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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ibookos9, Mar 4, 2008.
It is 867 Mhz 80GB HD 512MB ram
what do u think?
Not too bad - I just bought one with 1.5GB RAM, and a couple of hard drives for about $170 (QuickSilver ED).
I think it's a waste of money, unless you know specifically why you're buying it. It's a six year old obsolete computer.
Don't know about the OP's plans, but mine's going to replace a G3 PM (B&W, 350MHz) server, that's been running 10.2 Jag Server for going on 5 years 24/7.
Currently, it's "burning in" running 10.5 just fine. Just have to get around to migrating to 10.4 server (don't have Leopard server, yet).
uhhhh... we use machines with lower specs at work...
****, we use g3 imacs for our sales people to send and receive PDF proofs over email.
So your company isn't interested in efficiency. What's that got to do with a slow G4 being a bad buy if a person doesn't have a specific reason to purchase it?
It's an awful way to get your feet wet with a Mac. Nobody would suggest buying a 1.8ghz P4 as being a good way to get acquainted with Vista.
be a great file server - plus... it's only $100!! You can barely buy a tank of petrol here in the UK for that.
I have a G4 733Mhz with 384MB of ram and it's perfectly good for everything except games. So while there are faster things, it's still as snappy as the day I bought it.
This was the first mac with large HDD support. It is a great deal! No sense in craping on old hardware.
My main machine is a dual 1ghz with 2 gigs of ram, 1.5tb hd with a sata card, and pushing 3 LCDs. Its perfect for ilife, itunes and even streaming video from the web. And it boots Leopard faster than my mac mini <20 seconds!!!! I do want a new imac. But even when I get one this should at least be my server and secondary computer.
Many of us need the options of a mac pro, but don't want to pay the insane price for even a used one.
Here in Japan a guy is asking for $600 for the same model - not that far fetched as I paid $450 for a 1.0 ghz, which with its new battery and Leopard runs very well. It also looks spotless. So, I say that's a pretty reasonable way to spend $100, even if it's just for fooling around.
so does that mean you can ripout the HD and but in something like a 500GB? Is there space for 2 HDD?
Would make the most awesome file server. Or hook it up to some decent speakers and put it in your living room as an iTunes Jukebox!
Heck even just buying it for the case is cheap, it's a good case.
You could fit 4 hard drives in that Quicksilver...maybe even more.
sweeeeeet - there are loads of them on eBay in the UK for about £100 (~450MHz though). If a 1GHz one comes up for about £150 i'm there!
Remember G4's older than 2002 can't support hard drives more than 137 gigs..
You need to get something to get past that limit (i forget the link..)
dont know why, but this is the same thing as with a modded original XBOX, you need to partition the drives in a way with 32/64 bit or k clusters, i dont know...otherwise it only see 137GB of anything larger.
That's on the internal ATA controller, but it'll support whatever you like on Firewire/USB.
Go For It Dude
The 2002 867mhz quicksilver (what the OP is looking at) was the first to support big drives. I have 2 500's and 2 250's in mine at the moment.
yeah that's bs. my g4 powermac came out xmas of '99 (350mhz g4 then) , and it's still working great. it's been on 24-7 as my internet/bit torrent machine for at least 5 years. i upgraded the processor to a OWC 1ghz, 1ghz of ram, a superdrive and an ATI 128mb graphics card.
it runs great and the only issues i've had were with some bad hard drives about 4 years ago.
i have photoshop, illustrator, after fx, finalcut pro and several other apps on it and it does fine. it's not the fastest machine i've ever used, but it is without a doubt the most reliable and long lasting computer i have ever owned or heard about from anyone i know. granted, the apps are not the current versions, but they all work fine.
the user who started this thread should know that there are options out there. he could get the powermac and upgrade the processor, ram and video card and be just fine. it's not gonna blow the doors off of any newer powermac or macpro, but it can serve many purposes, and is surely not obsolete.
I use a Dual G4 1.25 at work and it still works great. I use Photoshop and InDesign CS3 on it daily (with 1.75GB Ram) with no real slowdown issues. Sure, a Mac Pro would obviously be much faster but the G4 is more than usable.