Craigslist and awesome trades

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by RedCroissant, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

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    I have been looking for replacement parts for my G5 Quad and a late-night look at CL resulted in me finding someone that wanted to trade their Late 2005 DP 2.3 PowerMac G5! I offered a Dell XPS AIO entertainment PC that a coworker gave to me after I fixed it, and the seller said, "Yes."

    How awesome is that? So if all goes according to plan, then by tomorrow I will have a Late 2005 PMG5 DC that I can take memory, hopefully a working Superdrive, the GEForce 6600, and very hopefully (an AP/BT module) and max out as much as possible my Quad.

    So we'll see. Now I just need 16GB RAM and a few more ACDs and I'll be all set.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    That's cool Red, hope it works out well!

    You always seem to have more luck with CL then I ever do!
     
  3. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    My favorite Craigslist trade so far was when I swapped my TiBook (which was admittedly very nice) for a G4 with a pretty rare 2.0GHz CPU upgrade and an SSD.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Deals like you got are ultra rare. The fact that your DA does not have any real heat issues with that processor - even more rare.

    You are a very lucky person.
     
  5. oldhifi macrumors 6502a

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    me too..
     
  6. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    Thanks :D.

    It's a real champ. It impresses me all the time, like when it was able to run Civ IV on max settings at native resolution on my 30" ACD. I don't actually game on this machine but man was that impressive.
     
  7. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    It is cool because now I don't have to spend any money at all except for the small amount of gas to drive 10 miles.

    I also have a system with CL, though. If anything I want but can't afford was posted within 2 weeks, then I just wait bc I don't really NEED it yet. But once the ad has been posted for a month or so, then I contact the seller and see what the deal is. I also look for posts where it's obvious that they're not the original owners and are hoping for something but don't know the actual value. Sometimes this backfires because they see the Apple logo and think big money, but usually it works to my favor every once in a while.

    So I get the PMG5, original white keyboard, and the mighty mouse for a DELL AIO without a keyboard and mouse that's currently running Ubuntu. Fine by me!
     
  8. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Erik and I both know that getting fast processors in these cases can be an exercise in frustration. I have Erik's old processor running stably at 1.6hz(where I think he had it), but haven't been able to get it stable at any faster speeds. It may end up in my rackmount DA, where the airflow is much better.

    Is yours a single or dual 2.0? I suspect that a single might be a bit more stable.
     
  9. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    It is a single processor. It's basically the perfect OS9 machine. I've been thinking of actually swapping in a GeForce 4600 or maybe 9800 Pro and running OS 9 because running OS X is clearly not what this Mac was originally intended for. Not that it doesn't run Leopard well, just that it's literally the fastest possible desktop that can run OS9 (where DP configurations make little to no difference).
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    ^^^EDIT: single processor (as above).

    I believe his is a dual and a Sonnet on top of that. Which explains why it's stable and runs cool enough to be able to be stable and cool under extreme load (as I imagine running Civilization IV would put it under).

    Both of our trials with that GD (I can think of another term other than GigaDesigns) dual processor of yours just shows you that Sonnet and Newertech are the better quality performers here.

    Now that I know what I know, had I been involved and around in the scene when those companies were active and selling I would not have batted an eye at their prices back then if I had it to spend.
     
  11. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    It's actually a single processor Newertech. I certainly wish it were a dual Sonnet :rolleyes:! I'm not sure that CPU even exists though.

    I suspect that Civ IV was able to perform well on the CPU side because I was in the early game stages, where CPU load is admittedly quite lower than it can get in late game. I'm pretty sure it's the FireGL I have to thank for the high resolution and image quality.
     
  12. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Heat-fortunately-shoud be a fair bit easier to manage on single processor than a dual.

    The processor I have that Erik used to have is a dual. It's rated at 1.8ghz, but neither of us have been able to get it past 1.6.


    The GeForce 4600 Ti is the best OEM graphics card you can get for OS 9. Don't try a 9700-Core Image came about after OS 9 "died" and a CI card will tend to be sluggish if it will work at all under OS 9.
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Well, I actuallty had it stable at 1.73Ghz at one point, but then I had to go and add a SATA card and drives and video cards and so the heat in the case crept up, which affected the CPU.

    If you don't have much in there you could probably get it to 1.73.
     
  14. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I think I need to go through and do a complete case fan replacement like you did. I'm still using all stock fans(plus the two I added-an 80mm on top of the processor card and a blower in the zip bay).

    I think just replacing the main case fan, CPU fan, and PSU fan with newer, higher CFM replacements might help some.

    At this point, all I have in it is a 9600 PC&Mac, which is not a super hot card.

    I couldn't get it any faster than 1.33 before I lapped the heatsink. With the improvement that made, I'm hoping that I can get it faster with better airflow.

    After my thesis is signed and turned in...
     
  15. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    Is there a good ADC-compatible card for OS9? I noticed that the 4600 Ti doesn't have a port for it.
     
  16. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I've had two Mac edition 4Tis and they both had DVI+ADC out. BTW, if you're buying one try to find the one with the extended PCB. Both will work fine, but the short PCB version should be removed before moving the computer a significant amount. The extended PCB(which engages the support rails at the front of the case) was intended for BTO cards so that Apple could safely ship them with the cad installed.

    If you're buying a flashed card, all bets are off as to what it might have. I have a Quadro 4(very similar to a 4Ti) that I've been meaning to flash. It has dual DVI out
     
  17. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    Update on the G5s

    I now have a working superdrive in my Quad AND 2 original PMG5 HDDs (I think). So after exchanging the HDDs and the superdrive and cleaning things up a bit in there, I am performing an actual full install as we speak. It is awesome.

    What's better is that the 2.3 DC is also a great machine that is surprisingly in really good condition! It was dusty for sure, but it booted right up, was quiet, and everything of course worked the way that it was supposed to. SO I think that I'll be cloning the Quad over to the DC just in case the Quad dies on me.

    This is completely fun.
     
  18. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like a decent trade. TiBooks can go for over $100 if in good shape.

    My best deal was a 23" Apple Cinema HD Display (DVI, Aluminum) in perfect shape with power adapter for $80 or something. The guy thought it was a 20" and so did I until I sat it down next to my 20".
     
  19. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The absolute best I've ever done is gettting my son's 1Ghz TiBook from a recycler for $25 (including shipping).

    The hinges were broke, but swapping the screen with the one from my TiBook/400 gave my son a great Mac. It's got paint missing but the case is otherwise undamaged, the hinges (from the TiBook/400) are still going strong and the internals were all perfect.

    It came with max ram and he's got my old 100GB HD in there.

    The second best I ever did was my wife's 12" PB for $50, plus a new screen for $25. Seller rolled it down a flight of stairs and cracked the screen. Otherwise, the condition of the case was still perfect. That seller did not appreciate discovering that all he had to do was replaced the screen. He thought it was dead so when out and bought a new MB.

    And in this is my new A1013 for $70. Perfect case. I'm real happy with it.
     
  20. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    $25 is a steal, though taking apart is a pain. $70 for a 17" isn't bad either.

    By the way, this is post #500. Up goes the AuBook G4 Avatar!
     
  21. ptdebate macrumors 6502

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    Jealous! I'm only a little over halfway there.
     
  22. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    If you want a good way to increase your post amounts, just go into the buying advice forum and just write your opinion on each one. It's pretty simple that way and then you too can have an avatar. Yesssssss
     
  23. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Awesome!

    Yeah, his Mac came pretty much loaded except for the hard drive, which the original owner pulled before giving it to recycling.
     
  24. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    No wonder I don't even have access to the Marketplace yet. :)
     
  25. redheeler macrumors 603

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    You sure got the upper hand on that trade :D

    Someday I'll get a G5 quad.
     

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