 iMac to learn OS X as it will run Leopard quite well. A G4 like that will struggle with Panther.


macrumors newbie
Nov 2, 2007
There was never a 100 MHz G4, and 448 MB of RAM is an incorrect multiple. Does the seller know their machine? Can you trust a seller who is this misinformed?
448MB is possible with a 64, 128 & 256 stick. I'd assume the 100mhz is the front side bus speed. The system is probably one of the early G4's. Probably 400-500mhz.


macrumors G5
So, I thought that I'd buy a used mac with all of the graphic design software already installed.
Which, of course, is a violation of copyright unless your get the original CDs, serials, and a transfer of ownership, which you will never get at a cheap price.

Starting with pirated software is not a good plan for a creative design person, whose entire livelihood depends on others respecting the rights you hold in your own work.

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