Buying a low cost mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by eddhann, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. eddhann macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2008
    Hey there guys, im Edd and im 14 and im new around here :)

    Also, for any geographers i live in the UK:)

    Im pretty much fanatical about macs, and my family had and old 1.83ghz white imac

    So i've been thinking now I would like my own mac, but the trouble is I only have £100 to spend (around $200), It dosen't have to be too fast, or too powerful, just something for browsing or maybe playing the odd game of AoE2 on game-ranger :) (about 300 mhz required).

    And I probably wouldn't have to pay for a monitor/keyboard/mouse etc.

    Ive been looking at everyhing, from old powermacs to emacs

    Is there anything you can think of too satisfy my needs?


  2. MrMinit macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2007

    $200 isn't a lot, but you might be able to find a second-hand Mac Mini 1G for about that price. An iMac G3 may be an alternate, but still; you are going low-budget.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Try craigslist to see if you can find something local, but in UK (at least in London), where a basic lunch can cost £5 ($10), that budget is fairly small.

    If you are lucky you might be able to get the low end old powermac g4 or maybe Mini. Personally I would not do G3.

    Of course, meet in public place, cash only. Test the thing you are buying.
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Powermac G4. Or if you need a screen, then a eMac.
  5. vga4life macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
    I recommend you keep saving. A £100 mac will not make you happy, especially if you're used to an intel iMac.
  6. eddhann thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2008
    ok ill probably save up for an imac g4, like the ones in school of rock lol
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Actually an old powermac are fine for basic use (won't compare to recent iMac of course). However, it'll run much better if you replace the harddrive and add more ram.

    Perhaps a part time job?

    What about setting up a separate account on the iMac?
  8. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I would steer clear of Craigslist for buying/selling merch. it is rife with scammers. Ebay is much more secure & you are protected with paypal.
  9. dragonmantek macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2007
    New York
    get an imac, an older generation, they are great, my friend has one.

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