imac G4 resurrection!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by alexis0070, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. alexis0070 macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2013
    Hi, my gf said she likes the imac G4. I want to help her build a mac/pc, so, this is the plan:

    Budget: :)450$ - $700:mad:
    I found a cheap imac g4 15" on ebay (100-120$)
    I'll buy this: (mac mini; only the logic board; I'll put it inside the G4)

    Does this board include the i5 processor? What else do I need? Hdd? Power supply?
    I know it's kind of hard, but I'm optimistic. Sorry for my english.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You will need ram, Hard drive, power supply, fan, airport card, speaker, heat sinks, possibly antennas and battery.

    I'd say you'll be better off getting a used mac mini and then trying to retro fit that into the iMac. One thing you'll have to consider is the Mac Mini's oddly shaped logic board and port placement vs. the G4 iMac's round shape and port placement.

    Its not impossible to do, but I think if you've never done anything like this before you may be in over your head.

    Take a look at the Mac Mini tear down at iFixit to get an idea of what you're missing from the eBay sale.
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    The gentleman who started this thread basically did what you are planning to do. You can try consulting him for more info.

    Good luck.

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