Good purchase?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ih8reno, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. Ih8reno macrumors 65816

    Ih8reno

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    I found a craigslist add for a imac g5 17inch which apparently had a blue screen whenever on for $20. The buyer yanked the hdd but states everything else is intact. Is it worth taking the gamble on a simple fix or is it a waste of cash.
     
  2. rei101 macrumors 6502a

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  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    I believe that the HDD in the G5 is PATA (at least they were in the G4 PowerBooks) so it may cost more for a hard-drive than it would to buy the machine. Might be good for the sake of nostalgia but don't expect any real performance or usability from it.
     
  4. Ih8reno thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thought it would be a fun project, already have a machine exactly like this though, maybe I'll just leave it be.
     
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...as cheap as new hardware is getting these days, I wouldn't spend any $$ on the project myself.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The iMac G5 has a SATA I onboard controller. Not a PATA one, I just don't want the OP to be confused when buying a drive. G4 and earlier had stock PATA drives, G5 and Intel were SATA.
     
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Ah, thanks for your clarification. I'll remember that for future. :eek:
     

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